Best age to drink NC Old Stock at?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by bilboTbaggins, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Looking for some opinions here. 2 years? 3 years? 5 years? I have a four pack and want to know when they are going to start falling off.
  2. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,045) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    Between 2 and 4 years is where I always liked them.
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  3. jedwards

    jedwards Initiate (2) Feb 3, 2009 California

    4-5 years is the magic age for me. Older than that and they still taste good (I intend to age a few bottles for 2+ decades to see how the oxidation treats them) but the body does seem to thin out a bit. I've consumed probably a case of '08 so far this winter and it's been fantastic.
  4. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    We did a 2009+ vert a few months ago and wow, 2008, 2009 and 2010 were a thin mess....properly stored in a dark, 55F cellar.
  5. sweemzander

    sweemzander Poo-Bah (2,309) Mar 26, 2009 Illinois
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    This is definitely one of those things where personal taste comes into the picture.
    A few friends and I did a '07-'11 vertical I believe back in 2011/2012 and the consensus was varied. I really liked the '07 and '08, while my friends preferred the fresher vintages.

    My best suggestion is this if you have a four pack. Drink one now, drink another a year from now, and another a year from then, etc to see what stage you like the beer best at.
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  6. RStang13

    RStang13 Initiate (105) Jun 22, 2011 New Jersey
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    This '08 was awesome, far better than fresh IMO but this is the oldest I've had
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  7. bushbeer75

    bushbeer75 Crusader (730) Aug 23, 2006 Michigan

    As has been mentioned, cellaring and amount of time is a subjective thing as it deals usually with your personal taste. With that said, I see the biggest improvement [for me of course] at about 3-4-years. However, Old Stock 2006 [13.25 abv] is drinking GREAT now!!!!!
  8. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Has anyone noticed a difference between tap and bottle with this one? Had it on tap last night and it seemed to not live up to the bottle. Just curious for thoughts or experiences. Thanks for all the input thus far guys.
  9. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Good advice, I was in the process of that however i became curious when my friend bought a four pack of '11 and it tasted like white grapes almost, and had an acidic finish. Very little malts and seemed off from my pack of '11
  10. sweemzander

    sweemzander Poo-Bah (2,309) Mar 26, 2009 Illinois
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    Strange. Not that I am an expert on vintages of this beer by any means but your description definitely does not sound like what the '11 vintage was like. . . bad bottle(s)?
  11. shuntstout

    shuntstout Initiate (191) Apr 2, 2010 New Mexico
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    did a 2002 through 2010 in 2010 and in my opinion the older the better!!!
  12. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Just drank an '11' last night (Thanks Marty). Tasted pretty good to me.
  13. IAmJacksHopTongue

    IAmJacksHopTongue Initiate (192) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan
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    So, where does that put the 2009 Cellar Reserve Old Stock that I bought last month? Ready to drink?
  14. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Looks like most people are saying 4 to 5 years. So yeah, its probably pretty great right now. I had two 2011's from different cases, and they were drastically different. One was fantastic and the other seemed to be going bad, which i thought was unusual. However, i can't be certain they were both stored in ideal aging conditions. Luckily, yours was stored by NC themselves, so it should be about as ideal as it gets. I would be interested in you opinion on it when you do decide to open it.
  15. Plenum

    Plenum Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 New Jersey

    I had a 2002 vintage in 2009 or 2010, and it was still drinking just fine. I love this beer fresh, and I love this beer with some age on it. I can't wait to see how the 750s that were released last year are doing in a decade or so. It's going to take a mightly amount of willpower to not open the two cases in the cellar...

    This is a beer everyone who is cellaring and appreciates the style should buy at least one case of every year.
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  16. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (197) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    I'm sipping on a bottle from 2010 right now and it's doing great. Definitely could go another year but not sure if I'd let it go any more than that. Never had one older than this so I can't comment on anything older than my bottle, but don't be afraid to open 2010 bottles.
  17. Gyle41386

    Gyle41386 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2008 South Carolina

    I need to do this one of these days. Old Stock has always been an intriguing beer to me.
  18. Kreko7

    Kreko7 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 California

    I had an '07 the other day and it was fantastic! I say the longer the better
  19. templar316

    templar316 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2007 Pennsylvania

    2009 was great last summer! I keep buying more to age more.
  20. liquorpig

    liquorpig Zealot (595) Sep 6, 2008 Massachusetts

    Drinking a 2010 right now and I agree it's drinking pretty good. I have a couple more that I'll save for a couple of years.
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