I found it extremely heavy sweet, which, while people did comment on its sweetness, appears not to be as syrupy as I found.
I was wondering what the etiquette is with rating beers when there is a high probability it’s either a bad batch or something that might have been affecting an otherwise valid review.
I will post my review but I would like to know in order to remove it if necessary and especially for future reference with these situations.
The beer is commercially available in that condition. Rate it as you had it. If it’s a matter of a bar keeping a keg years past when it was meant to be consumed, that’s unfortunate, but it’s a part of life in the beer world.
I usually make a note if I think something is off, but I don’t skip a rating.
I rate as I find it. If it’s off, it gets a bad review, even if it’s supposed to be a good beer and I just got a bad batch. That said, I make a note to retry and rerate accordingly if I come across it again. I’d say I have less than a dozen beers in this category, so it’s not a regular occurrence.
Eventhough it might not be the brewer’s fault and therefore not very useful or pleasant for them to read a review of a beer which has been served/sold in improper condition, it is a fact that many beers are served in improper condition. Hence it wouldn’t be of help for the people who use this site if they saw only ratings of top-condition beer if 90% of the servings of that beer are not in that condition.
Not long ago hayduke and I got bottles bought from a store that were clearly off. We automatically blamed the brewer. Hayduke contacted the brewer about this who was upset at the store for how they were handled and sent us fresh bottles to rate. All of those were significantly better than the originals.
Moral of the story is that it is not always the brewer who is at fault. If the beer seems off rate it honestly but with concerns. If it is significantly off the brewer will want to know this.
Agreed but I would add to the original review adding the appropriate comments and changing the scoring rather than pretending that my original review never existed and deleting previous comments. Which I am sure is the route most here would take.