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Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by rmank, Jul 26, 2013.
My biggest fear when it comes to beer.
I've been drinking 1 year old FBS, and had a fresh on tap last night. it tasted like a completely different beer. as others have said, fresh FBS was a fresh coffee bomb, aged is much more chocolately and sweet. both are great.
Everyone's tastes are different. You may think it's garbage, but that's your opinion. Clearly others don't agree with you.
I just picked up a case. I will drink it in less than a year and I am sure I will still love it.
Yea, I guess my tastes are the same as Founders brewers. What ev! Just because its a stout doesn't mean age it. If someone aged a Bells Two hearted, it wouldn't be right. I see it on the same line. What makes that beer special is the coffee and chocolate. When you age it, all of that disappears. So you are drinking something that's not what it's meant to be.
I agree with everyone that says it's better aged. Found a couple '12 on the shelves last month and drank one side by side with a '13. While both were frahking delicious, the '12 was smoother, creamier and in my opinion a little more delicious. But of course both are better than the majority of coffee/chocolate stouts out there.
Throw a bottle in the fridge and forget about it for a year :-)
I disagree. The coffee does fade, depending on the bottle, but the chocolate doesn't seem to as much. It's still a great beer with time on it, not what it was, but neither is anything with any time on it. And why wouldn't it be right to age a Two Hearted? Is there a law you know about that we don't? 'Right' is again your opinion.
I first had mine with a year on it. Loved it. Fresh...loved it more. That's not to say I'm not going to age 8 bottles...
How bout this question -- should it really be kept refrigerated? Saw this on the case and said...damn, did I buy to much?? Should I keep all them in the fridge if I plan on aging just a year? My first experience at it was kept in the closet and was delish. No, I didn't answer my own question!
Maybe your bottles are different than mine. But mine don't show an exp date. They show a bottled date.
Where are you getting an "exp date" for Founders Breakfast Stout?
I agree. I bought at least a case of FBS last year and I just had a few of them recently. Good problems!
I prefer it fresh over aged. I have aged FBS up to 1 1/2 years and it does seem to be a little "thinner" and lose a little of the coffee flavor....still good though.
Definitely better with some age, just don't go too crazy 6 months to a year seems to be the sweet spot with this.
Drank mine a couple weeks ago that was aged exactly a year, no refrigerator time except for about a day and it was amazing. Like some have said, coffee dropped a little but chocolates emerged even more. Very, very good.
i strongly prefer fresh. had a vert and honestly the two most recent years were voted the best at the tasting by us all
I had a 2010 recently and found the coffee to be more present, overall the beer had a thinner body, too...Loved it.