Aging Stone Enjoy By

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by BenwayPHD, May 26, 2015.

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  1. BenwayPHD

    BenwayPHD Aspirant (289) Sep 4, 2014 California

    Anyone every try adding a Stone Enjoy By. I'm asking one for a year or of curiosity. Right now I'm drinking an Enjoy By 3-14, and I gotta say, I'm enjoying it. Without the massive hop presence it's a nice little barleywine.
  2. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (787) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois

    Beers do not change style over time. A DIPA does not turn into a barleywine. It turns into an old faded DIPA.
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  3. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (653) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Why man, why?
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  4. BenwayPHD

    BenwayPHD Aspirant (289) Sep 4, 2014 California

    I understand that they do not change style, but the flavor profile has changed in such a way that some of the sweeter malt notes, which are actually kind of pleasant, have come forward, making it taste like a barleywine. It's not bad. I had a feeling that it would age well. The same way 90 minute and Palate Wrecker do.
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  5. bgold86

    bgold86 Crusader (769) Apr 1, 2015 New York

    Did just this last summer, left an enjoy by in the fridge about 2 and a half months after the "enjoy by" date, was an unpleasant adventure, ended up drain pouring, tons of undesirable notes...
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  6. MtnSoup

    MtnSoup Aspirant (296) May 20, 2013 Colorado

    This is just dumb. If you like the taste of a a barleywine.
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  7. dbrelsfo

    dbrelsfo Aspirant (299) Apr 17, 2013 Georgia

    There is a style name for this beer....malt bomb!
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  8. Thirsty_In_Chicago

    Thirsty_In_Chicago Aspirant (271) Dec 16, 2014 Illinois

    I opened an Enjoy By 10.31.14 on 10.31.14 with @GarMerr and it smelled and tasted like a combination of garbage and death.
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  9. Imperial207

    Imperial207 Initiate (62) Aug 9, 2014 Maine

    Would you let a steak sit in fridge for a week after its 'best by' date? If a brewer says drink by, likely a good chance you should... And that said, you take the risk if you do not listen...
  10. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (860) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia

    I thought these bottles spontaneously combusted after the enjoy by dates.
  11. HopVol

    HopVol Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2015 Tennessee

    I'm not part of the all IPAs must be drank as fresh as possible crowd but Enjoy By is not one I would sit on unless its just as an experiment. The bottle says, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. I would love to hear Stone's explanation of exactly how they do that but in my experience when I add hops early and often to the boil of an IPA the hoppy flavor tends to last longer. Less early additions and more late additions and the hops fade pretty quickly.
  12. KMitch

    KMitch Disciple (328) Aug 29, 2012 Alabama

    Get an "Enjoy After" if you want to cellar a DIPA...that is the purpose of those beers. They are brett finished and will change over time as the brett continues to work.
  13. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,158) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    Or @StoneGreg personally shows up and confiscates them :wink:!
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  14. BenwayPHD

    BenwayPHD Aspirant (289) Sep 4, 2014 California

    To be fair, where I work we had three cases left over past the Enjoy By date. I bought a few bottles, at a pretty high mark down, and thought it would be fun to see how they age.
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  15. Colbyamoss

    Colbyamoss Initiate (38) Oct 21, 2014 District of Columbia

  16. MtnSoup

    MtnSoup Aspirant (296) May 20, 2013 Colorado

    Unacceptable. I propose a lifetime ban from BA.
  17. jws6w7

    jws6w7 Initiate (196) Oct 30, 2014 Florida

    I had an Enjoy By 4.20 in early May and it had changed significantly compared to the one I had in early April. It was not nearly as good.
  18. BrettHead

    BrettHead Zealot (504) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Curious why your store didn't just sell them back to the distributor at cost.
  19. sittinggc

    sittinggc Aspirant (240) Mar 2, 2015 California

    I'm waiting my bottle of Enjoy After 10.31.15! Hope that turns out well!
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  20. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Zealot (539) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    They don't want it to last so you'll have to buy the next batch duh...
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