Avery Uncle Jacob's

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  1. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,984) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I just got my hands on a 2014 bottle - never had it before.

    The question is: drink it or cellar it? Any thoughts?
     
  2. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Nevada

    Do you like a hotter, more alcohol forward beer like, say, World Wide stout fresh? If you do, drink it now. If you like the flavors to meld a bit more, than a year will suffice.
     
  3. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,055) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    drink it
     
  4. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (8,178) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Haven't had it, so my opinion is probably bunk, but I believe you should try a beer fresh first before cellaring it, or you have no frame of reference in comparison of the fresh vs aged versions.
     
  5. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Drink it.
    Why cellar a beer you've never had before?
     
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  6. Gruber221

    Gruber221 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I absolutely love this beer, in my opinion I would Drink it fresh. I have had it Fresh @ 6 Months @ 1 Year and it really doesn't mellow out to much over time. It is what it is a very flavorful yet boozy high alcohol Stout. Enjoy!!!!
     
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  7. TomTown

    TomTown Aspirant (275) Feb 7, 2011 Texas

    Although I do agree with the idea that it's good to generally drink a beer fresh before cellaring it to have a good frame of reference to compare the aged version, I will say that Uncle Jacob's is a little rough around the edges fresh.

    Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing beer! Just another mention that it does come across pretty boozy but, in the best way.
     
  8. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    The 'drink it now if you haven't had it before' mentality seems to be the golden law around here - but I'd like to play Devil'sAdvocate.com, if you will...

    The man (presumably a man) has one bottle. Not several. He wants to make the most of it. He's not cellaring a handful, so why all the shouts of 'YOU'RE CRAZY! YOU'LL HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO!'

    ... he won't be comparing it to anything anyway, he's just got the one bottle.

    If I had one chance to try one amazing beer that ages really well, I'd like someday to be able to say, 'BeerX? Yeah, I had one that was 2 years old and it was amazing!' - rather than 'BeerX? I've had it fresh and it was good, but I've heard it's much better with a couple years on it.'
     
  9. alexipa

    alexipa Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado

    The 2014, to me, has been less boozy than years past. I say drink it... it's fantastic fresh.
     
  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,468) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    2014 is way less boozy than previous batches, also batch 1 seems to be falling off pretty fast. drink it now.
     
  11. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,870) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    But the reality is that 99.9% of beers are better fresh, why gamble?
     
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  12. gshak

    gshak Zealot (529) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    I've had the 2013 version of this beer fresh, and rated it a 5. It reminded me so much of Firestone Walker 14 in its prime - probably the finest beer ever made. So drink up, you won't regret it.
     
  13. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (350) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    I'd drink it now, it's a really great sipper.

    You'll see it again, if you died before trying it, then that'd really be the shame.
     
  14. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (588) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota

    That's where you're wrong...once he has one, he'll have to get another!
     
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  15. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Drink half of it.
    put the other half in the cellar for 5 years
     
  16. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    That's absolutely NOT true for many stouts.
     
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  17. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I know it's off topic, but on the idea of 'fresh vs. age': Has anyone had the 2013 World Wide Stout? Advice about drinking this right away?
     
  18. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,870) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    It's subjective of course but I've only found one or two stouts that I thought actually improved. Some held up ok but very few actually tasted better with aging. Cellaring is almost a fool's errand in my opinion.
     
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  19. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (623) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Drink or hold, either way you will enjoy it
     
  20. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Agreed that it's a subjective thing. I can only go by experience with a few of my stouts. I tried a KBS fresh and then tried the next out of my 4-pack, 9 months later and it was significantly smoother and more flavorful. And I'm sure it doesn't apply to every stout. Maybe just the barrel aged ones?
     
  21. imscotty

    imscotty Aspirant (227) Mar 23, 2007 Massachusetts

    57MD, There is a way out of this dilemma. I also have a bottle of Uncle Jacobs put away. I am cellaring mine for now. Uncle Jacobs will be on tap at this year's Extreme Beer Fest in less than one month. I will figure out after I taste it there how to proceed.
     
  22. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,753) Mar 18, 2010 California
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  23. DarthGuitarHero

    DarthGuitarHero Devotee (408) Jan 15, 2011 Minnesota

    If you want to see what happens when it ages and have a reference point, the best thing to do is cellar the one you have and to trust that you will be able to get another (fresh) bottle in the future. At that time, crack open both the fresh and the aged and enjoy.

    The first time I had BCBS, I had a fresh 2011 and an aged 2008 side-by-side. It was amazing to experience it fresh at the same time as discovering what a few years on it will do.
     
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  24. gshak

    gshak Zealot (529) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    I recall someone doing a vertical and stating that each batch is its own different beast, and having said that, concluded that the 2013 was good to go fresh. Take it for what it's worth...Good luck!
     
  25. MarcWP

    MarcWP Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Arizona

    This a sweet imperial stout. Maybe a bit too sweet for me. I'd say drink it. it's not a Bourbon County so given it's low availability try it that way you won't waste your time trying to acquire more if you find it sweet as well.
     
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  26. fritts211

    fritts211 Initiate (164) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee

    If you don't drink this now, you'll never be able to drink this beer now again.

    You may still be able to drink one in the future though.
     
  27. Donco

    Donco Devotee (470) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Good advice!
     
  28. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (434) Dec 12, 2009 California

    Drink it... Then buy another or don't!
     
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