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What year is this bottle BA Santa's Little Helper?

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by riko, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. riko

    riko Savant (315) California Jan 18, 2008

    I have a bottle of BA Santa's Little Helper that I think is from 2010 but I'm not sure.

    It has a red label and says "Stout aged in bourbon barrels" on it.

    Can anyone confirm the year and whether it's likely to be flat? Trying to decide if I should wait to open it at a time when I'm up for using the Carbonator Cap.
     
  2. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (490) California Dec 11, 2010

    2012 had red labels and said the same thing. Just drink it and find out!
     
  3. riko

    riko Savant (315) California Jan 18, 2008

    It's definitely not 2012. I thought the newer bottles say "ale aged in oak barrels" instead of "stout aged in bourbon barrels."
     
  4. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (490) California Dec 11, 2010

    Oh damn, my bad - I never noticed the wording change. Yours could definitely be a '09, one of the "flat" years. Maybe someone else can chime in whether or not later vintages had the same label.
     
  5. tyrsis

    tyrsis Savant (425) California Mar 13, 2009

    11 and 12 definitely said "oak" so... it's obviously older than that.
     
  6. Xul

    Xul Advocate (530) California May 18, 2008

    I recall answering this question (or one very similar about BA SLH labels) on the old forums, but that's lost to the ages...I want to say it's an '09, but I'm not sure. I'm going to my storage locker tomorrow morning, if I remember I'll check labels for '09 and '10 and see what the differences are.
     
  7. riko

    riko Savant (315) California Jan 18, 2008

    I think I got it at the Christmas in July when they released DDG. Was that '09?
     
  8. Xul

    Xul Advocate (530) California May 18, 2008

    Yeah, '09 was DDG and the first release of BA SLH.
     
  9. riko

    riko Savant (315) California Jan 18, 2008

    OK, thanks. And does this mean it's likely flat?
     
  10. Xul

    Xul Advocate (530) California May 18, 2008

    Probably, yeah...last '09 I drank was about 9 - 12 months ago, and it was pretty much flat.
     
  11. riko

    riko Savant (315) California Jan 18, 2008

    Thanks. I'll save it for a time when I have my carb cap ready.