If get your hands on a single hard-to-get-beer, do you drink it or age it?

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If get your hands on a single hard-to-get-beer, do you drink it or age it?

  1. I drink it -- maybe I can decide if it's worth buying more of in the future.

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  2. I cellar it... it'll only get better.

    58 vote(s)
  3. I don't bother getting a beer if I can't get more than one bottle/can of it.

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  1. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I got mine at a market in Madison, WI. Not sure which state they distribute to is closest. Really wish they'd ship here.
  2. SquidLizard

    SquidLizard Initiate (0) May 21, 2015 Louisiana

    If it's already got some significant age on it, I will likely drink it. If it's super hard to get, or already seriously aged, I might wait for a suitable special occasion, but still...pretty much drinking it as soon as I can. That being said, I just got some North coast Old Stock 2013, and while I am drinking a few of them, most of them I'm hoping to forget about for a year or two at least.
  3. MattXT

    MattXT Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Virginia

    I have the first three you listed in my cellar. I can also say that a 2010 Abyss, consumed in 2013, was the single best beer I've ever had. I drink the hops right away and am fine having dark stuff fresh, aged, and preferably both.
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  4. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,850) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    I purchased a 4 pack of 2015 Bigfoot and drank one cellared the rest. I rarely get top tier brews like that in my area (in the boonies in the woods) so if I find it I drink it, if I can manage to get a few I age some and if it's a bomber I share it.
  5. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia

    Beer is not an investment, so drink it. They'll always make more of it.
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  6. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,686) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Depends on the beer and the style. Usually I'll at least save it for a tasting or special occasion if possible.
  7. Nachojon

    Nachojon Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2011 Oregon

    IPAs and hop bombs are top of the list for me so usually aging isn't an option. With other beers that's why I try to get minimum 2...
  8. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If I've never had the beer before, I prefer to try it fresh. The only time I probably wouldn't is if the general consensus seems to be that it gets better with age.
  9. marct13

    marct13 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2015 Pennsylvania

    If I could only get one I'd definitely drink it. What's the point of aging if you don't know how the aging changes it? Or maybe you don't even like it as is and you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. I have a buddy that does that. He has a couple decent bottles, but if you ask him what anything tastes like it's always: "Oh I'm not sure. I haven't tried it yet because I wanna try and hold onto it." My question is; for what? My cellar is Death Row, not a life sentence. Bottles may sit for a while, but their time will come. There's also nothing down there that I haven't had fresh. Beer is meant to be enjoyed, not looked it.
  10. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (794) Feb 25, 2015 Montana

    lol drink the XXVI but save The Abyss
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  11. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (794) Feb 25, 2015 Montana

    just had a '11 Abyss a couple months ago and also agree it was the best beer I've had
  12. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Abyss is an easy to find beer in Deschutes' distribution areas, right? If so, I may drink the one I have now and then pick up another to age 3-5 years (if I could wait that long).
  13. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2006 California

    Drink it, for sure. I want to taste it in its original form.
  14. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Is Abyss easy to find within Deschutes' distribution? If so, I won't wait to drink it.
  15. DaverCS

    DaverCS Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    If it is really special, I will save it for a special occasion (age it). However, if it stares at me long enough, I'm gonna have to drink it!
  16. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (5,665) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    My thinking is to drink it.

    In practice I sometimes end up aging it.

    Ideally, I get two of them, age one and have the other fresh. However, I have bought a number of brews (for example, Allagash sours) that I know will age well, thrown them in the cellar, and then before you know it a couple years have passed and I haven't tried them yet. It's not intentional, but it does happen.

    If I trade for or seek out a specific brew, though, you'd better believe I'm cracking that at the very next appropriate occasion I can figure - even if that occasion is just splitting it with a buddy on a Tuesday.
  17. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Ugh I wanted to just break laws and open the Abyss tonight but I don't want to if it's even semi-hard to find on shelves.
  18. sukwonee

    sukwonee Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Washington

    It's easy enough. I was able to find 2 bottles this year without trying.
  19. AWA

    AWA Disciple (320) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I always age them until I have a good reason to drink them. You know, like a nice weekend or something.
  20. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I find that waking up is a good reason to drink.

    Good to hear.. I may just go ahead and open it then. Maybe even tonight if my plans fall through.
  21. Erikberglund

    Erikberglund Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2015 California

    You always age Abyss for two years or more same with Black Butte.
  22. fureousangel

    fureousangel Initiate (0) May 19, 2012 California

    Drink that shit. There is always another great beer.
  23. HopSavant

    HopSavant Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2014 Tennessee

    Sometimes I will refer to the reviews on a specific brew--if a lot of reviews mention it being hot, I'll probably let it tame for a couple of months.

    The Abyss isn't extraordinarily difficult to obtain, but it does have a higher price point.
  24. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,171) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    The 2 that you had fresh before (WWS and Saturn) I would age to see how they would taste differently from your fresh tasting of them. New beers tried for your first time should be drank fresh.

    I posted similar question a few months back and what I said was the recommendation. I stopped sitting on some never tried sours and big stouts (a Wicked Weed sour and several Big stouts) and went ahead and drank 'em. I decided to cellar a few St. Bernardus's, Orvals etc. that I've had before and can acquire easy just to see what they will taste like with a year+ on them.
  25. sludgegnome

    sludgegnome Disciple (314) Mar 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Well said!
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  26. StartedwithSAM

    StartedwithSAM Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2015 Virginia

    YOLO lol
  27. PuckIt

    PuckIt Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I answered your poll before I read your post - I typically try to get two of whatever beer has a best after date...that way i can drink one now, and then again after the suggested date.

    If there is no best-after date, I try to typically drink asap unless it's something really special, in which case i'll wait until the right time with a few good friends.
  28. darktronica

    darktronica Poo-Bah (2,561) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    The extent of my "cellaring" is that for certain breweries who make similar anniversary beers, I like to age one for a year and then do a side-by-side comparison when the next anniversary comes around... a tiny vertical, I guess. Of course, for some breweries, I could do that more easily and cheaply at their taproom (e.g., Bruery), and for others, I end up missing out on securing a bottle the next year (Monkish Apophatic, I'm looking at you). But I only do that with anniversary beers, not with limited seasonals or other once-a-year releases.

    That's largely due to space considerations. My cellar, in a one-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica, is a couple of boxes in my closet. I'm moving to Indiana this summer, though, so I've stocked up a few bottles of The Abyss, Mirror Mirror, and BA Sucre variants to bring with me for the glory of an unfinished basement.
  29. Pahn

    Pahn Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    If i can only get 1, i drink it, i don't intentionally age it. Without exception.
  30. BryanReed

    BryanReed Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2015 Idaho

    As far as the Abyss goes, I drank the first one I got, warm. Room temp. And it was delicious. To me, no need to age it unless you're curious how it changes. I did, however, stumble across 3 more bottles of it without looking. Drank two, threw one in the cooler for a special occasion. I also picked up 2 Sucaba and a Parabola this year. Sucaba is gone. :grinning: Parabola is also gonna be held for a special occasion. Got my first niece due to pop out in september, so I'll throw those down with my brother then. IF I can wait that long. We'll see....
  31. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,572) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    If the brew is over 10 percent I feel no rush to break into it. Barley wines and the such. That said, IF you have not had the pleasure of Abyss might I suggest you end the torture and ENJOY it ASAP. Deschutes is world class and not to be missed.
  32. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,572) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    I didn't see Weyerbacher's Tiny in your reviews.....as a humble stout lover (along with the little lady) might we suggest finding one if you can.
  33. Jmorey

    Jmorey Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    I haven't seen any in the Lansing area since it came out at the end of Jan.
  34. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    There's no part of NJ that there isn't a solid shop within 15 minutes. Even sussex county has good shops.
  35. RWACKO

    RWACKO Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2011 New York

    I cellar it and wait to share it
  36. Sir_Whats-his-face

    Sir_Whats-his-face Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2015 Oregon

    Depends on where you are. Here in Oregon, both The Abyss and the Black Butte XXVI are super easy to find, though for what it's worth, all the stores around me ran out of the Abyss a little bit ago, while one of the supermarkets near me still has a sizable amount of the Black Butte left.
  37. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (924) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan

    Drink that 'ish!!!
  38. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I thought Deschutes didn't distribute here...?

    Thanks for all the posts everyone. Quite the dilemma..
  39. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poo-Bah (2,057) Dec 15, 2012 California

    Used to have a cellar, not anymore, I drink as I acquire.
  40. Jmorey

    Jmorey Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    They do. My local Meijer has the regular offerings, fresh squeezed, mirror pond, black butte, obsidian, etc. they even had abyss when it came out (ours has a good beer buyer). I know I can even get the reg. beers at the rite aid down the street. Local bottle shops got the mirror mirror, not the stoic, black butte xxvi, Jubel 15, etc. they all went fast but they all show up.
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