Aging Assassin

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by CoreyC, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. CoreyC

    CoreyC Initiate (194) Mar 16, 2015 Wisconsin

    I searched the forum and it sounded a bit mixed on aging Assassin. I got very lucky (and have a great friend) and have one we will share at some point. I'm wondering if anyone with experience with this beer would recommend sitting on it (I have a temp controlled cellar at 55 degrees)? I can't find the IBUs on-line which would be good info to know as I don't like any hoppiness, so for that reason I generally like to age most Imperial Stouts (even BA) a bit.
  2. not2quick

    not2quick Disciple (354) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    I've only had Assasin one time and that was last year and it was a 16 assassin. So I cannot comment on how it was fresh. I will say 16 assassin had a very strong dark fruit flavor profile. Very pruney/raisony. It was fine just not my favorite. Not sure if a little bit of age did that, but I've heard from a few different people that 16 assassin did have that flavor profile.
  3. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Aspirant (272) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio

    The Assassins, in fact, SR-71, as well (from what I've heard), have been trending towards a dark fruit-heavy flavor profile over the last couple years. Don't believe the post-bottling aging process has anything to do with it.
  4. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,951) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota

    I've only had Assassin twice, once fresh & once aged around two years. The fresh bottle was divine, the aged bottle, as noted above, was leaning heavily into dark fruit territory, which I do not enjoy in stouts.

    If it was me, I would drink it as soon as possible.
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  5. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Aspirant (272) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio

    This is an interesting take.. And I will add that I had Assassin fresh on the weekend of the release, and while there were dark fruit notes, there was plenty of chocolate and whiskey to balance. I thought it was fantastic. Drinking it now might be wise. I'll be drinking mine next month (since I can't land a Maman for it :confused:)
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  6. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,951) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota

    I think that's the key. There might be whispers of it fresh, but it's muted or masked by other, stronger flavors & only seemed to come out with age.

    This is the same reason I quit aging Expedition Stout. Wonderful beer, but I found that the same dark fruit quality started to emerge in time, & I couldn't stand it.
  7. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (386) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Good to know that about expedition. I enjoy if fresh, wouldn't want to ruin it (for me) with dark fruit flavors...