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Sam Adams Winter Pack - can I cellar anything?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by jerkstore81, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Hi all,

    I got a Sam Adams Winter variety pack as a gift and am curious about aging some of the beers. Has anyone tried to cellar Old Fezziwig, Holiday Porter, Winter Lager, or Chocolate Bock before? Is it worth trying?
  2. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,205) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    You'll want to ask the folks in the Cellaring forum.
  3. Yikes - I didn't even know there was one. I'll do that right now instead. Mods, feel free to delete this thread.
  4. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    You definitely need to ask yourself why you're cellaring a specific beer. Is it because you think it'll improve on its taste/flavour/mouthfeel? Or is it because you don't feel like drinking it right now? It's an important question to ask yourself when it comes to these things.
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  5. Because I don't feel like drinking it right now, and I've always wanted to dabble in cellaring beer. Thought this would be a good start to try it with some spicy winter beers I landed on by surprise.
  6. I found a few SA beers in the back of the fridge and where I used to keep some beer. They did not improve. They got much, much worse. Definitely drain pours.
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  7. Generally you want to cellar beers that are 8% and above, and either a quad, imperial stout, or sour.

    None of them are anywhere close to that.

    So, no.
  8. Thank you for the advice. Looks like I'll be drinking some Christmas beer the next few weeks. ;)
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  9. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Had both Chocolate Bock and fezziwig with 2 years and they drank well, but it would be crazy to do so with intent.
  10. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    Yeah everything in those sampler packs are usually below 7%. Although old fez might be interesting...
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  11. My Anchor Christmas bottles are still holding up quite well
  12. This is a bad place to start cellaring. A couple of those will hold up alright, but they won't improve with age, which is the point of cellaring.
  13. Not a good idea.
  14. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    Drink up, buddy.
  15. Note the word "generally"

    I age SN Celebration. Sue me.
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  16. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Really? I have a couple bottles from 2011 I got on sale (in 2012 lol) and I've been kind of skeptical about them. Now I'm looking forward to it. I guess the power of suggestion is really easy on me...
  17. I just drank a 2010 and it was excellent... and little lost on the spiciness but delicious.
  18. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (455) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    These are probably best fresh but Fezzi may be worth expirementing with.
  19. KISSFR33K

    KISSFR33K Aficionado (200) Michigan Sep 15, 2012

    Sam Adams beers are not the beers you would want to cellar these have a 6 month shelf life if you want to cellar a SA try the imperial stout or wee heavy
  20. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm in law school. If I was licensed. I would.

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  21. You can cellar anything you want. Drink one, take notes, and see how it is in a year. Compare with notes, repeat.
  22. Basically this. Also, I had heard that Chocolate Bock actually does not bad aging from a few people, so on a whim I grabbed one from 2-3 years ago and it's sitting right next to several far more expensive bottles of beer. I'll pop it open here eventually out of morbid curiosity. :D
  23. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

    In December my buddy and I had 10 different years of Anchor. It was intense. The stuff that was a couple of years old pretty much all tasted the same. I think to taste a difference from like say 2010 to now you really need to age them longer.

  24. Anchor Christmas is different..
    I tried a 2004 and it was crazy delicious, while the 2012 was a drainpour (for me)
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  25. I have SA Chocolate Bock 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 in the cellar. I had a 2004 two years ago and it was STELLAR!!!
  26. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Advocate (515) Pennsylvania Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Or anything from their Barrel Room Collection. If you can get them, try aging a Stony Brook Red (a great Flemish red) or Thirteenth Hour (a "Belgian style stout" as claimed on the bottle, but definitely tastes like a sour BSDA). Cheers.
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  27. These guys are probably right. In all likelihood, you are not going to notice any marked improvement (most likely the added spice flavors will fade and they might get a little bit worse). Honestly, though, we're talking about a few bucks worth of beer that might not be quite as good, but might provide for a fun little experiment. I've kept a Fezziwig and a Porter for a year, tried them blind with a fresh bottle of each, and definitely preferred the fresh ones. But, if you think it would be interesting, go for it, my friend. A good example of what cellaring can be? Not even close. A bit of harmless fun? Heck yeah.
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