Founders Imperial Stout with One Year On It

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Porkhustle, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Just picked up a 4-pack of last year’s Founders Imperial Stout (New Beer in LES NYC…loads of old stouts, sours, Belgians on the shelves there), as I patiently await this year’s to arrive. In the past I’ve always drank this fresh, and I’m not overly into cellaring beers if I like them when I try them fresh. That said, I really don’t need 8 bottles of this stuff, as my stock at home is borderline out of control.

    My question, at last, is does this beer generally get better, or do you prefer it fresh?

    I realize I’ll find out myself this weekend when I have one, but thought I would get a consensus, which I cannot readily get from the reviews
  2. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (577) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    I think it does generally get bet with time but at the store you got it from they probably had it below 40 degrees which will slow the aging process generally aging best occurs between 50-60 degrees depending on type of beer
    but with that being said I still have some of last years I am eagerly awaiting to try as I feel the chocolate will definetly come out more i just had a older FBS and it was excellent
  3. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Actually this store very much has the light and temps of a home cellar. Dark as night with a mild to cool room feel. The bottles were slightly cool to the touch. Thanks man
  4. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    FIS with 8-12 months on it is fantastic.
  5. ASUBeer

    ASUBeer Disciple (305) Nov 4, 2011 North Carolina
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    Founders IS with 1+ year on it is my favorite non barrel aged stout.
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  6. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    I had 2 of last year's in the last couple of months: 1 was divine, and the next one was not so great (although the mouthfeel is always awesome).
  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    In the past, I aged a bottle after having it fresh. It does age very well in my opinion, but I prefer this beer fresh.
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  8. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Fresh, the coffee roast makes the beer elite. Still pretty tasty aged.
  9. LOCAL

    LOCAL Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    Did a side by side the other day with a fresh one and a year old bottle. While great fresh, the year old was smoother with a bigger chocolate profile and had a much creamier mouthfeel.
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  10. jdprmd

    jdprmd Aspirant (252) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri
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    Aged is way better in my opinion... big rich chocolate and subtle dark fruit notes develop taste wise... and as LOCAL said a much creamier mouthfeel.
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  11. wolfeman007

    wolfeman007 Aspirant (244) Aug 26, 2007 North Carolina

    I agree 100%...did this last week and the 11 was very smooth and had a fuller mouthfeel. So much so that I took the other 3 2012s and put them in the back of the cellar and pulled the 11s upfront :slight_smile:
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  12. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,276) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Founders Imperial Stout with One Year On It--- IS AWESOME!

    I prefer FIS with a year on it. I am not crazy about it fresh. Thats when it time to drink that beer. Wish that I would have bought some last year so that i could be drinking some year old FIS right now!
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  13. wolfeman007

    wolfeman007 Aspirant (244) Aug 26, 2007 North Carolina

    this thread inspired me to go grab another 4 pack of 2012 at my local shop to put away..while there and talking to beer man about how good it is with a year on it...we went back and grabbed me a 4 of 2011..SCORE!
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  14. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (215) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Want to age a 4pk as well...question, I know it says "keep refrigerated," which will just mostly put a halt to the aging process, but my "cellar" is just my basement and it really doesn't get into that 50-60 sweet spot range, more like 60-70, that ok? I know not perfect. Thanks...sorry to piggyback on the thread.
  15. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,686) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I have 3 bottles stashed away but I think I might pick up another 4-pack next week solely because of this thread.

    Also, I'm interested to see if there are any answers to Drew26's question- I pretty much have the same conditions for my beer hoard (I wouldn't call it a cellar yet).
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  16. DStoked

    DStoked Aspirant (257) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
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    It will be fine. I've found no ill effects with anything at or below room temperature.
  17. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (215) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Great thanks. That's what I figured and I have found the same thing with other beers, just wanted to double-check with the FIS. It's awesome fresh, but always gotta find out what a year or two will do to a beer. :slight_smile:
  18. wolfeman007

    wolfeman007 Aspirant (244) Aug 26, 2007 North Carolina

    My "cellar" is the cabinets above the fridge in my stays 65ish up there year round..not ideal but I have had good results with the couple of things I have aged for a year or two. I figure the fact that its a bit warm means I probably shouldn't leave things up there for much long than 2yrs. Thoughts?
  19. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,686) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I have no real experience cellaring but I imagine that warmer temps mean it'll age a bit faster than lower temps. So 1-2 year verticals would probably be as far as you want to go depending on the beer in question.. since we're talking about FIS, my uneducated guess would be 2-3 years max, rather than 4-5 like you could with some of the bigger ones like BCBS.
  20. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    Just drank a 11 and 12. We all had the 11 first and all agreed you could drink that one pretty regularly. The 12 was really roasted and powerful. It was way better aged
  21. Jacobob10

    Jacobob10 Poo-Bah (1,558) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Opened up a bottle last night dated 12/2/2014, exactly one year on it. I was not a huge fan of this beer fresh when I tried it for the first time back in January, so I threw one bottle in the cellar (basement) to age. The heavy burnt malt and booze flavors that I didn't enjoy the first time around really mellowed out. The chocolate, vanilla, and port were more pronounced. I thought it really improved with a year on it, the aroma was especially enjoyable. Really wish I had set aside another bottle or two.
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  22. bgold86

    bgold86 Crusader (745) Apr 1, 2015 New York
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    Def fantastic with age, sadly New Neer is not the place you want to buy vintage beer from, in the summer there is no air conditioning, in the winter there is no heat...
  23. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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    I won't say that it gets better with age necessarily, but it is definitely a good one to age. The bitterness tones itself down a bit and the mouthfeel becomes thicker and creamier if properly cellared.
  24. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    I found a dusty 12' bottle in my parent's basement when I was home a few weeks ago. Will drink soon and post results.
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