We were talking about this the other day in person. There’s a lot breweries out there these days that get lots of high rated beers in pastry stout/fruit sour categories but when it comes down to brewing, say, a regular porter without extra flavours, they can’t do it very well. J Wakefield is one of those, in my experience.
On the other hand, the Bruery, who usually makes their money on massive ass stouts with 400 ingredients, actually does pretty well when they go back to basics in my experience. So much that I wished they would stick to that more often.