2011 Golden Blend

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  1. pushkinwow

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    Anyone open one recently?
     
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    Should i?
     
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  4. pushkinwow

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    Yes...but do it this morning so I can open one up this afternoon :)
     
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  5. iong516

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    On site at HF last month '11 was fantastic, and I've had some hit or miss bottles from another source. Even the good bottles seem to be losing quite a bit of the crazy carb they had two years ago.
     
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    tons of mineral notes, but very good as of 3 months ago (.375l)
     
  7. GuzzleMcBrew

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    No big boy bottles made of batch 1 /2011 Golden Blend, only the 2014/batch 2
     
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    ahh that's right. Memory aint what it used to be.
     
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    There is some bottle variation that mostly comes down to luck/oxidation issues but the good ones are absolutely killer right now.
     
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    I had one two weeks ago and it had great high carb, almost a gusher. Funky, mineral, citrus. Practically perfect. It seemed easier drinking than the last 2014 I had -- less dark sesame cracker notes, more bright citrus. That may be just misremembering though, as they weren't side by side.
     
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    I had a bottle this weekend that was absolutely fantastic.

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    Obviously plenty of carbonation and it was just amazingly easy to drink. Wish I had more.
     
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    blckout20 myself and a couple others also rocked one on Friday. Not a gusher, but I will;
    Tiny cork pulled with no thump, but a nice layer of excess co2 quickly wafted over and the bottle was right about A&T quality in my eyes on taste/smell. The edge of goozie perfection. Golden hue with a little frothy head. Electric lemon acidity burning through slightly nutty, musty, cheese rind. LORDAMERCY
     
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    I've still got one or two stashed away for a rainy day....
     
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    Well it's supposed to rain here on Thursday...and it's my wedding anniversary and my wife happens to be a sour head...so I will open one tonight while she is travelling for work and I can enjoy it all myself :p
     
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    Ended up being nice and sharing...the carbonation had died down on the 2011 from what I remember, still a nice funk and Epson salt combination that was incredibly smooth...seemed to fade a bit towards the end but still delicious. Need to find a 2014 to open up side by side.
     
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    Might as well get a 2016 and open up all three ;)
     
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    My assesment from a few weeks ago.

     
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    That would be fun. Did 14 v. 16 a couple weeks ago and '14 blew '16 away. '16 was excellent, but a much brighter, more lemony blend...older/drier/oakier lambic hadn't shined through yet. I think the far better comparison in the near term is going to be '11 v. '14, assuming the '11 is a "good" bottle.
     
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    Just drank mine on Xmas. Flat, but still tasty AF.
     
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    I had a flat bottle about 2 months ago. Chalky, muted citrus, armpit. Was delicious despite the lack of carbonation. Not as bright as prior carbed bottles.

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