Cellared Beer Reviews

Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by Treebs, May 9, 2015.

  1. Gene

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    12/17/12 bottling. I really am sorry about my lousy tasting notes tonight. It tastes like Supplication, cellared for a few years. Pretty much exactly what you'd think that should be.

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  2. KevSal

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    i invited a few fellas over to watch some football yesterday

    oh yea we also opened some bwines blindly too!
    lots of old beer, some of the old favorites starting to show their age

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    here's the top 5

    although this post was to talk about my favorite of the bunch. Anabasis

    2 years old now but was one of the best bwines over ever had, loaded with layers of flavor but never gets to sweet.

    i wasn't the only one that liked it, 7 other folks marked it in their top 3 out of 18 highly rated ba barleywines
     
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  3. KevSal

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    spending some time with aaron, batch 1

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    drinking left overs today, this is one of the few i hung onto yesterday.

    this one has definitly improved with age. drinking it side by side with batch 2 showed some changes between the 2. hopefully batch 2 is like this in 2 years.

    slight sherry on the nose, big bourbon tons of dark fruits definitly improving, in sure this has a ways to go before falling off
     
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  4. flexabull

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    7 years old now? Nice carbonation, smells boozy, with chocolate and roasted nut notes.

    This is tasting really good. Chocolate, coconut, bourbon, lots of flavor, but not a heavy mouthfeel. I'm impressed with how well this has held up. Not sure it would get much better than it is right now.
     
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  5. Beer4B

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    2013 Apple Brandy Cake
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    I never had this fresh and had restrained expectations, but I was blown away. Incredible beer. The barrel was very prominent but not boozy or overpowering. Lots of chocolate and finished with a little pepper heat but not hot, which I'm sure has mellowed out over time. *Re-reading this I might as well have just copy/paste the label. Sorry I suck.

    This may not be what it once was but it was one of the best beers I've ever had.
     
  6. libbey

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    2012 Avery Uncle Jacobs

    Heat has tapered off but the barrel notes are still super present. Big vanilla and dark fudge notes. Touch of dark fruit and leather.

    Big and decadent. This has zero signs of oxidation and could go another 5 in the cellar and probably still be holding up but I can't imagine it tasting better than it does right now.
     
  7. stakem

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    DFH immort 2008
    For whatever reason I bought this one 9 years ago thinking it was a barrel aged old ale but after getting home and seeing it had juniper berries too, I tossed it to the back of a shelf to forget about it. Thanks to operation cellar reduction this brew's time has come.

    Initial impression: the fuck was I waiting for? This beer is great! Maple, caramel and chocolate with no perceived juniper presence across the nose. Taste carries what the nose suggests but with a mild oxidation, oak and vinous finish. I noticed this was recently brought back to the DFH arsenal... if its half as good as this aged bottle get some.

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    Old Hickory 2007 Bardstown
    I think this was the only year they made this? Was literally holding on to this for 10 years to share with an old friend who lived near the brewery. Waiting this long was a mistake.

    It has really thinned out by old ale standards. The oak is raw and spiced almost like cinnamon/cedar. Raisons, wood and toasty malt. It is watery and almost lifeless. Glad to have put this one out of its misery.

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    Nils Oscar Barleywine (circa '09?)

    Never had anything from this brewery - but if im reading and understanding the label correctly this brewery grows and malts its own grains. Impressive.

    The brew has a fantastic currant note hat is very similar to the flavor I love about brewer's gold hops. Not sure if those were used in this or if its just a byproduct of the other ingredients. Caramel and light fruitiness across the nose. Taste is perfect balance of alcohol vs toasted malt vs bitterness. Its a little light in the body for a barleywine but so easy to throw back.
     
  8. stakem

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    New Glarus Iced Barleywine 2009

    Was hoping the 8 years in the bottle mellowed this out - nope. Solvent, tannic and astringent. Ice concentrating this brew literally took also the harsh aspects and amplified them. If neutral alcohol flavors and pine resin is your jam you might love this.

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    De Molen Bourbon Wind & Weer 2011

    If there ever was a 16% beer that you wanted to drink a gallon of, this might be it. Unfortunately it seems as though the yeast died/stalled out and when primed for bottle conditioning and nothing happened. This leaves quite a bit of residual sugar in this brew reminding me of belgian candy sugar but it also got a little oak tannins, vanilla, caramel herbal quality and soy going on. Would have loved to try this with proper carbonation and void of priming sugar as that sweetness is surely hiding some nuance. But overall I was not mad about this one bit.
     
  9. stakem

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    Bought a 4-pack tonight for $12 with a bottle date of almost a year ago to the day.

    Yikes this shit is bad. Smoke galore with almost plastic phenolics, faint maple/caramel/vanilla and fruity earthy juniper/mineral inclusion. Fuck im willing to bet id hate myself for buying this if this was my only exposure to this brew. Time to lay down the other 3 for 5+ years and hope some magic happens akin to my 9 year old experience.
     
  10. trickytunadicky

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    Nothing would make me happier than if DFH made Immort maple syrup again. Real talk. I love Immort ale. Some folks always got bandaid off it, but until... 2014? When it was extra bandaid I mever did. And I think they pulled it right after that. So good. I should pull a vintage bottle, myself.
     
  11. Snarf

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    That's another one that, to me, was never the same after they switched to the bigger brewhouse from their first 10bbl system.
     
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  12. leftoverburrito

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    Regular old Adam. Batch 87. Roughly 5 years old now.
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    Bubbles! Last one of these I opened about a year ago had more tobacco going on. This one has heavy notes of burnt sugar, molasses and leather with the tobacco coming on later. A little dark chocolate. No signs of oxidization.

    I bought a case of these when released I liked the batch so much. Will revisit next year.
     
  13. Jnorton00

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    Bought a few of these several years ago and the one I opened tasted like full on bandaids so the other has been sitting around ever since. Maybe I'll give the other a shot this weekend and see if it's any better.
     
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  14. stakem

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    Checked in on a couple regional/local brews of interest:

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    This bottle is somewhere around 8-10 years old. Nose is toasty malt, raisons and vinous. Taste is caramel malt and solvent alcohol, rusty and mineral-laden. Not that exciting.

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    This was the first BA batch of gratitude. So, 2014 I think? Its starting to settle in to what I think it will likely taste like for the next couple years. When this was freshly released it had quite a bit of residual sugar that really tempered this beast and put all the focus on its sweetness and barrel character. Now that it has dried out a bit, the woodiness is still present but in a dried out sense that is less about the caramel/vanilla and more bourbon-like with even a boozy sort of herbal orange zest.
     
  15. stakem

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    Barrel aged blackbeerds of 2012 and 2013.
    This proved to be an interesting back to back tasting because both of these were aged in Blantons barrels. The 2012 bottling being first usage and the 2013 bottling being a re-usage of the same barrels.

    As expected the 2012 had more of the smooth barrel character like toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, etc whereas the 2013, I really had to struggle to even find the barrel character but when it came out it was more of the raw and woody elements instead of the smooth nuance of the original usage. Having said that, I kinda liked the second usage but for different reasons. The lack of barrel character allowed more of the base beer roastiness and even smoke character come out.
     
  16. CommanderofAwesome

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    Finally got around to doing my 5 yr (that turned into a 7 yr plus both BA releases) Bigfoot Vert.

    Original BA Bigfoot was the standout, just awesome vanilla on this and still one of the the most
    harshest most barrel forward beers I have ever had. 15 was downright silly compared to it. Can really tell that 15 is a blend of BA and reg.

    17 is pretty much an IPA '12 &'13 were the best of the reg bunch, but to be honest none were amazing. Wouldn't cellar again but fun to do.
     
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  17. stakem

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    It dawned on me while drinking the trip in the woods version of bigfoot that I never had the "plain" BA version.

    Pretty sure I have a bottle, just not sure which year it is. Need to investigate that soon.
     
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  18. CommanderofAwesome

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    2013 was the only "pure barrel aged" release of BA BF. Every other year is a blend of BA and reg, something to keep in mind. My wallet certainly does for every release since then :)
     
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  19. matedog

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    That's weird. I wonder why (beyond just being able to make more).
     
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  20. CommanderofAwesome

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    Production and $$$. Also, keep in mind majority of craft beer drinkers aren't down with the BA, making a beer more mass market approachable helps SN's bottom line.

    Torpedo Room had an SF beer week event 2 yrs ago with their cellarmaster. My buddy and I were the only ones there that gave a fuck so we pretty much got to drink for 2 hours with the guy which is where I first found out about '15 being a blend. He pretty much said that '13 BA BF was way too intense for most and thus they toned it down. Another under published fact that I learned that night, '13 was actually aged for 2 yrs in barrels before bottling. It's a pretty damn special beer and one that I would hold up against any BA BWs.