2009 Backwoods Bastard

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by C_Roetting, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. C_Roetting

    C_Roetting Savant (275) Kentucky Aug 28, 2013 Verified

    Just received a Backwoods Bastard bottled on 10/27/09 as an extra. Almost 4 years old. Excited to have it. Has anyone had one this old? Still good or shadow of it's former self?
  2. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    let me know, i got a couple of 2010.
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  3. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Still good but still a shadow of its former self. I have had vintage versions a few times and have come to find this beer does not improve with age. Still enjoyable after a few years but I will consume mine fresh from here on out.
  4. ^ To each his own, I guess, because I had a 2010 earlier this year that got my first 5/5 rating ever. Out of this world good, I'd probably go ahead and drink the '09s, honestly!
  5. I just opened my last 2010 a few nights ago. I think this beer is a little hot when fresh but can't say I noticed a difference between 6 months old and 3 years. Once the bourbon mellows a little I like it a lot, but I don't think there's much difference between a 2010 or a 2012 right now, probably 2009 as well.
  6. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (850) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Verified

    One of my wife's favorite beers, so we've hoarded & aged a few over the years, & for our tastes, it does nothing but go downhill. I really expected it to age like a champ, but after two years, it feels thinner & mellower & the bourbon has faded significantly. I still have an old bottle or two laying around somewhere, but we've stopped putting these away.
  7. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Savant (340) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Different strokes for different folks, for sure, but as much as I love this one fresh, I think it's even better with a couple of years on it. I haven't had one that old, but I'd be curious to hear what you think of it!
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  8. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (910) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

    Best with a year, great at 6 months, and it's fucking tasty fresh. The bourbon fades, and the sweetness IMO, flattens out.

    I like the vanilla notes fresh, and the hot bourbon.. But a year really works well. Haven't gone past 2 years, and thought it was no different than 1 year.
  9. BlackNote

    BlackNote Savant (355) Michigan Apr 5, 2013

    Just had a '12 last night and it was good, but not as good fresh. Since this is a '09, I would say not going to be great, but still drinkable.
  10. C_Roetting

    C_Roetting Savant (275) Kentucky Aug 28, 2013 Verified

    Cracked the '09 a few weeks ago. Forgot to weigh in. These were my notes.

    Fantastic. Deep red-brown in color; very little just-off-white head. Smooth, sweet, malt for days, no real perceived bitterness; toffee, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar lead the charge in flavor. The cherry is noticeably absent. Medium-low carbonation; very little head. While molasses and brown sugar are evident in the nose, not particularly aromatic. The body seems a little thin for the style. No lacing; thin legs (unremarkable). Highly drinkable. Alcohol not noticeable. Overall, excellent.
  11. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I've done an '07-'12 vertical, and just like KBS, much better fresh. It doesn't get worse, just a different profile that I don't think is as good as it is fresh.
  12. ShanePB

    ShanePB Champion (930) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    Completely agree.
  13. willth

    willth Savant (300) Illinois Apr 2, 2013

    I had a 12 last week and i thought the bourbon was more in your face after a year. Wish i had a few more 12's