Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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  1. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Guess so. More for me :slight_smile:
  2. Pittsky

    Pittsky Initiate (0) May 28, 2009 Florida
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    Neither do I. But I've had them all....TRADE
  3. Pittsky

    Pittsky Initiate (0) May 28, 2009 Florida
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    Recently I had Speedway stout and was not impressed.
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  4. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    By ashtray for FIS, I mean that the amount of acridly roasted malt in it was far too much. I can stand a small bit of ash/smoke like malt in a stout, but when it tastes like I'm drinking the remnants of a campfire, that's a little too much.

    And the Black Tuesday I got to try was a 2011, and it was most definitely hot. DuClaw Colossus was easier to drink than BT, and has BT by a few ABV points. If it mellowed out, I'm sure I'd like it a lot more than I did. What flavors did make it through the heat were good, for what that's worth.

    But hey, I'm still in one piece :slight_smile:
  5. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    KtG, DL, Darkness, all versions of Sexual Chocolate
  6. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    Every beer on BA is overrated. Seriously. Look at the ratings. People forget there's a number below 4.
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  7. divineaudio

    divineaudio Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2009 Michigan

    For me- DFH WWS and 120 min. WWS was just a syrupy mess with no stout qualities at all and 120 was bitter booze.
  8. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Initiate (164) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    Anything and everything by Harpoon.
  9. philly224

    philly224 Aspirant (213) Jan 30, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    DFH 120 min for me. I couldn't get over the sweetness.

    I am a fan of WWS however.
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  10. RWNewhouse

    RWNewhouse Initiate (118) Feb 14, 2011 Montana

    Had Black Note for the first time this weekend. A whole lotta meh.
  11. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Dude, Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting had a MOUNTAIN of FBS 4-packs last week as cheap as you're going to find in SE PA.
    Can't recall exact price, but that day I paid $11.50 for a 4-pack of Founders Backwoods Bastard.
  12. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    I drank a 2012 Backwoods Bastard an hour ago, and I have to say that I agree with you. It was very underwhelming.
  13. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    Anything from Maine Beer Company or Lagunitas.

    Green Flash.
  14. mzeld

    mzeld Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2012 Michigan

    You were underwhelmed by Brown Shugga?! Man! I just killed that six pack in two days. Couldn't get enough of it!

    I would double the notion of Burton Baton. Had all the hype for a great oak aged imperial IPA. I was expecting a malty, oak wood, caramelizing taste, but all I got was something....not that haha
  15. theHoff77

    theHoff77 Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    I wouldn't call it highly acclaimed just widely popular, but as I continue to work on my Great Lakes 6 pack of Christmas Ale it continues to underwhelm. I also had Expedition Stout for the first time last week and that was a big meh.
  16. Webbedheel

    Webbedheel Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2012 North Carolina

    Sexual Chocolate
    Oaked Arrogant Bastard

    I will not say that FBS is a letdown, its a great beer, but I will say that WnB>>>>>>>>>>>>FBS
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  17. aminobutyricacid

    aminobutyricacid Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I agree. FBS is not bad but there are many other stouts I feel that are much better, including WnB.
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  18. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,366) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Founders breakfast stout
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  19. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Initiate (195) Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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    Dark Lord (under attenuated, acetaldehyde bomb- but 08 was awesome)
    Chocolate Rain (under attenuated, syrupy mess)
    Melange 3 (sickly cloying- this years is better)
    Black Tuesday (hot, sweet, and muddled, even after a year)
    CBS (I'll take KBS over it any day)
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  20. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Tried my first ever Stone IRS tonight. Just no; I don't get it. I just got no real flavor out of it. If anything, I got a bit of licorice and maybe a little smoke but that's it. No real coffee or cocoa or anything that I feel makes a Russian a Russian. I guess now I understand why it's only $7 a bomber since the flavor was lacking.
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  21. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    Most recently for me is Founders Harvest, it is still a good beer but way over hyped.
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  22. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (443) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    Interesting....I REALLY did not like WnB, but was looking forward to trying FBS. Maybe I should rethink my intentions...
  23. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Internet forums + waiting for seasonal/special releases + need to trade = hype

    Add brewery only release and you get hype^2
  24. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Let your own palate decide.
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  25. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

  26. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    SN Celebration. Yet I buy some every year.
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  27. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Oooooookay, now you've crossed the line! Hah.
  28. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (443) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    Fists were just raised to the sky in disgust, across the world!
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  29. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Poo-Bah (1,879) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Imperial Stout Trooper
    Speedway Stout
  30. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,674) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    I think the IRS is damn good, but compared other off the shelf imperial stouts (Brooklyn BCS, Samuel Smith, Yeti, and Old Rasputin), it falls short. I'd actually reckon it had the same level of flavor and complexity (maybe even a little less) as the Sam Smith RIS - which is only 7%...

    $7-8 for a 22 oz of this, or $4 for a 500mL of Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, I'll go with Sam Smith every single time.
  31. Indybier

    Indybier Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2011 Illinois

    Founders Harvest Ale. Shockingly average for the $.
  32. MikeWard

    MikeWard Meyvn (1,075) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Both Old Ruffian and Old Rasputin underwhelmed me. Do like Old Foghorn, Old 38 Stout, and Old Fezziwig, so it can't be an "old" thing.
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  33. AcE311

    AcE311 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012

    "Racer 5" let me down too hoppy for me not so balanced in my opinion.
  34. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    How much did you end up shelling out? A few places by me sell it for 8$ a 4-pack. I think it's worth 2$ a bottle (but then again, that's just my opinion).
  35. MyIronLung

    MyIronLung Aspirant (259) Oct 28, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Lunch. I dont see what the hype is on it.
  36. AcE311

    AcE311 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012

    Also can i say Arrogant Bastard is not all its hyped up to be, unnecessarily brutal.
  37. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (401) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Black Tuesday... This stuff would be perfect in 2 ounce pours. Anything more than that gets taxing to finish, just sooooo sweet.
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  38. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Id take Burton Baton anytime over Brown Shugga anyday. I just its too cloying sweet and theres not much complexity to it at all. Lagunitas' Undercover Investigation Shutdown ale on the other hand...wow great beer.
  39. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Weird, i think its the exact opposite. Too much malty sweetness not enough hoppy goodness.
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  40. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (443) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    Hmm, I'm going to be in the minority too, it seems. Bought my first 6 of SN Celebration. Hmm...a lot more bitter than I thought it was going to be. Definitely not my favorite.
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