I always like to try a beer more than once, especially one I didn’t like. There’s always a chance that I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I tasted it the first time, and that it’ll be more pleasing the second time around.
My experience last night with Founders 2010 Nemesis was just like this, but exactly the opposite.
The first time I had the 2010 Nemesis, I really enjoyed its rich and sweet roasted flavor. Its tastes of vanilla and coffee reminded me of mocha ice cream. I even typed the word “nummy,” although in my defense I was quoting my wife.
But last night it was kind of awful, with an overwhelming hop finish that I didn’t remember from the first time I had it. It put on ugly edge on an otherwise sweet and smooth drinking experience. I actually grimaced as I drank it (I finished it – you don’t pour out a Nemesis!) and wondered what the hell had happened to it. I’ve kept it in its carton on top of the beer fridge in my dark garage (a cool and dark place) and there were no telltale signs of spoilage. It just wasn’t very enjoyable.
It’s a rare thing that I’ll have a beer and really enjoy it, only to go back later and be disappointed. Perhaps it’s due to the hype that surrounds this particular brew. It may have clouded my judgment the first time I had it, or elevated my expectations to unrealistic levels before I cracked it open last night. I dunno.
I have one more 2010 Nemesis left, so I’ll have the chance to see if it was my frame of mind last night, or if it’s the beer. Until then, my official position has changed from “nummy” to “yuck!”