Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by Treebs, May 9, 2015.
Speaking of beetus...
Batch #2, bottle says 12/2014 so it's been a little more than 2 years
Much better than when I had it fresh (3/2015): brown sugar, oak, a little grape, preserved dark fruits, and loads of malt - but now without the boozy heat as before. Still fairly syrupy sweet and full bodied, though the finish is a bit more tannic/bitter in a good way.
Goddamnit I love this beer so so much.
I believe this bottle is at least 10 years old. When I bought it circa '08 it was already dusty sitting on a shelf with other mixed vintage beer in a bottle shop that has long since gone to hell/closed.
Anyhoo... caramel malt, fruity raisons, cardboard oxidative notes, yet still herbal with pine resine and solvent alcohol. so sweet yet so oily with bitterness too. id throw this into the bigfoot realm of cellar capabilities - meaning this is a brew that likely will suffer from package failure before the beer ever hits its stride/max aging potential
I think this one is circa '09. fruity raisons and mild oxidation with lingering anise after each sip. light cocoa evolves as it warms up. overall this brew has really mellowed out and become mild. probably aged her too long
not pictured: 2010 struise tsjesses reserva
sugary smelling with a neutral/nondescript fruity aspect. toasted malt, faint oak and moderate oxidation. taste has all the same with an increasing herbal component as it warms. i believe this beer is best enjoyed fresh. last time i had it was 3 years ago and back then i felt it was slipping.
I'd been saving this bottle for awhile and finally opened it. Still tastes amazing. Sweet caramel, some chocolate, mild heat. Damn near perfect. Wish I have several more bottles.
glad to hear it. i have heard sevrel folks say it's on its way out. planin on opening mine saturday, hopefully it's as good as your bottle
If this is the first capped batch I should have bought so many of these when I came across a freshly stocked shelf with like 1-2 cases at $32 per no limit. Love ADWTD
Cracked a 4 Calling Birds last Sat. WTF was I thinking holding on to it for?!?! Made a pretty cool sound pouring it down the drain.
Cardboard with a touch of acetone and holiday spice.
Clearing out the garbage from the cellar.
One thing I've learned the lesson on, outside of BT and their Old Ale Annys, DO NOT AGE.
That 12 year vertical the Bruery has been planning is gonna be pretty sweet I'm a few years! Gonna make Stone's VE series look next level by comparison.
Cranbic 2016 is turning into jammy cranberry goodness. Fresh I thought this beer was just effervescent cranberry juice. ::dodges shit thrown my way::
This seems right. I had 5 year Autumn Maple recently that was super oxidized. The 4 Calling Birds was better, but still showing its age pretty badly.
I have a few verticals that I have built up that I was always saving for some tastings, but there are never enough people around. So I decided to just crack one at a time by myself over the course of a week or so. I did 7 years of KBS a few weeks ago, and all but the most recent 2 were drain pours.
This, on the other hand, is stellar.
For the most part, I don't care for aged Stouts. But this is still perfectly carbed, and has a hint of roast remaining to balance out the aged-sweetness. Dark chocolate, sherry, and a hint of oak. Very good.
Cool, I still have one of those. Also an '07 and '08. Should really drink those sometime soon...
Definitely exceeded expectations. I'm not a big fan of aging beers that aren't Lambic or Fantome, but this one was worth it.
2013 death's Tar
Barrel on the nose
Lots of bourbon and chocolate in the taste. This is a very creamy stout and really goes well with the flavor.
Not sure if it was better fresh (don't remember and didn't save notes) but I wouldn't say it's a bad beer at this point.
The '10 I had a year or so ago was a drain pour. I'm glad yours was better.
Oxidation on the nose, but the taste is all tobacco, leather, fig and plum with a touch of barrel. Still some heat left as well. Damn good.
Too lazy for a pic but opened a BA 6- Geese a Laying. Carmel on the nose. Gooseberries are still tart upfront with a nice bourbon sweetness.