Under hyped beers

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  1. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,103) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Double barrel baptist was my favorite beer in 16. Fudge in a bottle.
     
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  2. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (5,110) Dec 25, 2003 California
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    That is TERRIBLE! :wink:
     
  3. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Disciple (305) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Can't argue. In the unfortunate situation where I must choose one beer for the rest of time...HeadHunter would be on a very short list...and at the top.
     
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  4. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (675) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Every lager beer.

    Straub Hefeweizen can stand up to the best from Germany, including Weihenstephaner. Yes, Straub... that old adjunct lager brewer has some tricks up their sleeve.
     
  5. David_Porter

    David_Porter Initiate (99) Sep 2, 2014 Missouri

    Regular, non-additive barrel aged imperial stouts seem to lose hype when compared to adjust laden variants and special edition releases. I personally love a big imperial stout tossed in a barrel for a long time.
     
  6. rustyjaw

    rustyjaw Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2017 California

    I'm surprised to see W00tstout mentioned so often. I tried it without ever hearing of it before, and I thought it was...well not at all like a stout. It was super yeasty/bready and sweet, to me I expected a stout and got a Belgian strong ale. I'm not saying it's bad, but I just felt like it was mischaracterized. I believe the one I had was the 2016 version.
     
  7. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,960) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    How about their Extended Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, aged 5x the usual time? It's excellent, but since they are not saying how long 5x is, I suspect it's under two years. If it were two years or over, they'd be braggin the hell out of it. Still outstanding.
     
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  8. MaltheadWeirdo

    MaltheadWeirdo Initiate (67) Nov 18, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Fresh Narwhal is already the smoothest imperial stout I've had, but I'm saving a few to see what happens to it.
     
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  9. bmugan

    bmugan Initiate (86) May 10, 2010 Texas

    I'm drinking one right now and it is awesome :slight_smile:
     
  10. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,960) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Maybe it needs a more exciting name and label?
     
  11. DJturnstile

    DJturnstile Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2015 California
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    I would. Any BA stout that sits on shelves or doesn't have a special release day/raffle formed around it is underhyped.
     
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  12. DJturnstile

    DJturnstile Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2015 California
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    I feel like they've gotten WAYYYY better in the last few years. I used to see them a lot on draft and in bottles in NYC and always passed or disliked. Along with my drinking pals. Nowadays they're pretty great.
     
  13. DJturnstile

    DJturnstile Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2015 California
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    You seem fun
     
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  14. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Initiate (139) Jan 24, 2006 Michigan

    I'm sure (or at least I hope) I'm not the only one who picks up a sixer every few weeks to mix in with the onslaught of IPA's. I don't know of another standard porter or stout that hits all the right notes when I'm in the mood for a smooth chocolatey malty brew. It really is perfect.
     
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  15. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Guilty.
     
  16. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    If I answer this question, would I not then be guilty of driving the hype train towards the thing that I enjoy being un-hyped?
     
  17. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Meyvn (1,273) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    No disagreement here. And in the same vein Edmund Fitzgerald porter is also subject to the same disregard by so many. I just looked and it's rated a touch higher than Founders too. Both are great!
     
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  18. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (255) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Off the top of my head....

    Left Hand Black Jack Porter
    Shiner Bock
    Abita Amber
    Black Xantus
    Belhaven Black Stout
    Golden Pheasant
     
  19. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (255) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I see what you did there
     
  20. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (255) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona


    The funny thing about bourbon is I'm not too worried about my favorites catching on. Most of the time I try to turn people onto something great at work they won't touch it because it didn't come from Buffalo Trace. It's hilarious:grin:
     
  21. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Poo-Bah (2,040) Nov 18, 2013 Texas
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    Clown Shoes is highly available in Texas and I haven't had any yet I didn't like.
    I found it like I found Epic, "I bought a bottle". It's all good. Some are just better than others.
     
  22. akolb

    akolb Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado
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    All of Odell's hoppy beers
     
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  23. CCBone

    CCBone Initiate (90) Apr 29, 2016 Oregon

    I second the entire central waters barrel aged lineup-but especially the barrel aged scotch ale-one of the best I have ever had.

    I would also mention:
    -Deschutes the Abyss and Alesmith speedway stout. I would put either of these up against damn near any none fully barrel aged stout in a blind taste test. I did a blind taste with darkness, BA darkness, big bad baptist and others, and speedway stout more than surprised
    -Block 15 sticky hands and hypnosis. Hypnosis especially. The cognac flavor in that was just mind blowingly awesome.
    -Claim 52 Fluffy: stood up to fresh 3-way IPA and right there with much of the stuff that the much more heralded great notion has been putting out
     
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  24. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (220) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey
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    I find myself nodding in agreement with all of the mentions of good, standard strength, no adjunct nonsense porter. Founders and Edmund Fitzgerald were mentioned and I'll add Smuttynose Robust Porter.
     
  25. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,868) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    I did a trade for some Alabama beer, good people BA el Gordo was one of my favorite stouts. Straight to ale laika, and the bourbon and Cabernet barrel versions were very nice as well.
     
  26. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,868) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Great divide hibernation ale and the BA version.
     
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  27. Gibspeed

    Gibspeed Initiate (95) Feb 9, 2017 Ohio

    Basically every Hoppin Frog stout/Barrel Aged offering (Though some hype came after the last couple paste blind tastings), Thirsty Dog Wulver, BBA Siberian Night, BBA Cerberus (Amazing Tripel), BBA Bernese Barleywine.

    Another random one we get in Ohio that I think is WAY under hyped is the Nickelbrook barrel series. Kentucky Bastard and Cafe Del Bastardo were probably my two favorite surprises this year.

    Oh and on a similar note, Deth's Tar and Straight Jacket. 99% of what BCBS brings, with only 1% of the hype.
     
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  28. JDice20

    JDice20 Initiate (194) Aug 14, 2013 Louisiana

    Ill have to say Old Rasputin

    I used to see it often all around my area, but for reasons unknown to me i dont see it much anymore. Such a great brew.
     
  29. Stofko1992

    Stofko1992 Meyvn (1,346) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Vanilla Oak Aged World Wide Stout. Solid beer that didn't get much attention.
     
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  30. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,960) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I like the several Hoppin' Frog stouts I've had, but seems like all start with the same base beer, mostly 9.4% ABV, and then add something else or BA it, so not a lot of difference. Also, sure would like to see them offer 12oz. But yes, definitely under-hyped.
     
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  31. Gibspeed

    Gibspeed Initiate (95) Feb 9, 2017 Ohio

    The BORIS series is all the same base beer at 9.4, DORIS 10.5, TORIS 13.8. Personally, Those are all the "base" stout lines. My favorites are BA versions or DORIS and then the standard TORIS as just a great base stout, no BA, no adjuncts.

    As for the bottles, couldn't agree more and they FINALLY got a 12oz bottling line a couple weeks ago.
     
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  32. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,561) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I just had a Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter a few weeks ago, for the first time in at least 2+ years, and was shocked at how tasty it was this time around (moreso now than my ratings and recollections from having this beer several times, many years ago). Pallets change over time, people should revisit this one.
     
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  33. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Poo-Bah (2,085) Dec 29, 2013 Washington
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    I'm terrible with what is distributed to most of the country so I will go with a local WA beer and say Silver City Tropic Haze. It gets over shadowed by 3Way most years in the summer but is a great PNWNEIPA that people in WA don't usually think of. Maybe it is the brewery, not known for IPAs really.
     
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  34. DJturnstile

    DJturnstile Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2015 California
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    that's a good one. got it in northern Cali back when I was a Tavour member
     
  35. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,211) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I'll go with Duvel. If not that then perhaps some beers by Ommegang like Hennepin, Dubbel, Three Philosophers.

    It's interesting how in all my years of drinking craft I have yet to see "straight up" KMF. I've had it's derivatives like Stony Brook Red but not unadulterated Kosmic Mother Funk
     
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  36. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (252) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    How about Sierra Nevada Porter. I had to ask my beer distributer to order a case for me because they don't carry it anymore.
     
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  37. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (675) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Seconded. I make a point to pick up some Hibernation every year when it comes out.
     
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  38. GeezusH

    GeezusH Initiate (47) Oct 26, 2015 Minnesota

    I'll echo a few already mentioned and add:

    -German style brews in general - for me, Schell's brewery is way under appreciated as a stalwart in this category;

    -Most of what Sierra Nevada puts out is expertly produced;

    -AleSmith Speedway Stout - widely available, not overpriced, and way better than most imperial stouts that are more heavily hyped;

    -Founders Porter - honestly, I firmly believe this is one of the best beers available in the US;

    -Bell's Two Hearted - appreciated by most, for sure, but lost in the hype cycles.
     
  39. CCBone

    CCBone Initiate (90) Apr 29, 2016 Oregon

    Excellent point on two hearted. It's overlooked in the explosion of new IPAs out there-but it is well crafted and always excellent. I will forever associate this with mellow mushroom pizza-as they always had this on tap at the original location in auburn and almost always got one. The bitter notes with an earthy/savory pizza-can't be beat
     
  40. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    A few that make me smile and love to pick up but not talked about a lot anymore--

    --a bottle of Roch 6
    --60 minute
    --Alesmith IPA
    --One Claw

    All classics and perfect for style.
     
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