BB aged Imperial Stout w a "best by"?

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  1. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,451) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    If there was a committee on that, half the committee would end up breaking off, & we'd end up with dueling FAQs.

    This ongoing debate reminds me of Boehner vs. Pelosi when, as usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle. :p
     
  2. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    like people said, most BA stouts get worse with age. they were already aged by the brewery, and the barrel influence often fades with time. if the brewery is any good, they tasted and made sure it was time to take the beer out of the barrels. bottles won't improve beer more than barrels (besides for possibly carbonating it).

    e.g. i think abacus and parabola get worse. bourbon county might get better.
     
  3. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    I agree, I never quite know which beers to age. I have an idea for the most part but some guidelines on the bottle would be awesome.
     
  4. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,258) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Bottles of Abyss have got you trained well:)
     
  5. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (563) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado
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    I think it is key to pay attention to indicators like the OP found. A lot of brewers will age the beer for the consumer. A lot of times there will be a note saying: "better with age" or something to that effect. That tells you to set one or two aside. I know some beers are really rare and expensive, and you can't just buy two or three, but when we have the opportunity, I really enjoy drinking one fresh and letting the other one age, or doing vertical tastings on a beer each year. Very cool test.
     
  6. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (563) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado
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    True, it doesn't always explicitly tell you how long to age the beer. As a rule of thumb, more alcohol and hops certainly help (Unless you want a fresh hop experience like many ipa's and dipa's) and roasted or dark grains help a beer's stability over time as well. (Mostly from oxidizing.) I wouldn't trust a belgian triple to last half as long as any imperial stout.
     
  7. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (450) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    i'm going to agree with you based on actual experience.
     
  8. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Cool, that rule of thumb is kind of how I understood it. Thanks for the info! Cheers.
     
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