2013 dogfish head 120 min - best batch yet?

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  1. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,311) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    so my wife and i are doing a three year vertical of the DFH 120. i usually like this beer in small quantities because it is so rich!

    but as i taste them the 2013 is way better than the aged ones, and better than i remember then when i tried the 2011 and 2012 fresh.

    its not nearly as sweet, which is a big plus. there is less heat, much more crisp, not as bready but more tropical and citrus based. i know the hipster culture is to hate on DFH, but even if you dont like them, i think this one deserves a try.


    the reason we are using different glasses is because after sharing three bottles of this in prob a short period of time, i wont remember what was in which... we had to write them down.
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  2. tuka

    tuka Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 New York

    I had only tried aged ( at least a year ) 120's until yesterday when I had a 2013. I prefer aged.
  3. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    My favorite beer of all time. I need to get some 2013.
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    HOP_KING Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Is it dated? I bought two in early January so I assume those re similar to current batch. Yet to open either, and have never previously had one. Probably opening first in two weekends.
  5. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,311) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    The 13 was dated 2 10 13

    HOP_KING Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Mine say 2012k 22:00
  7. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I like DFH quite a bit, I'd just say that 120 is one of my least favorite beers from them.

    I think you're in the "awkward spot" with the 2011 and 2012. The heat is still there but the hops are gone, so it's a bit of a sweet boozy mess with a year or two on it. Give it 5 years and it gets much better.
  8. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (608) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    It usually is less sweet and hoppy/bitter when fresh(as you described), and gets more caramel notes/sweetness after aging for around 1 year. Sounds pretty normal to me. Perhaps you just don't like aged 120? Me personally, I prefer at least a year on it, to get some of that caramel stuff going on. But that's just me, and why I have about 2 cases in my basement. YMMV.
  9. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Poo-Bah (4,997) Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    I prefer it on tap at the brewpub if anything.

    Had it aged a couple times... not as good in my opinion.
  10. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Picked up a baker's dozen at the brewery last month. Pretty sure they're 2013s. They have been excellent indeed.

    Edit: The 13th bottle was from a liquor store.
  11. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Some people like 'sweet' and 'boozy', and wouldn't describe those combined attributes as a 'mess'. ;)
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  12. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    I've had a few vintages and I have to say that I like it fresh the best. I've never had anything older than three years, I think, but I don't know if I'd have the patience!
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  13. Benny3000

    Benny3000 Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012 Michigan
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    If you like this beer, you can probably spray some Drakkar Noir into your mouth for a similar effect.
  14. BigBarley

    BigBarley Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2011 Texas

    Having sprayed Drakkar Noir into my mouth, I can tell you that this man exaggerates!
  15. Blowofftube

    Blowofftube Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Michigan
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    Well I've been aging this 2010 and was hoping it would help it. If I can find a 2013 I'd like to compare.
  16. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    I can get you some easily
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  17. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania


    Some of us actually like brews such as J.W. Lees Harvest Ales, HF Naked Evil and CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer.
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  18. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Aspirant (252) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois
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    I had some of the 2013 120 min on tap last month. It was excellent
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  19. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I appreciate that. I have a shop in pa that gets it for me. Whats the price in dc? I pay 180 a case in pa.
  20. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    It's usually by the bottle here, $10 or $11 most places. Except for $20 at one place that really irritates me. They are scam artists at One West Dupont circle. Worst. Prices. Ever. PvW prices: 12 year is $299, 15 year is $499, 23 year is $999.
  21. mcBrewsAlot

    mcBrewsAlot Initiate (178) Dec 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    im doing a 60, 61, 75, 90 and 120 tasting now that 61-minute has arrived.. glad I waited.. coulda went without 61 minute in tow!
  22. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (177) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    120 is like drinking malta with vodka, but more expensive
  23. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (473) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I've hated every 120 Min I've ever had, until I had it at EBF. I forget which hop variety it was Randalled through (Mosaic?), but it was actually quite good. Much more hop forward and fruity/citrusy rather than the overbearing sweetness/booze of the ones I've had in the past.
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