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Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by jbravato, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. jbravato

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    I have a BCBCS that I got in a trade and I'm wondering if I should cellar it or trade it. I already had one bottle and it was amazing. How well does it stand up to time, i know coffee fades so I was interested in getting some opinions.
     
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    People will tell you drink it now, but I have one aging for the sake of science.
     
  3. jaIsPoAn

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    Coffee will still be there in a year or two
     
  4. zrab11

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    Drink it now or cellar it for a year.. I've done both and both ways are great.. Some coffee is lost with a year but not enough to not still taste amazing!
     
  5. pmoney

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    I drank a 2010, 2011, and 2012 on Saturday. 2011 was incredible - definitely my favorite of the three. 2010 was still great and there was still some coffee.
     
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    Was it just an extra? Can't understand why you'd trade for it and then come here to ask whether to trade it away.
     
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    Someone's gotta keep FedEx in business.
     
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  8. pmoney

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    Don't worry about FedEx. They actually mentioned me in their last quarterly report. I accounted for 21% of their profits.
     
  9. jbravato

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    I received two in a trade and drank one, so I was wondering what I should do with the other.
     
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    Drink it now or trade it. Coffee will fade very quickly. In fact, the 2012 BCBCS I had a few weeks ago had already lost a considerable amount of coffee flavor.
     
  11. pmoney

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    From my experience on Saturday, the coffee had not completely faded even after 2.5 years. It was definitely less-pronounced in the 2010, but it was still there. And the 2011 was the overwhelming favorite among most of us.
     
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    As I've said before, posts on this site convince me that many people can't tell the difference between coffee and roasted malts in a stout. Either that or there was a shit ton more coffee starting out in previous versions of BCBCS.
     
  13. 4DAloveofSTOUT

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    If it was amazing...drink it! Why trade it away if it was an enjoyable beer in your opinion?

    I have drank BCBCS fresh and aged. Its way better fresh. That is how it is recommended to be drank by J. Laffler who brewed it(saw this on a youtube video of laffler talking about 2012 BCBCS). When its aged for a long time it eventually turns into a beer that is very similiar to regular BCBS. It also has a stale coffee stage that it goes through that is not all that great in my opinion.
     
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    I absolutely know the difference, and yes there is a shitton of coffee when it's fresh.
     
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    I don't know how I missed that info in the original post, but if you already had a bottle and it was "amazing" why on earth wouldn't you want to drink the second bottle?
     
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    Doesn't make sense to age a coffee version of BCBS. The coffee is going to die down. Drink it fresh and age regular BCBS if you want. But like all things, do what you really want since it's your beer. Just my $.02
     
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