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Aging BB Vanilla DL

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by cfh64, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. cfh64

    cfh64 Defender (602) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    I feel like a rookie even asking this question because I already know what alot of people will say "if you've never had it drink it now". I understand that but here's the dilemma.

    I've been guitly of hanging on to this beer for almost a year now because it is the pride and joy of my cellar. Like others, I enjoy just "having it" or saving it for a special occasion. I've also come to realize many "hyped up" beers I've had either weren't all that or I did them a disservice by hanging on to them too long, probably a combo of both. I have more recently joined the mindset of "fresh is better" in most cases. Damn I ramble...

    Alright, so I do think regular DL is a beer that vastly improves with age but vanilla probably/does fade with age. This beer seems like a double edged sword. Anyone with experience or advice? and, yes, I am getting ready to drink it now, most likely :wink: but am curious to hear if further aging it will actually help it more a la Dark Lord.

    Thanks
     
  2. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    We opened a bottle of Brandy Vanilla '11 a month ago or so and there was still tons of vanilla flavor...like booze-soaked explosively flavorful barrel-aged marshmallows. Different beer, yes - but we certainly didn't want for vanilla.
     
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  3. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Yeah, that beer was such a vanilla bomb fresh (much like BCBVS) that I would think it should hold up for a while. Back around the release, I tried to trade for a bottle with the sole intent of letting it sit for a year or two. Personally I think once the vanilla calms down a little bit it will be a much better beer.
     
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  4. cfh64

    cfh64 Defender (602) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    So by you saying "different beer, yes" I'm assuming you had it fresh as well. Just out of curiousity, which did you prefer more, fresh or aged? Yes, I'm referring to the Brandy Vanilla.

    All very good points so far. I never even thought of the the fact that there would be very little info on this since its so limited and its only been a year. I can only imagine there are just a handful of people that have had it fresh and within the past month or so that would be able to chime in. I appreciate everyones feedback anyways.
     
  5. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    You should solve this dilemma by trading it to me :grinning:
     
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  6. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    for some reason i thought you were referring to bourbon vanilla '12, not the brandy vanilla '11, which is what i meant by "different beer, yes." i realize that makes no sense now, sorry haha.
     
  7. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,297) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    DONT. AGE. WHALEZ.

    THIS. IS. CRAZY. TALK!!!

    DRINK. IT. NOW.:slight_smile:
     
  8. cfh64

    cfh64 Defender (602) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
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    Lol, I promised one of my trading partners I would save it to drink with him and his buddy. Problem is he lives in NM which isn't too far but he would have to travel. I'm waiting on an answer. Hopefully he can make it and we'll put a nice dent in my cellar and drink the damn thing :slight_smile:
     
  9. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,297) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    There ya go! Now your talkn!
     
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