Bourbon County Cherry Rye

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by bluewolf17, Mar 5, 2013.


Bourbon County Cherry Rye

  1. Fresh

  2. Age

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  1. bluewolf17

    bluewolf17 Aspirant (220) Mar 3, 2013 Maryland
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    I was only able to snag one bottle of this puppy due to a very limited release in my area. I'm wondering, drink fresh or age? I know it's a difficult question since no one can give me feedback on an aged one but, if anyone has aged anything similar and can offer good advice, I'd certainly appreciate it!
  2. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    As many will echo after me, if you haven't had it fresh and you only have one, you should drink it fresh. What's the point of aging it if you don't have an origin to compare it to?
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  3. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    If you only have one why would you even consider aging it?

    It's drinking great now, no need to risk it and you gain nothing aging it with nothing to compare it against.
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  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    If you have never had it drink it fresh otherwise if you wait you'll have nothing to compare it to.
  5. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    Only reviews, but who gives a shit about what others have to say, right?
  6. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (201) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    I had this in early December and the cherry flavor was pretty subtle.
    Would not age.
  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Devotee (453) Apr 16, 2012 Illinois
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    It was quite sweet when first released, but I had it last week and it had toned down a bit. Definitely drinking great now so crack that puppy open.
  8. owen49

    owen49 Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2009 Ohio
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    I don't automatically buy the "drink it fresh because you'll have nothing to compare it to" argument. If you only have one, you'll have nothing to compare it to regardless:
    - If you drink it fresh, you'll have no idea how it ages.
    - If you drink it aged, you'll have no idea how it was fresh.

    My view is that I want to drink the beer when it's best, whether that means aged or fresh. If I have several bottles, sure I can try one fresh and then let some sit. But if I've only got one bottle (and no opportunity to buy more, as with Cherry Rye most likely), I want it best. As an extreme example, I've never had World Wide Stout, but I've got several sitting around getting older. I'm confident that I'll like it better with some age even though I've never had it fresh.

    I don't have a Cherry Rye, but if I did, I would not intentionally age it. The '12 regular BCBS that I have had have been great and I suspect the Cherry flavor that makes it distinct is only going to fade over time.

    The best answer for you is probably to find someone in a similar position and split the bottles, so you both have the chance to try one fresh and save one for later.
  9. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

  10. owen49

    owen49 Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2009 Ohio
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    Largely based on reviewers who have had WWS at various ages. My casual observation is that people almost universally say that it's better with age. I've also had a bunch of stouts that I enjoy more with age than fresh, at least partially because the alcohol doesn't seem as noticeable to me. Off the top of my head: KBS, Plead the 5th, and Dark Lord fit this bill.

    All tastes are different, obviously, but I'm pretty confident that I would not like WWS fresh.
  11. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    DL definitely fits the bill. It's interesting that you like KBS with age, but yeah, WWS is better with age, but would still recommend trying it fresh, so you know firsthand.
  12. owen49

    owen49 Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2009 Ohio
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    The KBS thing is odd to me, too, and is totally inconsistent with how much I've enjoyed fresh BCBS this year. Maybe when KBS '13 comes out, I'll do a side-to-side with older years. Maybe I just have a schizophrenic palate.
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  13. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (370) Jan 30, 2011 New York
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    What about Thomas Hardy's?
    First one I ever had was from the early 80s.
    I never even had a "fresh" one

    Do what you want. Its going to be awesome either way.
  14. Bildo

    Bildo Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Minnesota

    That is a tought choice esp if you only have one bottle. I had the beer on tap and it quite tart. A restruant was selling it for consumption at the location and split a bottle and I thought the cherry flavor was strong with strong bourbon flavor. Was able to get one in a trade and aging for a different flavor. i have aged the regular BCBS and they taste better for my palate aged. just my 2 cents.
  15. gzaIPArza

    gzaIPArza Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 Indiana

    Have you had Bramble? I tried Bramble and Cherry fresh, and have had Bramble aged. I found both to be medicinal when fresh. I thought that Bramble was much better after the 6 month phase, so maybe Cherry will age similarly?
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,114) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Drink it now.
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  17. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    I have landed 9 of these thru trade and have drank 4, I will drink the others within this next year. Its good right now, no reason to age.
  18. bluewolf17

    bluewolf17 Aspirant (220) Mar 3, 2013 Maryland
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    I actually had a Bramble fresh (and loved it). I'm usually not big on berries in my beer but this one was different. Fortunately, my girlfriend was with me when I walked into a store that limited the purchasing to one per customer so I made her grab a bottle as well. That one is just about a year old. I'm sure I'll be drinking it soon and I'm very curious how it compares.
  19. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (954) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Anything fruited I drink fresh. That's when it's at it's greatest intensity. But that is my preference because I don't care for balance (whatever that means).
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  20. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I say drink it when you're ready to drink it -- don't worry too much about "timing the market" so to speak. I had a Cherry Rye bottle a month ago that was simply perfect -- that doesn't mean it all must be drank, forthwith! I've got a King Henry, which I keep hearing is past its prime. That doesn't mean I needed to open it yesterday. My philosophy is that when it's time to open that big whale -- I'll know it. At that point I'll get the most out of it because of my mindset -- not because it's at some allegedly ideal state. And it seems very unlikely that a delicious beer is going to turn into ass because I drank it too late or too early.

    That being said, I'm hanging onto my 2012 Expedition Stout & Westy 12 because I've been told it's the right thing to do. I've had both fresh and neither was eminently memorable. I'm hoping through some magical process that years down the road, they will become amazing. But I have my doubts.
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  21. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    its drinking fantastic right now. cherry flavor is more pronounced since the first bottle i had in december imo
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  22. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    The ratings and opinions on here are that Cherry Rye is drinking amazing now. Either you are chancing it that it can get marginally or better or you can see the future. If you can see the future can you help me bet on some ponies?
  23. owen49

    owen49 Initiate (149) Jun 13, 2009 Ohio
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    I'm not suggesting that this person age Cherry Rye - did you mean to respond to someone else? My two points in this thread have been:
    1) Many people will reflexively respond to this question by saying "drink it fresh if you haven't had it before", regardless of the beer. I don't agree with that as a universal statement.

    2) For Cherry Rye, I've not tried it (nor do I have a bottle), but I would not intentionally age it.
  24. bluewolf17

    bluewolf17 Aspirant (220) Mar 3, 2013 Maryland
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    For everybody (or at least the majority of you) who recommended drinking it fresh, I thank you. I just popped it and it is phenomenal. I think I even like it better than the BC Coffee. You can taste the cherry just enough to know its there, but not enough to be overwhelmed. I'm on the drink it fresh bandwagon.

    Foobula- I highly enjoyed reading your response. I completely agree that mindset plays a huge part in how much you enjoy the beer. I'm stuck inside during this snowstorm (that I believe came through you first) and cracking it open today just seemed too fitting.
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  25. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    We got about 9" yesterday which was our biggest snowfall of the year. (We've been fairly lucky this winter.) Glad you're happy with your decision. Cheers!
  26. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

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