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Sitting on BA beers

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by tcanaday, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. How many of you guys do this, and how many of you guys are like me and absolutely love fresh BA beers when the barrel is hot on the nose, palate, and mouthfeel. As the hot, boozy barrel notes calm down, so does my love for the BA stout. How do you guys feel about this?
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  2. ShanePB

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

    I'm with you. I tend to love my barrel aged stouts fresh. There's something about the hot boozy bourbon that I just love. It could be that I like bourbon/whiskey in general, too. That probably helps.
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  3. I don't buy a lot of BA beers in part because, not being keen on corn liquor, I invariably put them in a cupboard in the hope that they'll lose their heat.
  4. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Verified

    I like to sit on at least one bottle of a particular type for a while, but, yes, I find that as I age bottles to fade out some of their intense flavors, the bourbon goes too. Case in point, I have a bottle or two of Backwoods Bastard that are now five months old; they're much worse for the wear.
  5. heatwaves

    heatwaves Savant (430) California Oct 17, 2009 Verified

    I tend to keep them in the cellar simply so I can wistfully gaze at my riches.
  6. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Advocate (700) Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2008 Verified

    You're kidding, right?
  7. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Savant (385) Arizona Oct 16, 2012 Verified

    I agree, perfect night cap. The warming bite is very soothing
  8. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    I would drink them all fresh if I could. Problem is I buy way more than I can drink. Cellar is bulging.
  9. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Savant (285) Quebec (Canada) Jul 6, 2011 Verified

    I tend to save most of my BA stuff for guests; no way am I going to polish off a whole bomber by myself (minus a few exceptions...). I just don't drink terribly often! I thoroughly enjoy those BA beers though, so I cellar them a bit. They usually don't stick around all that long.
  10. Im lucky in that I live with my best friend and we're both beer nerds, so we always split these bombers, I couldnt image trying to drink a whole one either, I think a 12 oz pour of any of these gems is the perfect amount.
  11. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    My drinking can't keep up with my buying. After having a year old espresso aged yeti, im going to try and consume coffee BAs as soon as I can. That yeti was not even close to as good fresh, which I had high hopes for and wa s a bit let down. I like to split these with a friend as well so I need to wait to open big bad baptist and BA santas little helper, which I have non BA of both and want to try them together. Looks like I need more drinking buddies

    So I feel that I wanted to sit on them until I realized that with losing heat, you lose some luster. Il still buy them but not as much, its getting a bit ridiculous.

    How bout non BAs? Some say they are good with age too
  12. Scalzo

    Scalzo Savant (435) Illinois Feb 27, 2012 Verified

    I like to save them for a rainy day, when my pockets are empty and my beer cellar is full!
  13. kevanb

    kevanb Champion (785) Illinois Apr 4, 2011 Verified

    I typically sit on them, but only because I could never drink one solo in one sitting (too rich for me) and I'd much rather share them
  14. Absolutely. I also enjoy the taste of the alcohol in mixed drinks so...
  15. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Advocate (675) California Apr 17, 2012 Verified

    I like boozey stouts, but with summer coming up, what's left will sit in the cellar until next winter. Of course in souther Cali our winter is pretty short, it's like 80-85 today. So im already craving some IPA.
  16. wibeerman

    wibeerman Zealot (90) Wisconsin Aug 2, 2012

    My beers are my friends. I like to look at them, talk to them, and read them stories before tucking them in for bed. If I drank them all I wouldn't have any friends left.
  17. heatwaves

    heatwaves Savant (430) California Oct 17, 2009 Verified

    I've bought little outfits for them to wear. I give them the choicest cuts of meat from my dinner table. And they get first choice of what tv shows to watch.
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  18. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    I love big boozy beers. As a plus, my husband won't steal sips if I say it's barreled.
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  19. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

    Either way is fine by me. They're different, but I enjoy both.
  20. Kalev13

    Kalev13 Aficionado (140) Delaware Feb 14, 2013

    I only sit on them until they hatch. It's not so bad if you lay them on their sides first.
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  21. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Advocate (600) California Nov 10, 2006 Verified

    I try and do both. Acquire a couple of the same to try one fresh and aged. I cellar beers more than the average ba. Not always by choice. As the cellar grows and I age and drink less, bottles seem to sit a while before I get to them. Gotta do more bottle shares I guess.
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  22. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    I find myself buying big BA beers more often than others because I don't have to worry about when I get to them. I don't like really hot beers so really if I forget I have a certain hot beer it's actually an advantage for me.
  23. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    Hey, if you don't want 'em... :D
  24. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    Depends on the beer if you ask me. I can drink BCBS fresh no problem...the heat is subdued by the sweetness of the base beer and it's just really well balanced to me. Then you take a beer like Old Rasputin XV...hot as hell with a lower ABV. Nothing about the XV tells me to drink it fresh...sometimes it's a better beer when certain characteristics fade, Old Raspy XV is a strong candidate for this designation. I say try one and decide for yourself...in the end it's yourself you're trying to please....
  25. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,030) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    I prefer the freshness of the barrels too. That stated, Parabola with some months on it is > than fresh Parabola...so I can't unequivacally agree. And I want to thank my locals liquor store for being so kind to be the one to age it for me (not that they did so purposefully).
  26. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,290) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

    I rarely age stuff, not because I don't think it will taste better, but there's no time like the present.

    You can't drink when you're dead.
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  27. As forplay?
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  28. why would you sit on BA beers?
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  29. Demer

    Demer Savant (270) New Jersey Dec 13, 2010 Verified

    I prefer mine fresh. Anything past like 2 years max is a waste.