Cellared Beer Reviews

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

  1. joshruffin84

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    Those beers can go forever. I've got some 2013 Beast and Mephistopholes that haven't even hinted at peaking yet. Shame they don't make these anymore.
     
  2. libbey

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    2012 was a drain poor. Total mess. 2011 was lovely. Bright mineral funky lambic. Yum.
     
  3. greg4579

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    I opened a 2011 Kriek the other week and it was pretty darn good.
     
  4. davey101

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    10/23/2015 vintage. Used to love buying the 750's of this beer when in college and making a night of it. I bought two four packs hoping to finally try the beer super fresh. This is the first bottle of those, so it took me almost three years to get around to it.
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    Has a bunch of floaters in it but it's a nice deep burgundy. Nose is fusel heat and caramel with the obvious scent of raspberry. Taste is much the same. Boozy mix of burnt raspberry candy and some old toffee. Not getting much from the "Belgian" aspect of it sort of a slight yeasty aftertaste that doesn't go well with the alcohol. It's a really one dimensional beer but definitely holds up to the age. It's not amazing but it sure is fun, i'm excited to try the new variant of it this year.
     
  5. iong516

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    A&T is still unsurprisingly incredible. Great pop of the cork, no gush, big head if not pouring carefully but not overly bubbly. Dirty nose, soft feel, earthy and dusty, nice oak. Not showing any negative effects of age. Need more :oops:
     
  6. matedog

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    CBS' sweet deals on old RRBC got me motivated to crack some older bottles. Tempt has a rep for hangin' tuff and this did not disappoint. Older bottles get some nice green apple notes I just don't get in it fresh. Couldn't detect any oxidation. This was tasty.

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    Threw a 2011 Bigfoot in for good measure. Would have been better to try side by side with newer bottles since it tasted just tasted like Bigfoot. That being said, I had to remind myself how abrasive fresh Bigfoot can be and that this was definitely less so.
     
  7. CommanderofAwesome

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    I just opened a BF '11 a month ago or so and it was a flat mess. Glad yours held up better than mine!
     
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  8. matedog

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    In all honesty, I don't really like Bigfoot. Or any non-BA American BW for that matter. I prefer it aged a bit since it's not as harsh, but I can't say I really like it. I scored it well because it is good for the style, I just don't like the style that much.
     
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  9. Espeer

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    I bought a case each year since 05. Stored in a bedroom, a closet, a decent cellar, then back in a closet. Never had a flat or off flavored bottle. Probably have consumed 200 of them.
     
  10. stupac2

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    I think Bigfoot is a polarizing beer, I just don't dig the way the aggressive hopping with that big base makes it both sweet and bitter. I know that's characteristic of the American Barleywine style (I mean, it was a pioneer of the style) but it just doesn't work for me. And I think that bitterness either masks or homies* the development of the awesome flavors you get in English Barleywines.

    But to each their own, it's not something where I don't get it at all, it's just not for me.


    * Gene this autocorrect is stupid. That's a legitimate word.
     
  11. CommanderofAwesome

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    I agree with the sentiment in this thread regarding BF. Not my favorite style, but I actually prefer Fresh BF over any of the aged BF I've had including a keg of '03 at the Torpedo Room. Even fresh I'd still pass on it for something else like SNPA almost everytime.
     
  12. matedog

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    I feel like it should be obvious what word you had written but I honestly can't figure it out.
     
  13. Gonzoillini

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    Well he wrote homies obviously
     
  14. stupac2

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    A word that means "slows/hinders" but can also be used to mean "stupid/idiotic/mentally handicapped". I actually suspected it would be censored and tried to come up with a different word but none really matched what I wanted.
     
  15. matedog

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    That's the one thing I could think of, I'm surprised it is censored.
     
  16. iong516

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    Disrupts, attenuates, blunts... /thesaurus

    It is an odd word to get picky about.
     
  17. stupac2

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    None of those actually have the same full meaning, and in fact aren't even particularly close. And in general I really hate word replacements, I think it's profoundly fucked up to change what I'm saying. I get it for things that are unambiguously slurs, but otherwise? Fucked up.
     
  18. iong516

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    Not the moderating choice I would have made either. ...and I don't wanna get stupac'd into an argument about word meanings, but I think there are a few choices that would convey the meaning of the censored word in question including those I suggested ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  19. davey101

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    2015, or maybe older? Bought this a few years ago and the bottle was dusty then. Date on the cap was all smudged off. Yeast, pepper, oxidized malts, green apples and some alcohol. Definitely showing it's age. Not amazing but still pretty drinkable.
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  20. davey101

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    10/26/2011. Not my favorite aged DFH beer, I think this went too long. Pretty tame and mild, like a watered down version of the beer fresh. Light smoke and band aids and some maple/caramel sweetness. Just lacking that oomph that it has fresh.
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