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Matured hopslam

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by brewtus, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. brewtus

    brewtus Dec 29, 2012 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I'm trying to decide weather or not to keep an extra 6 pack of
    Hopslam handy but I was wondering how well it holds up. needless to say fresh is better for a IIPA and I know the the higher than average abv will help keep it but how well does it taste after say 4 months or so? Is it worth it or should I just drink it all up or save some for summer?
  2. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    It doesn't. I find it disgusting with age on it. The fresher the better for me.
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  3. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Jul 22, 2010 Tajikistan
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    I expect nothing good will every come out of aging Hopslam.

    I'm wondering though, what ever happened to that guy (don't recall BA name, think he was from Pennsylvania) who had bought a case in (I think) 2010 and was planning on reporting back every six months (so 12 years). The reports that he did (I think only through 1.5 years, maybe 2 years) were that it was getting progressively worse. I like the way he was conducting it though - very controlled cellaring environment, with bi-annual updates. Anyways, I don't think there's been another update since the forum change a year ago.
  4. RC0032

    RC0032 Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Funny I was just reading (note I haven't tried) Binny's did a blind taste of this years vs last and only 20% of the people could tell the difference.
  5. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    If you don't drink it within a day or two of bottling it goes completely off the cliff. Drainpour IMHO
  6. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    This has been discussed at least six times recently.
  7. commis

    commis Jul 21, 2009 Massachusetts

    Yeah. This has been documented repeatedly with every release. Don't do it. Just go buy a barleywine and drink the Slam fresh.
  8. YoDude

    YoDude Nov 21, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    The hops and honey flavors will not be around more than 6 months. Drink and enjoy now.
  9. vrbulldog22

    vrbulldog22 Sep 5, 2010 Ohio
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    1 year old tastes like a buttery cardboard cracker with a hint of hop hidden in the finish.
  10. mocktm

    mocktm Jan 3, 2011 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    I recently traded for a 4 year vert just for shits and giggles. Will report back after I pop them.
  11. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Jan 4, 2009 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    What did you trade for it, out of curiosity? I think any Hopslam over 6 months old is pretty much garbage, but it would be good to know the trade value of it, at least.
  12. mocktm

    mocktm Jan 3, 2011 Virginia
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    1 Hardywood Sidamo for 2 from each year (8 total). We shall see how it turns out.
  13. travMI13

    travMI13 Jan 7, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    At a year old, it's awful. At two years, it's drinkable again, but still not what I would call good. It's almost braggot-esque. All you can taste is the sweetness from the honey.
  14. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I don't get any honey after a year, but I do like the beer it evolves into, like a barleywine almost.
  15. RC0032

    RC0032 Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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  16. Goosey

    Goosey Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    I guess after a year it would just be Slam right? Get it???
  17. ThirstyBehr

    ThirstyBehr Jan 19, 2012 Maryland

    DIPA= better fresh in my experience
  18. Icarus

    Icarus Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I had accidentally left a bottle of 2012 Hopslam in the back of my fridge last "Hopslam season", I found it this last summer and decided to hang onto it until it had a year on it. Well I got my fresh 6 er of Hopslam last night and did a blind taste test with the fresh and the year old one.

    First thing is the smell, it's an absolute give away as the fresh 'slam' has all the strong aroma it should while the year old one was very flat smelling with not a lot going on. The taste of the 2 are night and day of course (the fresh being superior), although I really thought the year old one would be one drink and then I would want to spit it out (I didn't). It was very malty and bready with no hops, no honey, the warm alcohol had died down in it as well. It was almost like a malt forward, bready lower alcohol tasting IPA.

    That's what I got out of mine anyway, I wouldn't want to leave one in the fridge again anytime soon.
  19. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    As with most to all IPAs, the hoppiness dies over time. I have had fresh Hopslam and shelved Hopslam and will say the fresher the better. Kind of a no-brainer... if you're gonna spend the $$ on this stuff..drink fresh!!
  20. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    I think if you're not gonna drink it fresh, you should age it much, much longer than this summer. My only basis for saying that is that Bigfoot & Celebration are kinda clumsy with only a little time on them, but after several years, many people really like what they transition into.

    I have single bottle of Hopslam in one of my fridges that is 3 years old. Who knows when I'll crack it open.
  21. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Matured = OLD.

    Drink hoppy beer fresh!
  22. sugeknight6289

    sugeknight6289 Dec 3, 2010 Pennsylvania

    This freshness joke is really getting old.
  23. martin123012

    martin123012 Aug 10, 2010 New Jersey

    Def drink fresh. Had a week old n year old. N like night and day
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