Aged Samichlaus...How long were you able to wait?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by rynosf23, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. rynosf23

    rynosf23 Feb 5, 2013 Florida
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    I have an '05 bottle of Samichlaus in the cellar. I've read that 20 years is the optimum time to age this beer. Has anyone been able to hold it this long? If not, how long did you hold it?
     
  2. dckepley

    dckepley Aug 13, 2006 Iowa
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    I have one bottle of 2001. I got it from my boss last year when he was cleaning his house to move. Knowing that I have a "cellar", he gave it to me and I gladly took it off his hands (although I did offer him some money). Since it is the only one, I'll hang on as long as I can. My only other vintage is 2010.
     
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  3. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Jul 22, 2010 Tajikistan
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    A universal 'optimum' time is a myth. You need to figure out how you like it. To start out, have you had Sammi fresh? From my experience, It's not a hard beer to come across at bottle shops in a variety of vintages back to 2007. Look around, try to pick up a few of the older singles, sample. That'll give you a frame of reference as to how the bottle you have is evolving.
     
  4. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I love the beer at nearly any age. Having had one fresh, one at two years, and one at six, I can say it does mellow with time but it's still a great beer when young, just much sweeter than with time on it. If you only have one, open it, you won't be sorry, and you'll get an idea of what you'd like to see on your next bottle.
     
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  5. patm1986

    patm1986 Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
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    the best aged i've had was a 2004 classic i had last year. it was perfection: low heat, brandy-esqe. i have one bottle of 2000 classic left, but i drank one in 2011, and it was on its death bed.
    brilliant with 6-8 yrs though.
     
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  6. rynosf23

    rynosf23 Feb 5, 2013 Florida
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    I have had a fresh one. A little too strong in the alcohol department for my taste. Found the 05' in the store a few years back and figured I'd age this one and give it another shot. Excited to taste the difference.
     
  7. allouez86

    allouez86 Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    I've had it at only a year, took one sip and then proceeded to tell all of my friends that smoke to back away. It was like drinking gasoline with just a year on it. Have had it at 3 years and it was tasty but I'd say give it 5 years if you can wait that long.
     
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  8. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    Just had one recently from 1987, from the original castle. It was heavy soy sauce. Like dip sushi in soy sauce.
     
  9. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I've had a few, but can't remember the ages. Of course this was before I got into beers and, at that time, didn't care for them like I would now. Time to revisit.
     
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  10. grumpy

    grumpy May 24, 2005 Missouri

    Haven't held on to, or quaffed, a 20-yr old release and honestly don't recall the age of the oldest I've consumed. There's Sami in my cellar dating as far back as 1996, and you may have inspired me to save it until 2016 - just for the Hell of it.
     
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  11. harrymel

    harrymel Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    Had a 2007 recently, it was beetus in a glass. Really hesitant to invest more time in this beer.
     
  12. n2185

    n2185 Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Well, I have a 2009 bottle right now. I tried one in 2010 and it was disgusting, so I'll probably try this one at some point in the next several years when I'm running low on cellar beers or remember its existence in the bottom of my closet.
     
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  13. APreacher

    APreacher Jun 6, 2012 California
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    Drank 06 or 07 limited version over the holidays and it was sweet and smooth. Very barley wine esqe. I am debating trading the few I have left, as I don't see it elvolving much more.
     
  14. Gotti311

    Gotti311 Mar 22, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I had a 2006 over the holidays. That thing was absolutely beautiful. Very brandy-esque without the warmth. I was really blown away.
     
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  15. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Holding a 1997 Dark I haven't had it since then. From what I remember it was greenish and at the time I compaired it to jager. I still remember the hangover thats the only reason it lasted this long.
     
  16. loafinaround

    loafinaround Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I promised myself I would hold out until it's at least 6 years old.... Mine is only a 2011... will be a while.
     
  17. DRBILL

    DRBILL Sep 6, 2002 California
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    I have many vintages and although after 10 years there is the possibility of having some soy sauce notes I've recently had an '85-'86-'87 and the 85 & 87 were still both amazing!
     
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  18. pixiesfanyo

    pixiesfanyo Oct 25, 2010 California

    Had a 96 over thanksgiving. Absolutely amaaaaazing. So much better than the new version.
     
  19. stakem

    stakem Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Hopefully your remaining bottle of the vintage from 2000 is better than your previous experience. In June, I enjoyed a bottle from 2000 so much that I deleted my old review to revisit it with the aged bottle. I have 1 remaining from that year as well as 1996. It will be hard to resist drinking them now that this is on my mind...
     
  20. patm1986

    patm1986 Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
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    i know, man. i hope it changes, and with that beer, you know it has all the potential.
     
  21. ant880

    ant880 Nov 7, 2010 New York

    Sami is actually one of the beers I grabbed to hold onto until my son turns 21 (he was born in 2011). I have a long way to go, but if I can find this thread in 2032 I will let you know how it goes ;)
     
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  22. jfestush

    jfestush Mar 26, 2009 New York

    I drank a 1987 Samichlaus Pale about a month ago, so that had aged over 25 years. It was fantastic and had a very complex taste. It was the last in a 6-pack I had been gradually drinking.
     
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