Tasting 3 2008 Allagash Brews

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by GRG1313, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Champion (985) California Jan 15, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    Just when I've convinced myself that all of my pontifications about drinking fresh is correct and that I'm ruining lots of beer by aging them (intentionally or by accident!) I find another exception. Goes to show you, there are no hard and fast rules.

    I'm cleaning my cellar and trying to reduce the contents. Along the way I'm giving some beers away (see Beer Trading forum, from time to time) and I'm tasting some bottles "just for the hell of it."

    Just tasted:

    2008 Allagash Victor
    2008 Allagash Interlude (August 2008), and
    2008 Allagash Curieux (August 2008; 680 cases)

    These bottles were all acquired by me new, on release, and put in my temperature controlled cellar where they simply got lost in the maze. I found these today and decided I'd give them a try as they were probably just too old but I'd try them before simply throwing them out.

    My bad. Each bottle is drinking lovely! The oxidation is only slight; there is still the character in the beer that the brewer intended and I've finally proved to myself that, indeed, Curieux does get "softer" and very drinkable with some age.

    Just my experience. These bottles were very good and still very drinkable. (Not going to get better in my opinion. Should I find more, I'm going to drink them!)
  2. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (425) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Interlude with age is incredible. Had a 2009 a few months ago, loved it.
  3. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 19, 2009

    I find myself to be coming to the same conclusion as you. I am intent on reducing my cellar, which is small compared to some, significantly. I intend to only age the few beers that I have had and know I prefer aged. No more building verticals that I never get around to or saving it because I may never get it again. Like you alluded to, there is too much good fresh beer. Some beers that I will age include; Stone RIS, HotD Adam and some beers that may need to develop more funk/tartness (Maybelle comes to mind).
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  4. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (860) California Oct 24, 2009 Verified

    Stone IRS and Adam are "regulars" in my cellar as well.
    Along with Bigfoot, St. Berny, Old Stock, Orval.
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  5. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    I had a batch 1 (2006?) Interlude at a tasting at Bottlework's about 9 months ago and it was phenomenal...much better than a fresh one.