Aging Curmudgeon's Better Half

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by DIM, Sep 16, 2018 at 11:34 AM.

  1. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,346) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Anyone have experience aging this? I had the first from my pack last night and I thought the maple syrup was overpowering and unpleasant, specifically at the finish. The only time I had CBS was from the original batch years ago. My review noted how subtle the maple was. Maybe the lack of coffee and the sweeter base beer explains how differently I perceived the maple.

    Anyway, can anyone say if the maple will fade over time? Should I give them away or stash them for later? Thanks in advance.
    #1 DIM, Sep 16, 2018 at 11:34 AM
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018 at 11:39 AM
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  2. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (436) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    It's been my experience that aging helps balance out some excesses, particularly sweetness, and bring them more in line with everything else, so I'd say go for it.
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  3. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Devotee (496) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    I felt same way about Better Half and also am aging my other 3. Way I see it I didn't like it fresh so hopefully with some age I will enjoy it as that has been my experience with other beers I didn't care for fresh.
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  4. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (223) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan

    Beware....the original release of Curmudgeons Better Half had a significant amount of reports that aging it developed off, "minty" flavors.

    It may depend on what your definition of age means. These reports were after a couple years of aging.
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  5. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (88) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    I haven't had this particular beer in question yet, but I can tell you I put a bottle of CBS away to save for my birthday in May, and a good deal of the maple sweetness had faded compared to the one I had fresh.
  6. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Devotee (496) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    I agree CBS doesn't age well but Better Half is not CBS and maple fading a bit will more than likely benefit Better Half. CBS is perfect fresh so why age it?
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