How long should I cellar the Barrel Aged Eclipse?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by TheThompsonator, Feb 7, 2013.

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  1. TheThompsonator

    TheThompsonator Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012

    I just got 2 of the Barrel Aged Eclipse from Fifty Fifty via trade. I got 1 of the Elijah Craig (12yr) and 1 of the Evan Williams.

    I've never had any of the barrel aged eclipse's before, and was curious as to whether I should cellar them or just drink them up now?
  2. jp7161

    jp7161 Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2011 California
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    Drink them now
  3. UCLABrewN84

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

    You have never had them, so drink them.
  4. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

  5. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,451) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    From a guy who loves to play around with cellaring: drink them. These beers are fantastic fresh & fade in a hurry. At the one year mark they're a shell of their former selves. I'm a big fan, but I've seldom seen a bigger beer fall off this fast.
  6. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I do enjoy the Eclipse beers fresh, don't get me wrong. But I recently (3 weeks ago) opened an Elijah 12-year from 2011 and it was awesome. Still tons of bourbon there. Nonetheless, OP, if you've never had them, DRINK. NOW.
  7. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,451) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Interesting, because I've held onto one of each & they've been less good across the board. Others in my (perhaps groupthink) tasting group have agreed.

    However, you are also 100% correct. If you haven't had anything, try it fresh first!
  8. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Could be; groupthink is an interesting phenomenon. In general, I agree with you though. I always prefer bourbon-forward beer fresh. No doubt. I just personally didn't think 1 year in the cellar hurt the Elijah 12-year that much.
  9. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (716) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I really only cellar if I have more than 1 of a specific beer. That way I can tell if it changes, for better, worse, etc. If you have only one, then I would very rarely cellar.
  10. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    First, all Eclipse are barrel-aged. Saying "Barrel-aged Eclipse" is redundant.

    Second, if you only have one, drink it. That's pretty much always the answer.
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