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Does Bourbon County Stout age well?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by sportscrazed2, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. i have 3 bottles left. had one a week ago and it tasted a little mellower than the first 4 pack i drank. should i age them or drink them as soon as possible?
     
  2. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Illinois Apr 18, 2011

    Good now, good in three years. Do what you please based on your own tastes.
     
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  3. well then i shall drink them. think i liked it better awhile ago
     
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  4. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (325) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    I always leave a few to age.
     
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  5. mdvatab

    mdvatab Savant (440) Indiana Apr 5, 2006

    It has aged very well in the past. In late '11, a group of friends and I tasted '07-'11 BCSBS, and each one was great in its own way. '07 was definitely one of my favorites. Since you've already tasted it fresh, why not set some aside and see how they taste over the next few years.
    That said, if you really enjoy the way the beer tastes now, you could just say to hell with it and drink them all...
     
  6. It's really good now, will be good next year & in the years to come.
    You never know when your number is going to come up though...

    Time does not guarantee improvement, just difference.
    Those differences can often, but not universally, be described as improvements.
     
  7. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (540) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    I bought two four packs when it first came to VA. I've got 6 left and want to let at least some of them make it to next year so I can do a mini vertical taste.
     
  8. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Savant (445) Wyoming Feb 24, 2011

    Dude, you leveled up! Plus 15 stamina and 35 HP with a special 15 attack bonus! :D
     
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  9. Now I'm going to have to break out my lucky 20 sided die to decide which beer I'm going to drink.
     
  10. Yup. I hope when I die my bank account and my beer stash are both empty.
     
  11. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Savant (445) Wyoming Feb 24, 2011

    Seriously some great insight, Fuji!
     
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  12. someone needs to post this as a permanent header in the cellaring forum. Period.
     
  13. Onizilla

    Onizilla Aficionado (225) New York Apr 25, 2009

    I bought an entire case this year in hopes to age a few.
    I have 2 left that I've drunkenly hidden away and cannot remember where the survivors are.
    They age well, If you can stand to let them age.
     
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  14. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Champion (800) California Jan 31, 2005

    Alright boys, I'm the DM. You must consult first.

    Are you planning on using a 7th level, "Get a Whale as an extra in a trade" spell;)
     
  15. That's how people get King Henry as an extra, right?
     
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  16. Can we go on a dungeon crawl quest for a barrel of Rare?
     
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  17. I'm hoping it ages well. I had a 2012 last week and it was all bourbon/vanilla/coconut and booze (understandable at 15%abv). I'm hoping if I lay these other 3 bottles down, the flavors will further develop
     
  18. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (325) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    Flavors don't necessarily develop. Up-front flavors fade and let others come to the surface a little more.
     
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  19. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Illinois Sep 12, 2012

    I think BCBS fresh-year old is okay-ish for consuming. After a year/year and a half, I think it starts to enter a weird phase. I'd suggest drinking within a year of bottling, set 2-3 aside, and open one every year so you can see how it changes over time (and next year, you can do the same, setting up a vertical that you will inevitably be thankful you had the forethought to construct)! I personally prefer it with four years of age (2008 is drinking the best right now).
     

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