Most memorable drain-pour of 2017

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  1. DrewSnyc667

    DrewSnyc667 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2011 Massachusetts

    Last Year's Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout . . . for me it was undrinkable.
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    My review, word for word:

    This one pours a pale gold with a large but quickly shrinking head of foam. Very bubbly looking.

    The smell is of sweet malt and grain.

    The taste is very sweet with a lot of grain going with it and, the way this one goes, it doesn't even come close to tasting good. There's some bitterness there as well mostly in the finish but... Wow. This is a very rough brew and I'm going to find it hard to finish the bottle and not *just* because of the abv. This is a ghastly beer. Ok, I can't take it any more....down the drain.
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  3. Buck89

    Buck89 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,656) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
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    I went to a big bottle share recently and someone broke out a 2017 Dark Lord French Vanilla Militia. Less than half the people there actually finished their pour, including me. Even compared with DL, this was over-the-top sweet and cloying. Really surprising.
  4. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Pooh-Bah (2,426) May 5, 2015 Illinois
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    I received a bottle of something called "Hell on High" from the same Lithuanian brewer. My sis in law thought I might like it because of its high ABV. It smelled like rotting taffy Apple's and tasted the same. Three sips and it was gone. It was the only beer that would have made Keystone Ice Light (if there is such a thing) taste great.
  5. Buck89

    Buck89 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,656) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
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    That rings a bell!
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  6. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    No drain pours a number of lawn pours mostly Corona!!
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  7. smbslt

    smbslt Pooh-Bah (1,854) Dec 26, 2010 Illinois
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    I am going with operator error on that last Celebration. This one looks and tastes good.
  8. EdmundExley

    EdmundExley Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Habanero sculpin wasn't a drain pour but I certainly didn't like it.
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  9. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2006 California

    Bourbon County Stout. I'm serious. I found it to be thin and quite harsh. Not the BCBS of yore.
  10. mudbug

    mudbug Pooh-Bah (1,688) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Boatswain Twin Screwed Steamer IIPA: From Trader Joe's
    Packaged in a snazzy looking can with a completely misleading statement that what lurks inside is a Double IPA
    Don't be fooled. What poured forth into my Sam Smith's Perfect pint glass looked to be an almost flat, perfect representation of horse's urine, except horses can muster more foam.
    The aroma is straight up spoiled malt liquor with a hint of moldy hay and old lemon peel. That alone almost caused a pre taste run to the sink, but I soldier on.
    Taste is akin to chugging a Colt45 through a sink strainer at a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in fermented cabbage.
    Useful for it's claimed alcohol content and not much else except maybe as a gag gift at a White Elephant party.
    Twin screwed? Yep, once when buying and the second time trying to choke this disaster down.
    Steamer? Yep, as in a huge steaming pile.

    Avoid! And down the drain it went (what was left of it)
  11. flaskman

    flaskman Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    I had a bottle of Old Numbskull that had been in my cellar for who knows how long. I took it over to big Mikes and neither one of us could finish our glass. That was the first time I can remember drain pouring anything.
  12. Averwo

    Averwo Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Iowa

    Stone Bigger Longer and Uncut. Finally pulled it out of my fridge after a year plus. Drank a quarter of it. I see where they were going with it but I wasn't about the drink a whole bomber of it
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  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    It's a carmel coated tire fire in a bottle.
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  14. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I had the exact same impression of this "beer," only I didn't drainpour mine. I recapped it and gave it to @Strike00. :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
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  15. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Not "technical" drain pours, but .... I have only drain poured two beers in my lifetime, and neither of them were bad beers -- they were exceptional beers, it's just that i was too drunk to finish them and there was no other option than to dump them. Just last week, Delirium Noel 2015. A few years ago I poured a dopplebock from one of the Colorado breweries, might have been Fort Collins? It was a good beer, but I was plastered and couldn't finish it. Ah, that pesky alcoholism!
  16. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Grand Pooh-Bah (3,163) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Crazy! I polished off at least half a case over the summer months. Everyone has their own tastes I guess. Ever tried the Margarita variant?
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  17. Lahey

    Lahey Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Currently drinking a juicy tree ipa from shorts. It's a christmas themed ipa. It would have been a drain pour, but I bought a six pack. So I'm finally struggling through the last one...
  18. iwantyourskull

    iwantyourskull Aspirant (269) Dec 27, 2015 Missouri

    i had a friend drive up to chicago and bring their stuff to kc and i helped them move in, for a thank you gift they brought me 4-5 beers from this brewery. i gagged down the first one and hid the other bottles in the back of my cellar for 3-4 years before using them as bb gun target practice. worst brewery ever. only bottle of beer ive ever wasted on purpose.
  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Before or after you drank it? :wink:
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  20. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I rarely drain pour unless it's a health hazard, but I had a can of BA Ten Fidy ah, unexpectedly open itself up. I've never had a soy sauce experience, but it smelled like I had spilled a whole bottle of Soy in my kitchen. I managed to save maybe 8-10 ozs and it tasted like it smelled, it was quite disgusting. Funny I had a can a few months ago and it was as good a BA Stout that I've ever had. I really have no desire for another, I'll never get over that smell.
  21. BergBeer

    BergBeer Maven (1,393) Aug 21, 2013 Hawaii

    Modern Times Symmetric Orchestra.

    The body had a chalky aspirin note and the tartness felt like it was ripping the enamel off of my teeth.

    Finished maybe half a glass out of the 750ml.
  22. kell50

    kell50 Pooh-Bah (2,210) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Victory At Sea- Coconut. Total artificial mess. Not a drain pour as I emptied my glass into my friends goblet.
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  23. hopley

    hopley Pooh-Bah (2,526) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I'm in the camp where I always finish a beer, even if I don't particularly like it...but I did drain pour a Sam Adams Porch Rocker at a corporate event a few years ago after only a few sips - the first being utmost surprise "what in the hell is this?", the second sip being confirmation, the third sip being more of an analytical confirmation of the style, and finally the fourth sip being the decision maker. I didn't pay for it, I'm going to quietly but ceremoniously drianpour it and get myself a different Sam Adams. Truth be told, it was my first experience with a shandy and I'm still not there, but I know it's a traditional style that when done well, can be quite refreshing - so I don't mean this to be a diss on Porch Rocker - just more my surprise at finding unwanted lemons in my beer!!
  24. lewisti

    lewisti Crusader (487) Nov 7, 2001 Connecticut

    Only two this year from up New England way both in December: Berkshire Brewing Co Holidale, their annual offering is usually a decent barley wine style but this year they made it a Belgian style quad. Unfortunately for me it was overly sweet very undercarbonated with zero head and only could do a few sips...the other was Watchusett Wally Juice which was dubbed a juicy dipa but I didn’t realize that because it is infused with blood orange so was exactly like drinking grapefruit juice not for me.
  25. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Any oxidized stout will turn to soy sauce.
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  26. MrJellybean

    MrJellybean Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2016 New Jersey

    I awoke one morning to find a friend of mine didn't finish his bottle of CBS..

    Downnnnnnn the drain she went.
  27. meefmoff

    meefmoff Pooh-Bah (1,786) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Oof, someone brought one of these over as part of a Euro lager sampling night last year. It didn't get drank that night and a few days later I dug into it. I remember it went from "hey this is pretty smooth for the ABV" to "man I don't think I can finish this" in about 6 ounces.

    I'm cheap enough (and generally choosy enough) that I almost never pour out anything but the last third of this guy hit the sink hard.
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  28. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Grand Pooh-Bah (4,748) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I have had a severel that I would have swapped for Drano given the option
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  29. eppie82

    eppie82 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,291) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Mango Magnifico. It was a year+ old and somehow got lost in the back of the beer stash. Was still loaded with habanero heat and it tasted extremely like an artificial fruit juice. Couldn’t get through the bottle so down the drain about half of it went.
  30. Yellowlt4

    Yellowlt4 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2016 Texas

    2016 Dark lord. Had a friend trade for it and we were stoked about trying it. It really was just an aweful beer, it was like sweetened soy sauce, it was memorable because it was my biggest disappointment of the year.
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  31. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Even from a can? It was seriously disgusting.
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  32. sludgegnome

    sludgegnome Pundit (864) Mar 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Nightshift THE 87. Diacetyl bomb. Down the drain it went. So bad. Had to scrub my tongue 3 times to get rid of it. washed my glass several times too. In all fairness the can was 6 months old. Found it at a regular place I go to in PA and was shocked to see it, bought it without a thought(well except for the "Wow in PA?").
  33. tobelerone

    tobelerone Grand Pooh-Bah (4,054) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    Small portions of numerous beers were drained throughout the year due to excess inebriation. Eh, it happens, I'm old enough to know no good comes from forcing myself to drink a few extra unwanted ounces at the end of the night.

    I have a friend who seems to love DFH higher math and often brings bottles to share. More than once I have taken the pour, had a small sip, then snuck off to the kitchen or bathroom and said bye-bye. Despise it so frickin hard.

    On thanksgiving I drain poured about half a De Troch Winter Gueuze, a simply horrible "Gueuze" with added sugar, what a pile of shit.
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  34. Jag237

    Jag237 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2014 Virginia

    The Veil/Evil Twin Honey Nut Jeppio's was way too over the top sweet and I was totally unable to enjoy it
  35. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Even from a can.
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  36. pjbear05

    pjbear05 Pundit (758) May 28, 2008 Florida

    I feel sorry for the lawns.
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  37. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2010 Illinois

    Dozens of good beers that I cracked open just a little too late at night...
    Such a bummer. Pour out (a flat) one for those poor souls.
  38. Realsambo

    Realsambo Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2016 Texas

    Just curious, which styles do you still need?
  39. colts9016

    colts9016 Pooh-Bah (2,785) Jul 2, 2007 Idaho
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    Big Gruesome was an epic disappointment. I was stoked to get this beer. I love peanut butter and what I got was the lack thereof. The body of the beer was thin and watery. The beer was unbalanced. The best way to describe it is, going to your wedding only to find out the best man is screwing your future wife.
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  40. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    English Pale Mild Ale, Sahti, Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale, and Happoshu. I haven't been able to find these in the region. I almost had a Gruit, actually had a crowler in my hand in a liquor store in Wisconsin, but didn't realize it was a Gruit as it wasn't labelled that way. I know I could trade and get these, but for domestic tranquility I am reluctant to get into trading at the moment. Also seems more like a quest hunting them down myself.
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