Your Epic Whale Fail

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by themind, Aug 9, 2014.

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  1. prock180

    prock180 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    Peche Mortal is a fabulous beer imo. Hard to beat flavor/quality wise, but for the price not your daily drinker that's for sure.
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  2. vrbulldog22

    vrbulldog22 Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2010 Ohio

    I traded for mine. In retrospect, I probably could've got other things & enjoyed them more, but oh well! Live & learn. My impression was that it tasted like an average barleywine that happened to be aged in an amazing barrel, if that makes sense.
  3. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,022) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I have to add another Dark Lord to the growing list. It's a practical joke of a beer.

    And by the way, none of these beers, which are listed in this thread, are whales (I probably missed a few):
    Anything from Rogue
    Rochefort 10
    Two Hearted
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Fat Tire
    Prima Pils
    Arrogant Bastard
    Speedway Stout
    Black Butte
    Jai Alai
  4. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    This is my own personal fail. At Beachwood BBQ the first year Pliney the Younger was released. We stopped in to check the place out thinking we'd hit it the next night as we were there for work. The place was packed. Stopped back the next night to get some beer. Place was not nearly as packed. Asked why and the bartender explained they had released PTY the night before. I wasn't into IPAs, IIPAs at the time and didn't really realized I had missed a I do.

    BTW, in respond to others in the thread. Everytime I've had PTE on tap or in a bottle it's been amazing. I'm lucky enough to get to San Fran once a year so I have it pretty fresh. It's still the place where IIPA started and the benchmark for me. And my favorite is Surly Abrasive and I'd take PTE over it any day. I've had one can of Heady and found it to be a world beater, but I'd need more to verify, just my two cents!
  5. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    I drank may too much of this in the Keys earlier this year. (Bahia Honda State park, greatest place in the US) Not a whale, but a great, unique IPA in MHO. Almost fruity pebbles-ish, but different than the IPAs I can get in MN and WI, and there are a lot of great ones here. If Jai Alai were avail here I would add it to the regular rotation.
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  6. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    It's a great beer, and not a can pick it up anywhere that Stone is avail.
  7. beefsquatch

    beefsquatch Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2014 New York

    said no one ever...:astonished:
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  8. LightSaber

    LightSaber Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2013 Minnesota

    Darklord was an absolute bust for me. Buddy and I tried to split one...over half sitting on the counter in the morning.
    Heady Topper and ZD also come to mind though I did like them both...but they weren't the oh shit this is awesome kind of beers they are hyped to be.
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  9. drewskalicious

    drewskalicious Initiate (87) Jul 20, 2012 Georgia

    Corona Extra. I was expecting a full-flavored, Cancún beach party with lime. Total whale.
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  10. r0nyn

    r0nyn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 New York

    My cousin and I split a Chocolate Rain that he had traded for. We got about half a glass each in before we decided it was too thin, too sweet and just all around bad. I guess the really thin pour should have tipped us off, but for a beer that was so hyped in our minds, it completely disappointed us. Drainpoured that sucker.
  11. RobinLee

    RobinLee Zealot (559) Feb 15, 2012 Wisconsin

    I haven't had a true whale. What's a step down, a tuna?

    I don't think I'll bother getting KBS next year. It was great the first time I had it, maybe my palate's changed or summat.
  12. ronricorossi

    ronricorossi Zealot (509) Jun 30, 2014 California

    Hopslam, for sure. Although, for as much as you hear about it, it's actually only ranked #29 amongst DIPAs, which might be close to right. The midwest/great lakes regional IPAs/APAs all seem to have a honey sweetness in the background, which isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, just a regional thing, I guess.
  13. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Rats, you got me. Taking the 6.8 seconds it took to see what other DIPAs you've reviewed to see if it shed any light whatsoever on why you so massively disliked Pliny makes me a kooky stalker. Tell little Jimmy I said hi, and also you left your garage door open last night, so I went ahead and shut it for you. You're welcome.
  14. miketd

    miketd Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    Only beer from my area that has any of the qualities you are talking about is Commodore Perry from Great Lakes. Definitely nothing sweet in any Fat Head's IPA, to give one example.
  15. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Isabelle Proximus
  16. meb3476

    meb3476 Aspirant (206) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Westy 12- I believe it's more of me not liking the style.
    Dinner- A big let down. While it was good didn't think it was better than Lunch or Another One.
  17. richobrien

    richobrien Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2013 California

    I've been pretty impressed with the "more hyped" beers like Pliny, Heady, Zombie Dust etc. I haven't dipped into the cellar to open any of the harder to get stuff yet like Cantillon, 3F, Dark Lord
  18. brian4beer

    brian4beer Initiate (180) Jan 27, 2013 Indiana

    Spuyten for me. Not bad by an means but definitely not worth the kings ransom that was given up to get it by a friend. That being said, I did not have it fresh and that could be a major factor given the fruit included in this particular beer.
  19. brian4beer

    brian4beer Initiate (180) Jan 27, 2013 Indiana

    You are correct Jim et al did another version just was not here. Also correct that Eszett went way up on the newer version and Deviation went way down. Soleil B1 was atop of Dave at number 1 and Selectie C was in the top 10 IIRC.
  20. Droopy487

    Droopy487 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Tennessee

    Awesome. Thanks. BTW, it only took me 3.2 seconds to see that you have your profile blocked so you can't be trolled like you troll other people.
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  21. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,792) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I've never liked any of the Dark Lord or Huna variants. Just not my thing.
  22. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,131) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    Mine would be KBS, Heady Topper, and the Abyss (and maybe Zombie Dust). Massive hype behind all these beers, and by the time I got to drinking them, I'd found beers in the style that I vastly preferred. I'm actually apparently one of the few people on BA that actually enjoys Dark Lord, but after the first sip or two, I definitely got why other people hate the beer. Even for me, it straddles the line between too sweet and just sweet enough.

    That's not to say they're not all great beers; they are. They just didn't change my world like my favorites have, and thus didn't live up to the hype for me.
  23. zacky_U

    zacky_U Initiate (0) May 22, 2013 Michigan

  24. mikeincharleston

    mikeincharleston Initiate (0) May 1, 2009 North Carolina

    Cantillon Blabaer '11. So much meh
  25. michman

    michman Aspirant (205) Oct 14, 2005 Illinois

    Heady. no doubt.
  26. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Zealot (572) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    I had Pliny twice. Once it was spectacular, the other time not so much. If it's not fresh, take your chances.
  27. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Aw, no need to pout -- if you wanted to take a peek, all you had to do was ask.

    And, speaking of pouting, if you really think that someone pointing out/questioning your reasons for not liking one beer, when another beer you claim to like lacks those exact same qualities, makes them a troll, maybe it's time to have a nice warm glass of milk and finally get that nap in.
  28. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Pannepot Wild – original batch, thin, tastes infected, just straight up bad
    Pannepot Wild – second batch, the combination of flavours didn’t work at all for me

    Hair of the Dog Michael is just awful – I have had 2 different batches, tasted like a spoiled beer to me, granted the newer batch was better, older one was a gusher & just awful

    Heady Topper – it isn’t a bad beer but plenty of other better DIPA’s out there, I have had maybe 5 times now

    Närke Konjaks! Stormaktsporter – solid but there are a lot better stouts out there that are as good or better
  29. Brutus627

    Brutus627 Aspirant (239) Feb 3, 2014 Maine

    King Kenry, but I expected too much from it... It was fantastic and I gave it a 5 but it may have been more fun chasing it than actually drinking it lol. I'll stick to my beloved bcbbw which is way more plentiful haha. I thought the same of Westy 12, I greatly enjoyed tracking it down and having it but I would rather go to Nature's Way and pay 10 bucks for an ABT12 anyday.
  30. kfh227

    kfh227 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 Connecticut

    120 minute dogfish head. Took years to find it

    Would have been equallyhappy drinking a bud Weiser turned into a boiler maker.
  31. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia

    How you no get hop flavor from 120?? :astonished::confused:
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  32. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Disappointment in Abyss convinced me to stop trading years ago. I can find similar stuff that on store shelves near me and skip the trading hassle.

    I agree 100%.

    It's more fun to find the unknown whale-quality beers in your own backyard, which are usually fresher and cheaper than the hyped beers.
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  33. nophunk

    nophunk Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Louisiana

    Peche is super meh. Most stouts that aren't American suck to be honest lol.
  34. _morandi_

    _morandi_ Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2014 California

    KBS was my first big disappointment... still doesn't stack up to Black Note, BCBS and others. I grabbed up a few at release this year, but really just to trade away.
  35. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (385) Apr 2, 2011 Maine

    You're not wrong, but it just seems irrelevant to me in the context of this thread. It was pretty clear after the first handful of responses that this was really a thread about what hyped/sought-after/highly rated beer did not meet expectations. I imagine most of the commenters got that without having to be reminded that these aren't whales. So yeah, maybe a silly title, but the distinction probably didn't need to be pointed out a dozen times by every person trying to sound more knowledgable than those commenting about their disappointment with Hopslam, etc.
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  36. brywhite

    brywhite Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2009 California

    Wow... is anything good going to come of this thread?
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  37. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not sure I would call any of these whales but they did let me down to a degree:

    Heady Topper - Great beer but not #1
    Pliny the Elder - See above, been lapped by more modern brews
    Hopslam - Really don't get the hype. Good, nothing more.
    Gose Gone Wild - Could barely finish a sample.
    Double Bastard - Gimme a Miller Lite any day over this (yes, I'm serious).
  38. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,945) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
    Society Trader should be its own website.
  39. pjvie

    pjvie Initiate (0) May 30, 2014 Oregon

    I have to believe that many who did not like PtE were stuck in the hype mentality. PtE was excellent. Drank it with tempered expectations and it definitely went above and beyond. For anyone who hasn't tried it, don't expect it to be God's gift to man, but its still worth getting out to CA to drink a few fresh bottles.

    And man, all you have to do is mention the world "whale" on this forum and suddenly we've got drama!
  40. dsigmon

    dsigmon Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2007 Florida

    For me it was Prop. Mine was flat, very sweet, and very little coconut if any at all. May have just had a bad bottle...I certainly hope so.
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