Favorite vertical

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  1. highlyhopped16

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    What's the best vertical you've done that you would recommend to others?
    Last year I did a 17 year Bigfoot with a few friends, which honestly changed the way I saw aging beer. Previously I thought I could anticipate how beer would age and assumed that it year flavors would continue to develop. However, this vertical blew my mind with complete changes year to year.

    Stand-outs- 2010, 2008, 2003, 2001, 1999.

    Finished the vertical off the best way I knew, a 2013 BA Bigfoot
     
  2. My favorite vertical story was last summer doing a vertical of Parabola. Batches 1-5.

    We got so drunk that we didn't even notice we wrongly grabbed a bottle of Abacus on the 5th one.

    That's when you know your palate is shot. 4 dudes who can't tell they're drinking a barleywine instead of an imperial stout in the dark.

    Now we use a spotter when doing verts.
     
  3. highlyhopped16

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    haha "spotter" thats amazing.
    what was the best year in your opinion?
     
  4. You're kidding me right? After that disaster of a performance. . .

    This feels like an Onion headline

    "Bumbling drunk asked for tasting notes after fucking up vertical."

    It would be like asking Dada 5000 & Kimbo Slice how they got in shape for their fight.
     
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  5. highlyhopped16

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    yeah, wasn't sure if the drunkenness crept up at the end or just a total mess form the start.
    how many of you split that? that is a beast of a vert
     
  6. brentsdodgers

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    Last July 4th we did a Cask 200 vertical that included the 5 fruit variants as well.

    B2 of 200 and Cherry were the top 2 for me. B2 tasted like a Geuze. That being said a bottle we opened a few weeks later tasted completely different.

    Cask Cherry still held tons of fruit flavor. evilhead you have pictures of these yeah?

    Don't know what it is with Sante bottles and Batch 2 of things but we have done a similar thing with Bernice and Ashley and both of those batch 2s were standouts as well.
     
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  7. Ryan_G

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    Soleil di Minuit '99 and '15

    Or Millenium and 2015 3F

    Or Blabaer 13 - 15

    Those were some good verticals with large gaps in them from last week.
     
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    Filed away in my brain under "Information it would behoove me to remember, but will forget by morning." Have got a stack of Parabola and of Anniversary Ales that I've been wondering when to do verticals of (separately, of course). Always good to have a sneak peek of what I'm getting myself into.
     
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  9. Brew33

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    02-03 to 14-15 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

    Much headache, many poops.

    07-14 Bourbon County Stout was fun too.
     
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  10. EverybodyLovesRainman

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    Expedition, and BCBS.

    BCBS is good for 3-5 yers of verticals, and Expedition just keeps getting better and better and better and better...
     
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  11. pmoney

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    Yeah, it sounds stereotypical to say but BCBS verticals are fun. I've done 2006-2013 (with all variants at the time) and 2007-2014 (with most variants at the time).

    My favorite "tasting event" is a blind-taste of different gueuzes. Not a vertical, but a "horizontal"?
     
  12. McGrupp612

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    The blind gueuze tasting is my favorite too. A few months ago we did a 3 F tasting. All four seasons, A&T, golden blend (original batch), OGV 08 and regular oud gueuze 11. We were all surprised that we unanimously put golden blend at the top, followed closely by A&T. The rest were all over the place
     
  13. McGrupp612

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    Gratitude was fun, however it was only 06-10
     
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  15. pmoney

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    That's awesome!
     
  16. DenverBeerDrinker

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    That was fun. Year 2 tasting is being assembled and by the way Troy is bottling it might be almost double the amount of bottles
     
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    Death will happen.
     
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  18. pgh_penguins

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    Bourbon County Day '15, semi-vertical
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    Really want to do a blind Gueuze horizontal - all the big names to compare
     
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  20. highlyhopped16

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    how many people did you do this with?
     
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