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Behemoth Vertical drink or add to it?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Jballn, Feb 9, 2013.


Add to it or wait for more?

  1. Wait

    8 vote(s)
  2. Drink

    10 vote(s)
  1. Jballn

    Jballn Aficionado (165) Ohio Mar 17, 2012

    I have '11 '12 '13 do I wait for more to add or drink them? Only had a year aged and was impressed but not sure past that
  2. Jballn

    Jballn Aficionado (165) Ohio Mar 17, 2012

    honestly looking for advice on this, oldest u have had is a '11 about 3 months ago dont know if previous years are as good or better or if its worth cellaring what i have for longer and waiting till i have a 2014 and a 2015 or possible '10 or later if i can find a trade
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  3. Drink it when it seems like a fun time would be had.
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  4. brian4beer

    brian4beer Savant (320) Indiana Jan 27, 2013

    Behemoth is one of my favorites and I have been trying for several years to build a vert as I am in FFF weekly however I just can save the stuff as I keep drinking it. I buy one case every January and the damn thing is gone by March. I say drink it.
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  5. mikeyv35

    mikeyv35 Savant (365) New York Oct 15, 2008

    This huge barley wine ages magnificently! IMO most barleywines, especially those of the American variety need a minimum of 5 years in the cellar before they are optimal to drink.

    I just completed my Behemoth vertical of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2011(Ohio), 2012, 2013, as well as the BA Behemoth. This puts the oldest bottle at roughly 7-8 years aged and I am not remotely worried about it. Not sure how much more I want to expand this vertical before sharing it w/ good BA friends, but the age factor does not have me in any kind of rush or worry. A great barley wine like Behemoth that comes in a waxed bottle and has a high ABV is built to last and age. I would expect Behemoth to be good for a decade w/o much of a problem. It's no JW Lees in longevity, but all that is going to happen w/ further aging is it is going to become more English like.

    Good luck on your vert!
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  6. Jballn

    Jballn Aficionado (165) Ohio Mar 17, 2012

    thanks mikeyv35 i think i will take your advice, i would love to accuire a full vertical or at least find someone i can share with.

  7. TNasty1126

    TNasty1126 Aficionado (175) Hawaii Jun 21, 2012

    ...Jeremy, it is so good fresh, I dont need its beautiful powerful flavor to mellow over time.
  8. Jballn

    Jballn Aficionado (165) Ohio Mar 17, 2012

    There will always be a fresh one, I have 3 years worth so kinda late for that. But plenty of '13 to open so no worries
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  9. mikeyv35

    mikeyv35 Savant (365) New York Oct 15, 2008

    Exactly! Always buy or trade for multiples of the most recent year so you can drink some fresh and hold 1 or 2 to age/cellar.
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