The Session: The worst beer you forced yourself to drink the whole bottle of

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The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up listing all of the participants, along with a short pithy critique of each entry.

 The premise for this month’s is this:

Have you ever drank a beer that became a battle, more than an enjoyable experience? Maybe a beer that was far bigger than you had anticipated? Something you felt determined to drink, just so you can say you conquered that son of a bitch, and you are all that is powerful. Or perhaps it is something that is just so bad, all you want to do is slap it around a bit. Or maybe you were on the verge of passing out, but you just wanted that one last beer, and the valiant struggle between taste bud fulfillment and the velvety embrace of sleep that ensued.

Sure there are plenty of beers that were finished by sheer force of will, (or dumped if warranted)  but the one that comes to mind was not a result of it being a portion size issue – say a bomber of something that maybe a 12oz serving of would have been perfect – or if it had legitimate defects or infection – or maybe even some spiced up beer designed to be an endurance drinking challenge, like a chili pepper eating contest.

No the beer that did it to me had none of that, it was as the brewer intended and it was bad from the first sip through the last.

The beer: Stone’s Vertical Epic 12-12-12 (served around 7-7-13) . It drank like they decided to dump someone’s entire spice cabinet into the bottle. It wasn’t a full pumpkin pie bomb, or something cohesive, it had something else going on. What it was I still don’t know.

It was random, clashing, really overall jarring. Maybe I missed the crowd source campaign that would have had them limit the spice dumps if they raised enough money to by some Ketchup for the World Bistro?

If you ever needed proof that ratings could be effected by limited releases or rarity, look no further. This release is currently holding at 97% rating on Rate beer and 88% on BA.


8 thoughts on “The Session: The worst beer you forced yourself to drink the whole bottle of

    Pats Pints said:
    July 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I did try the 12-12-12 vertical epic and liked it enough to buy another bottle, but if I remember correctly you are on point about the array of not particularly cohesive spices.

    For me I’d nominate Milkshake Stout by Rochester Mills. Hopefully you’ve never had the misfortune to try this beer, it’s like ovaltine but worse.

      Bierbattered responded:
      July 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Ehh you are right that does sound like an odd one. super bitter?

        Pats Pints said:
        July 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        It wasn’t super bitter it just had too much unfermented lactose (milk) sugar. Which gave it a weird artificial milk taste.

    The Ale Runner said:
    July 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Good call on that one. I had it the first time in a vertical of the 2006 through 2012 versions. I didn’t recall it being terrible then. However, I saved my last bottle of it and drank it on 12-12-13. Let’s just say this one was not designed to age. It was terrible.

    Another that comes to mind is Panil Raphael. I kept waiting for it to get better as it warmed. It got worse. I do enjoy sours, but this one just wasn’t for me. At all.

    buffalowhiskeyguild said:
    July 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Due to this unavoidable reoccurrence when constantly trying to broaden your craft beer horizons, I’ve come to the practice of buying a single bottle first, if and when possible, so as to avoid dumping money down the drain, as I usually do rather than force the beer down my throat.

    Weyerbacher Heresy BA Stout, Sierra Nevada Big Foot Ale and Troeggs Mad Elf are recent forgettable drain-pours that come to mind.

      Bierbattered responded:
      July 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Big footage mad elf were not for me but the year plus aged heresy i had was fantastic. Fresh dragons Milk though…. That almost was my choice. I still have 3 bottles to go and i bought it last October….

        buffalowhiskeyguild said:
        July 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        I still have a bottle of Heresy that has been sitting in my beer cellar since it’s siblings drain pour. I’ll follow your lead and give it another chance after a year or so!

    Bryan Roth said:
    August 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I’m with buffalowhiskeyguild on this one. I’ve found my habit is to only buy six-packs of beer that are tried and true, but it’s also a problem of wanting to try ALL TEH BEERS. Sometimes I get a stinker, but at least it’s only a single stinker.

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