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How long should I cellar the Barrel Aged Eclipse?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by TheThompsonator, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. TheThompsonator

    TheThompsonator Aspirant (25) Apr 26, 2012

    I just got 2 of the Barrel Aged Eclipse from Fifty Fifty via trade. I got 1 of the Elijah Craig (12yr) and 1 of the Evan Williams.

    I've never had any of the barrel aged eclipse's before, and was curious as to whether I should cellar them or just drink them up now?
  2. jp7161

    jp7161 Savant (370) California Dec 22, 2011 Verified

    Drink them now
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    You have never had them, so drink them.
  4. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Champion (790) Jul 4, 2008

  5. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (910) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Verified

    From a guy who loves to play around with cellaring: drink them. These beers are fantastic fresh & fade in a hurry. At the one year mark they're a shell of their former selves. I'm a big fan, but I've seldom seen a bigger beer fall off this fast.
  6. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,000) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    I do enjoy the Eclipse beers fresh, don't get me wrong. But I recently (3 weeks ago) opened an Elijah 12-year from 2011 and it was awesome. Still tons of bourbon there. Nonetheless, OP, if you've never had them, DRINK. NOW.
  7. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (910) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Verified

    Interesting, because I've held onto one of each & they've been less good across the board. Others in my (perhaps groupthink) tasting group have agreed.

    However, you are also 100% correct. If you haven't had anything, try it fresh first!
  8. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,000) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    Could be; groupthink is an interesting phenomenon. In general, I agree with you though. I always prefer bourbon-forward beer fresh. No doubt. I just personally didn't think 1 year in the cellar hurt the Elijah 12-year that much.
  9. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (670) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Verified

    I really only cellar if I have more than 1 of a specific beer. That way I can tell if it changes, for better, worse, etc. If you have only one, then I would very rarely cellar.
  10. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    First, all Eclipse are barrel-aged. Saying "Barrel-aged Eclipse" is redundant.

    Second, if you only have one, drink it. That's pretty much always the answer.
    krl2112 likes this.