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DFH Midas Touch

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by DonDirkA, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (400) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    Hey guys, I just picked up a 4-pack of this yesterday and I haven't seen it around Tucson for a long time so I decided to put a couple away and see how they go. Has anyone aged these before? If so, what was your opinion of them? Are they worth cellaring for a bit or should I just drink them? It seems like they'd age with the win grapes and the ABV, but I don't really know.
  2. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (400) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

  3. Pahn

    Pahn Advocate (695) New York Dec 2, 2009

    unless anyone chimes in with experience, i'd say try aging 1~2. DFH's weird high gravity beers don't, in my opinion, lend themselves well to generalities. the best way is to try for yourself.

    i haven't had it aged, but i'm a big fan of it fresh. honestly i think there's a 50/50 chance of it getting better... the flavor says to me "will either get very bland with time, or will taste basically the same with some improved malty/oxidized complexity." like i said though, i wouldn't trust projections for such a unique beer.

    re: the wine grapes, by the way, fruit additions (regardless of variety) generally just get less pronounced with time. edit: wait, the grapes are fermented? (i don't memorize what goes into all the various DFH kitchen sink beers) in that case, i don't think it influences the "age-ability" at all; or not in any predictable way.
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  4. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (400) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll just age one and see what happens. Then I have 3 I can enjoy now (I think its one of their best Ancient Ales)


    Oh and "lol" at the use of "DFH kitchen sink beers". love it.
  5. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (285) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    From my experience anything with a wine influence becomes less pronounced with age. Heavy Seas's Cabernet Barrel Below Decks is all red wine when fresh, after a year the wine is completely gone.
  6. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (650) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    I'm not crazy about this brew at all,but I have a August/2011 bottle that I am aging as an experiment.

    Put a couple away for the hell of it....no?

    Cheers
  7. I really like this beer fresh. I have maybe 2 bottles left from 2010 and they're drinking fine. Different, but fine. They certainly are losing that bright honey pop I like about the beer though.
  8. I jist opened one from July 2012, not old. Fresh I really liked it. This one had lost almost all carbomation and had a very big honey taste, thats about it. It was really dry and my mouth was dry as well. Not sure whats up with this bu I dumped 1/2 of it. Fresh for me now on.

    Enjoy
  9. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (400) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    Well I only have one put away. I'll give it some time and see what happens. It sounds like yours may have had a bottling issue.
  10. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (505) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    I have a 2010 and 2011 I'm sitting on right now. Once I open one/both, I'll report back.
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  11. Andy915

    Andy915 Disciple (65) Texas Dec 17, 2010

    I had one i aged for about a year and a half recently and i picked up some funky flavors. Dont know if it was a bad batch or maybe i just tasted it on a bad day.
  12. tx_beer_man

    tx_beer_man Savant (260) Texas Jan 22, 2013

    Darn, I'll just have to wait to find another 4pk and give 'em 6 months.
  13. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    We tried a 2010 and a 2012 side-by-side last year. I think aging the beer mellowed out the pronounced flavors (as you'd expect.) Since I don't really like that beer in particular, but mellowing it out seemed to help everything come together well.

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