How long do you tend to cellar your favorite stout?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by imduffman, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    I've been aging beer for about 3 years now and tend to open things after 6 months to a year. It's amazing how much thing can change in a matter of months. Stone ris was the first that i pulled out a bottle every 3 months for a year. I found i enjoyed the 3 month mark more than the others. what were your thoughts and favorites?
     
  2. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois

    I am really fond of BCBS with 10-12 months on it. With that said, I absolutely love it fresh too!
     
  3. 71gto

    71gto Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2009 Illinois
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    I opened a bottle of '07 BCBS last winter and have to say it was aged too much. I also had a bottle of speedway stout that was aged about 3 years and like it fresh better. KBS seems to taste fantastic regardless.

    Not a stout, but Gnarleywine with a few years on it is amazing.
     
  4. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois

    Wasn't the '07 a twist off? I've heard lots of problems with that year. Not that it changes your opinion but I had an '06 a few months back and it was delicious.
     
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,910) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I have had multiple bombers of 2009 BCBS that have held up extremely well over time and still taste great. Unfortunately, 2010 Abyss (which I thought was amazing when it came out) seems to be going downhill with every bottle that I have opened since its release.
     
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  6. hellomisterp

    hellomisterp Initiate (143) May 10, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    90% of them I don't let go past 2 years.
     
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  7. EricCioe

    EricCioe Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 Montana

    A year or more with Expedition. Haven't had one old enough to be bad yet.
     
  8. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    creme brulee is spot on at 6-8 months. i always cellar one for new years
     
  9. 71gto

    71gto Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2009 Illinois
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    Did not even think to check that. Used a bottle opener before I tried.
     
  10. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    BCBS - somewhere around 3-4 years. 2008 is drinking better than Rare right now, but I don't think it's getting any better. Then again 2011 was incredible fresh, so it may depend on this one.

    KBS - somewhere between 6 and 18 months, once this beer hits 2 years it oxidizes and falls apart. After 6 months or so the coffee fades and incredible vanilla and dark chocolate notes push through the bourbon.
     
  11. coffygrinder

    coffygrinder Aspirant (277) Nov 18, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I usually have one to many and just open them with friends that want to try them.
     
  12. ypsifly

    ypsifly Savant (997) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    Expedition Stout gets really good at the three year mark. I haven't been able to keep it longer than that but I want to say the '97 vintage took the gold for Aged Beer at the 2011 GABF.
     
  13. KazzakusPrime

    KazzakusPrime Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013

    I've been cellaring ST's Creme Brulee since October 2012. I find it phenomenal fresh - how'd you like it after 6-8 months?
     
  14. Gosox8787

    Gosox8787 Meyvn (1,047) Jan 24, 2009 New Hampshire

    Everything pre 09 BCS was twist offs I believe. I had some 08 about a year ago and it was excellent. Definitely cannot imagine it getting much better than it was then.
     
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