August Cellar Reviews

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by PGHbeer77, Aug 5, 2012.

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  1. genuinedisciple

    genuinedisciple Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan

    Just had this at a recent tasting. I fully agree with this review. I just found a couple bottles, grabbed um', and they're drinking mighty fine. I also landed a couple bottles of the 30th anny imperial stout as well. Anyone know how that's drinking?
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,087) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    2009 Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout.

    Damn it pours nice; great head of foam with great retention and lots of lacing. The Bourbon still dominates the smell but in the taste, it's calmed down and I can taste some other goodies like chocolate and sweet malt. What a brew to sit back with and read BA. Marvelous!
  3. chicano4craft

    chicano4craft Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2009 Colorado

    I opened one last week and was amazed at how hoppy it still is. Not a bad thing at all. Best bottle so far.
  4. N3ptune

    N3ptune Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2012 Virginia

    Currently drinking an 07 DFH bueno. Something isn't right here.
  5. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    I drank a bottle earlier in the week and I am also seriously surprised at just how hoppy that 10' nemesis still is...Dang!
  6. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Devotee (414) Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    Drank Tart of Darkness 2011 and 2012 side by side. 2011 seemed to have a bit less "sour" characteristic, and a bit more of a roasted malt/chocolate taste.​
  7. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Had a GI Nightstalker from February 2011 a couple nights ago (thanks Otrejo!):

    A: Pours a very dark brown with some red highlights, with a light brown head.
    S: Sweet dark fruit, subtle chocolate, mild aging hop notes (apple, caramel).
    T: Smokey roasted malts, mildly fruity old hop notes, thick chocolate and raw herbal leaf. The bitter and sweet chocolate notes complement the old hoppy herbal element well, and the fruitiness comes out as it warms.
    M: Between medium and thick-bodied with slight carbonation.
    O: Aging has done this beer some good - it's tasting pretty great right now. Open a bottle if you have one.
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  8. Spaceloaf

    Spaceloaf Initiate (165) Nov 27, 2008 Oregon

    I'm curious, do you think that's from the aging or were there actually differences between the two batches? Because I just cracked opened a fresh 2012 one and I found it to be almost intolerably sour. In fact the sour was so strong it seemed to overpower everything else.

    I'm no stranger to sour beers (I live a couple minutes from Cascade Brewing) but I still found that I was not prepared for that level of sour. Given it's fairly high BA rating, I'm almost wondering if I just got a bad bottle or something.
  9. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    100% 1983 Dirty Horse. Absolutely gorgous. Full bodied with plenty of cherry flavors. Highly reccomended.

    Gargamel: Ugh... Man this beer is past it's prime. It tastes very different from the fresh bottles I have tried. This was a world class whale.... not so much any more.
  10. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Will open my first and only sometime this week, thanks to you. Looking forward to it!
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  11. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    I have a feeling this is more bottle variation than anything else. I've had both more than half-a-dozen times, and sometimes the batch 1 bottles are far more sour, sometimes the batch 2 bottles are far more roasty and stout-esque, if you will. And vice versa. Overall, I think I prefer batch 1, but both are similarly terrific.
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  12. Brez07

    Brez07 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    Agreed. Popped one last weekend. Aged wonderfully and loved that it still had a slight piney hop edge to it
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  13. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    As I read this thread I am missing my 4 cases of Cellar beers that are stuck in PA until mid-september until I can get them out to Chicago. Drink on fellow Cellar-ers!
  14. WorldWideStout

    WorldWideStout Disciple (307) Jan 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Tart of Darkness should not be getting less sour over time. I remember having the 2011 fairly fresh and it had a nice balance of malts and tartness.
  15. StaveHooks

    StaveHooks Meyvn (1,335) Nov 18, 2008 Oklahoma

    Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau 2010

    11.2oz Belgian style bottle.
    2010 Vintage

    A - A hard pour reveals a ruddy dark brown colored body with little to no head. A jumbo bubbled collar forms with small whisps of islands in the middle.

    S - Soured red figs, tart and sugary, cold sticky dates, Belgian candy syrup, brown sugar, sugary caramel, dirty cardboard sweetness. A tartness keeps coming up and envelops the fruity aroma mid drink, but the deep malt base overtakes everything in the end.

    T - Spicy caramel malts, dark bread fresh out of the oven, brown sugar, molasses, not as much fruit as the nose describes, somewhat fruity though, figs are the dominate fruit along side raisins, and dates. Oxidation is present in the form of dry caramel. There's grape and raisin flavor that melds together very well. Old and deep sugary malts. Strong spicy components really kick in middle to end, creating a dry finish to to a sugary malted base.

    M - Thick and viscous feel, (like a thickened prune juice), low carbonation with a small and tight stingy feel on the tongue.

    Very dense and caramelized flavors with a thick and sugary body. This drinks very elegant. The finish really shines due to the swift and spicy dryness. I haven't had this fresh but this is drinking excellent for the year. Lots of spicy malt laced with sugary fruit. I picture myself drinking this in a tux with a cuban cigar after dinner. Really glad I cracked this. I just wish I had another one to hold onto for a few more years.

    Serving type: bottle
  16. merc7186

    merc7186 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 New York

    Its not you...I recently did the Provisions release along with the 2012 Bruery release and found the original to be more balanced, less sour than the more recent versions too.
  17. M27

    M27 Aspirant (261) Sep 25, 2010 New Jersey

    2008 ten fidy still holding up nicely
  18. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Disciple (365) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Bought a mix a six from a local liquor store and discovered later one of the founders porters was from 2011. What an amazing surprise, it was really great! So smooth and chocolaty. I actually liked it better than fresh. Might go back and buy up the rest of them so I don't have to wait 2 years to cellar some.
  19. birchstick

    birchstick Poo-Bah (1,666) Sep 2, 2007 Colorado

    Had an '11 BCBS bottled 11/11/11. Not much of a deep cellar pull, but wow, I am going out on a limb and saying it is by far the best straight up BCBS I have ever had (having had all of the '07 - '12 vintages fresh & aged several times).
  20. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Initiate (143) Sep 11, 2012 California
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    recently drank an 09...blew the freshy completely out of the water. imo this improves drastically after 2-3 yrs.
  21. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    Today alone:

    2009 Deschutes Mirror Mirror (draft): Very nice. Fuck the bottle and the infection issues. Not on draft, no worries. Velvety and silky smooth with a nice subtle booze bite. The finish is still a bit sweet with heat, I would say this could go for another 2-3 years....

    2004 Rogue Old Crusty: Oxidized, grainy, still a bit of booze. A lot of the piney hop edge has drastically curbed but very present. Near undrinkable. Purchased at Bottleworks and stored at primetime conditions.

    2010 Boulder Killer Penguin: No oxidation here. This vintage is going stronger and cleaner than previous years(esp 2008). The carbonation was great and the appearance was beautiful. Lots of floaters here. Plenty of piney and citrus hop notes and bread coated with caramel. Doing good.

    2009 Moylans Old Blarney: Peak performance here. A nice grainy undertone with remnants of past its prime piney hops. Some old citrus hop notes. A bit of breadiness to it. No oxidation but thinning for sure. No major diacetyl or off flavors. Drink em now.
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  22. atypic

    atypic Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 North Carolina

    Nothing too exciting:

    Deschutes Black Butte XXIV - aged really nicely over a year, this one is ready to go.

    1 year old Alesmith Speedway Stout - this one improved significantly, and it was good already. It reminded us of a barrel aged coffee stout. With the price, I think this beer is one of the best cellar values.
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  23. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (258) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    Drank a 2011 Parabola last night. Absolutely flawless and perfect in every way. Amazing beer.
  24. HighWine

    HighWine Initiate (146) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois
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    Cigar City Big Sound (bourbon barrel) was awesome this weekend. Not hot but just sweet, yummy goodness. I had it side by side with Lost Abbey Angels Share. I was expecting to like the Angels Share a lot more but it wasn't even close. Big Sound was the best of the weekend (which also included CCB Imperial Sweet Stout aged in Cognac barrels).
  25. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,463) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    2010 Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout

    This beer is perfect with two years on it; that seems to be the sweet spot. With three years, it's just beginning to head over the hill, going from perfect to simply excellent. The roast has gained an edge of ash, & the barrel is beginning to tire a touch. Still better than 94% of barrel-aged stouts out there, but I'll keep it to two years on the beer from here on out.
  26. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    I hug the nuts of hotd hard
  27. kevwcamp

    kevwcamp Initiate (0) May 13, 2010 Washington
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    2011 Arctic Devil. The master disapproves. Drinkable but clearly oxidized, a shadow of its former self. It was properly cellared too. I don't know if it's bottle variation because it was my last one and it's probably been a year since I had this vintage, but I'm glad I didn't wait any longer.
  28. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    please save me one, please! :slight_frown:
  29. jokemon

    jokemon Disciple (314) Apr 3, 2007 Illinois
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    older BCBS > newer

    too chocolaty now, needs more booze!
  30. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (608) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    Had a 2012 BCBS last night that was amazing, definitely settled down a bit, but still hot. I'm fairly new to the craft beer scene and cellaring, this was the first beer I ever cellared when I picked up two four packs last fall. I have 4 bottles left, looking forward to this year's release to do a side by side comparison sometime.
  31. Aml42000

    Aml42000 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Washington

    I rearranged the cellar about a month ago & found some shelf stouts that I wasn't sure should have been cellared in the first place. So, moved them to my IPA fridge & have them in rotation to drink soon. Had the first over the weekend.

    Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout- 22 oz, drank over two nights sealed w/ a locking Champagne cap.

    Bottled 4-2-12

    Smelled like rich baker's chocolate. Very deep. This showed plenty of roasted character & had a creamy texture. A bit boozy, but easy to sip & enjoy. The finish lingered, any hops are obviously faded. A pleasant surprise that it held up so well.
  32. atypic

    atypic Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 North Carolina

    Couple more:

    Three year old Cascade Kriek - Still a delight. Definitely the cherry has faded some, so it's changed, but not for the worse. It was overall just as strong a beer as always.

    Two year old Bruery Melange No. 3 - Honestly this one seems just about the same as fresh, maybe a bit sweeter. It's still a phenomenon, just not a cellar transformation.
  33. garymuchow

    garymuchow Poo-Bah (2,779) Aug 31, 2001 Minnesota
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    SA Old Ben Ale 2010

    End of the month. I need to get an August review done before this month has passed me by.
    First off congrats to Michael Robinson who brewed a beer good enough to be brewed by a major player. Other than going professional, a homebrewers dream, I would think.
    Still holds a nice aroma. Sweet malty, a little sugary, faint perfume of alcohol. Only the faintest hints of any hops.
    Plenty of bubbles still that eventually leaves a fine thin layer of tan bubbles.
    Just getting a touch of aging, that, unfortunately leans more towards carboard than sherry like notes. Warm. More hops here. Still thick and kinda' chewy.
    Overall, still a good drinking old ale, however, it may age out before too long.
    "See" you all next month with another addition from the cellar. :slight_smile:
  34. errantnight

    errantnight Meyvn (1,070) Jul 7, 2005 Iowa
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    Stone Old Guardian 2011
    Blech. There've been a few years of this beer that have been good, and I'm a sucker for the brewery, but I'm about done with this beer. This sample is heavily oxidized (lots of wet paper) while still managing to be mind-bendingly harsh and bitter. It's basically oxidation then bitter. Oxidation, bitter. At least over time the bitterness becomes more predominate? A drinkable chore when fresh, this just isn't good anymore.

    Stone Belgo Old Guardian 2011
    Makes the regular version taste like sweet nectar from the gods. Drain poured.
  35. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Enjoying what I guess is a 2010 Oerbier right now. It's just amazing how this beer changes with some oxidation. The fusels that are present when it's younger somehow meld into barrel type vanilla and tannic flavors. Love this beer.
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