October 2018 Cellar Reviews

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  1. kemoarps

    kemoarps Meyvn (1,280) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    Surprised to see there's no October thread up yet. Hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes by starting it.

    Saturdays in the cellar once again as I finish up a stretch at work and now can look forward to a nice two weeks off.

    I'm certain I've had Cherry Adam From the Wood before. But evidently I didn't bother to review it or write anything down about it. Also I decided to cellar a bottle, even though cherry's are not the most reliable flavour to last. I do have my notes about the base Adam to compare it to.
    Bottle from 2015, clearly before I had even the limited knowledge set I am currently working with regarding aging/cellaring beers.

    Mostly flat muddy dark reddish brown pour... Working in medicine the first thing this hue makes me think of is old old old blood in bodily fluids, but most people would probably take that descriptor as a negative. It's not intended as such. Flat. No head to speak of.

    Nose is sweet with leather and tobacco and spicy barrel, but mellow. Richer than my notes suggest I got from the base Adam.

    Notes of mellowed barrel spice as well as some boozy figs and tobacco and chocolate. An oozingly decadent sweet note is the legacy of cherry... it doesn't taste like straight up cherry any more but you can tell that the cherry is the antecedent for the current manifestation.

    Sticky thick and coating with a surprising little carbonation presence that almost has the same feel as like piquant spice (but is clearly carbonation not heat).

    This has held up remarkably well, and is still a fantastically delicious beer. Cheers!

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  2. Superheatnsubcool

    Superheatnsubcool Aspirant (296) May 31, 2016 Washington

    2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
    Bottled 06OCT17, 14.4% abv
    Tasted 06OCT18.

    Pours an opaque shade of dark brown with ruby hues on the edges. Doesn’t produce much head, and it quickly disappears and doesn’t leave any lacing.

    Smells primarily of rum soaked cake with raisins. The background aroma comes off a little medicinal, reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. Hints of fusel alcohols apparent.

    Taste follows the nose, but is pretty mellow and integrated. As I continue to solo the bottle, it gets to be a bit much. The cherry cough syrup flavor makes itself more prominent.

    Mouthfeel is fairly viscous, with medium-low carbonation. Overall, I probably won’t be buying this again. I haven’t tasted it fresh for comparison, but I’d be more content having Mother of All Storms or Fremont Brew 2000.
     
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  3. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Defender (652) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    Weyerhaeuser Blithering Idiot 2013 Vintage

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    12oz bottle into Tulip
    Bottled on 1/3/13 close to six years old
    Pours a garnet color with thin tan head that fizzles out
    Rich aroma of Caramel and fruit pudding
    The taste is a chock load of dark fruit, with some plum coming in, definitely has some sweet caramel brown sugar as well, the finish is smooth with some booziness
    The feel is slightly thin, but held up nicely, along with a below average carbonation, pretty smooth too for 11.1%
    Overall I am over the moon with this one, while I obviously would like to have tried it fresh, it is awesome with age on it
     
  4. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Defender (652) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine 2016 Vintage
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    16.9oz bottle into Tulip
    Bottled on 10/19/16 basically two years old
    It Appears a dark black with dark tan head, but is closer to brown when held up at the light
    Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, bourbon
    The taste is caramelized brown sugar, subtle leather, even more subtle heat, with smooth vanilla bourbon finish
    The feel is thick and smooth, no alcohol burn
    Overall I can't ask for a better BBA barleywine, smooth tasty, not much more to say
     
  5. argock

    argock Poo-Bah (2,847) Dec 30, 2006 Virginia

    2010 Brooklyn Monster Ale
    Last one of these — one of the first beers I bought to start cellaring!

    Murky amber-brown with decent ring of head persisting and rare random dots of lacing.

    Aroma is not too inviting — bland with a little plum and fig and hint of newspaper.

    Flavor is a different story with a blast of sweet fig/date, lightly phenolic, and finished with toffee and nougat and light cherry chocolate note in the finish.

    Mouthfeel is reasonably substantial, not as full bodied as fresh but still respectable with low-medium carbonation.

    2010 Brooklyn Monster Ale seems to finally be on the fade. Glad I gave it (cellaring) a try and it will always hold a special place.
     
  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,217) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I guess I will add this here as well as in WBAYDN. It's aboot 3 years old now.







    Brewed September 9th 2015, bottled October 13th 2015. No decoding required.

    Wheat malt, wheat yeast? This should be interesting.

    It pours black with a pretty big head of tannish foam..nah, it's tan. Good lacing. Once things settle down, there's just a ring of foam around the glass.

    That smell! Roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, some coffee..3 years old. The years must have been very kind; never had this fresh so I pretty much don't know what I'm talking aboot.

    The taste reflects the smell with no hidden surprises. Roasted malt rules the roost with bitter dark chocolate following closely behind. Some coffee, enough for you to know that it's there. Semi sweet/bitter overall and a real treat.

    Medium bodied with light carbonation...there wasn't a sound when I popped the cap.
     
  7. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,911) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    2013 Sierra Nevada Narwhal. Cellared at the correct temp since 2013. A nice full head on the pour. Nose is chocolate, coffee, and beautiful roasted notes. Taste is super smooth. This has really mellowed out. Lots of black licorice, molasses, dark fruit, toffee, fudge, tree sap, and more chocolate. This is so creamy and full bodied it's amazing. This beer has aged incredibly over 5 years. I would definitely say that I prefer it with age. The 2018 6 packs just came out and I will be grabbing at least one to cellar. Amazing beer.

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  8. kemoarps

    kemoarps Meyvn (1,280) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    Narwhal is one of those that I try and grab a pack every year for just that purpose. Sometimes I end up doubling up because I can't remember if I already grabbed one for this year or not, ha!
     
  9. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,911) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12. This is now almost 6 years old. Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with very little head. Nose is cinnamon, ginger, clove, black licorice, and dark chocolate. Really nice. Smells like Christmas! Taste is much like the nose. Definitely picking up the clove right away, with the ginger and cinnamon still very up front. The taste is still fantastic, and better than fresh IMO. The most amazing part of this beer is the incredibly thick and creamy mouthfeel. This is such a great beer. I have one more in the cellar, but I think I'll wait another year or two for that one. Cheers!

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  10. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Meyvn (1,187) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Avery Pump[KY]n batch 2 bottled November of 2015 (so just shy of 3 years of age on it) consumed 10/11/18

    Pours a barleywine-type murky maroon/brown with lighter, almost clear see-through, edges. a little bit of head that disappears quickly but leaves a thin foam ring around the outsides. (4.25)

    Smell is nice pumpkin & autumn spices with the slightest bit of bourbon. very pleasing on a cool October evening. One of the highlights of this pour for me. (4.50)

    Taste is a nice and balanced blend of pumpkin pie and bourbon. Flavors are a little subdued but with only six months in the barrel there wasn’t a ton of bourbon to begin with. Oxidation could play some part in fading pumpkin & spice flavors but it’s not to the point of falling apart. this beer could have easily sat in my fridge for another year or 2. (4.25)

    Feel is surprisingly thick and very smooth. This is labeled as a Pumpkin Porter and judging from the ABV you could easily add “Imperial” to that label as well. The Porter base gives this some substance as far as mouthfeel goes, which i very much enjoy. This was the other highlight of this pour for me. (4.50)

    Overall, very impressed with how this has aged. i had the 2016 version on draft fresh and still have a bottle of 2016 that should hold up well until next autumn. Interesting to note too that the 2015 bottle is by far the weakest ABV at an even 15% with all other vintages clocking in around 17-19%. (4.50 for a combined rating of 4.39)
     
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  11. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Defender (652) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    Boulevard Rye on Rye on Rye bottled in November of 2016
    (Was only able to take picture at the end of bottle)
    I had this a year ago but didn't review it, so here is my review from today.
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    .750ml bottle into Tulip
    BB 11/11/18 sitting in the cellar for about a year and a half
    Pours a deep brown, almost reddish brown with a nice sized head for a barrel-aged beer
    Apricot fruit leather aroma, oak, vanilla, rye, some alcohol
    Warming spicy rye, fruit leather, brown sugar, oaky with a boozy finish
    Medium bodied, average carbonation, a sipper but not too thick, heat has been takes by age
    Overall this is a great beer, but different than other Barrel-aged beers as the rye barrels accentuate the rye base beer as opposed to adding a new dimension
     
  12. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,911) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Papier, the 2009 anniversary ale from the Bruery. This is now 9 years old. Poured from fridge temp. Pours a murky brown with almost no head. Nose is nuts, figs, port/sherry, caramel, and raisins. Reminds me of an aged English barleywine. Taste is also along those lines. Nice and sweet, with a bitter backbone. Huge toffee notes, bourbon, figs, raisins, fudge, and candy. Definitely getting an odd bitterness and some oxidation. It's probably past its prime, but still tasting great. Mouthfeel is robust.

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  13. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,911) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    2014 Trader Joe's Vintage Ale, brewed by Unibroue (one of my favorites). Pours a dark brown with an immense amount of tan head (despite conservative pour. Nose is incredibly similar to Unibrou's Trois Pistoles, which is probably similarly brewed. Spice, roasted malts, caramel, figs, raisins on the nose. Taste is incredibly smooth and mildly sweet. Tons of figs, raisins, plums, toffee, molasses, and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and robust. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer and super cheap! Has aged very well.

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  14. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Devotee (412) Aug 22, 2013 Louisiana

    Oh man sad to hear this is on the downtrend. I’m on my last bottle as well. Hopefully it will be brewed again someday.
     
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  15. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (492) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    I don't know if it's appropriate to post this here but a local watering hole, The Wine Spot, had a Bell's Expedition Stout vertical tasting for four years. The pours were very generous and the tasting was more well attended than expected, but still well within the supply. I did it going backward and, quite honestly, the current version tasted quite nice, with a very rich bitter chocolate taste on top of the malts that was almost perfect. But in each successive year the bitterness faded and dark fruit flavors came forward and the chocolate deepened with no signs of oxidation or off flavors. By the time the 2015 was done I was ready for 2014; guess it's up to me to eventually answer that.
     
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  16. youradhere

    youradhere Zealot (516) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    There are a few local places here that do the same thing and I think it’s just an awesome treat to be able to drink several years off kegs. My favorite is when they do Deschutes Reserve series like Abyss or Dissident :slight_smile:
     
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  17. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Meyvn (1,187) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    i’ve gotten lucky twice on this type of scenario with Abraxas kegs. so much fun to try 3-4 different years in one sitting and the kegs hold up so much better than the bottles.
     
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  18. argock

    argock Poo-Bah (2,847) Dec 30, 2006 Virginia

    2011 North Coast Old Stock Ale 12 oz bottle

    Murky brown at first. I let it settle for about an hour and a half as it came right out of the fridge and it is not a velvety looking deep brown that I can read through. Nearly still.

    Aroma is heavy with toffee and some vinous notes. Maybe a mild hint of soy sauce. There are some strong prune > date notes as well.

    Flavor is stellar with big toffee component up front fading to more date and fig, especially mid-palate. Finish has some sherry aspects to it, very vinous beer overall.

    Mouthfeel is silky with very low carbonation but the finish is a little chalky.

    Overall this beer has been a cellaring gem. I need to replenish this one yearly for sure as it really turns out some delicious flavors with time, very vinous with good balancing sweetness and bitterness.
     
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  19. not2quick

    not2quick Disciple (346) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    Sorry if this review is not very descriptive but I figured I would post it anyway. I had a Bourbon County Cherry Rye on Saturday night. It was from an original owner and it was very good. Had that typical early Bourbon County mouthfeel and surprisingly was not flooded with dark fruit. I typically avoid fruited Stouts and was very surprised this held up so well. Subtle Cherry and the bourbon profile was perfect and the mouthfeel was spectacular. Solid overall beer that is holding up well.
     
  20. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,217) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Howdy all!

    I pulled this from my dwindling cellar.

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    As you can see, the look is so inviting.

    Molasses is prevalent, dark chocolate, I could swear that there's a mild hint of coffee. Minimal oxidation that I would have trouble describing; beginning of a Port like flavour?

    The body is thick and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it's there.

    At the 8 year old stage, this edition of The Abyss surpassed my wildest expectations; my cellaring expertise..oh who am I kidding. I reckon that I got lucky. :wink:

    Prost!
     
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  21. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,894) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Great review, thanks! For my money, Abyss is one of my top 10 aged beers ever, so I don't think it's just luck...I'm going to have to pull one our of my dwindling supply soon.
     
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  22. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,894) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Founder KBS 2011
    Pulled a bunch of random singles out of my cellar for consumption & this one bobbed to the surface first. Always bought a four pack each year & this one just kind of hung around, & suddenly it's old. I know the feeling.

    Slight hiss on opening, but very close to zero carbonation. As expected, coffee is gone - not green pepper, or faint, but completely MIA. Barrel is just a whisper of an aftertaste, & what's left is a surprisingly spry stout. Nice heft, sweet malts, touch of chocolate, very dry. If someone handed me this & told me it was Founders Imperial Stout, I'd accept that.

    Unrecognizable from the fresh version, but I'm impressed how well the base has held up. An interesting experiment.
     
  23. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,911) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    It's always interesting!
     
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  24. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,217) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Great!
    Btw, l forgot to mention the lack of barrel in The Abyss. Thanks for mentioning that.
     
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  25. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Aspirant (265) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

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    Pulled from the cellar at just over 24 months old. Pure perfection! Brandy is just noticeable enough to not be lost in the roast of this big beer. Slight oxidation present, complementing the dark fruits from the malt. Mouthfeel is superb, coating the tongue in velvety goodness. I wouldn't hold this beer any longer or the brandy might get lost completely.

    Cheers!
     
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  26. liquorpig

    liquorpig Zealot (597) Sep 6, 2008 Massachusetts

    2012 Avery Rumpkin. Dark brown appearance with little head and effervescence. Great flavor of pumpkin, spices, caramel and toffee. Surprised the alcohol hasn't mellowed out too much. Still quite boozy. I've got another one that I think I'll sit on for another several years.
     
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  27. liquorpig

    liquorpig Zealot (597) Sep 6, 2008 Massachusetts

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    2012 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot - Pours a nice mahogany appearance with 1" head that dissipates slowly. Nice smooth mouth feel. Dry fruit with a little candied sugar flavor and a little carbonation. Great finish. I've got 3 more which I'll hold off for the next year and subsequent years.
     
  28. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (492) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    I've got one from the same batch I'll be enjoying in the next month or so. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  29. argock

    argock Poo-Bah (2,847) Dec 30, 2006 Virginia

    Mine have generally been stored at stable but warmer temp than many people’s cellar (60-65F) so if yours are stored cooler they may be doing fine. CKA
     
  30. argock

    argock Poo-Bah (2,847) Dec 30, 2006 Virginia

    2011 Duckrabbit Rabid Duck
    Notched 3 and 11 on the label - old school

    A: opaque dark dark brown with quickly dissipating beige head with no lacing

    S: prune, red grape, and molasses along with black coffee, some woodiness, and medium caramel

    T: flavor is a little more heavy-handed in the licorice-molasses Dept with some hard roast/ash on the finish along with more grapy flavors and strong bitterness with a hint of herbal grassiness

    M: smooth with low carbonation and a full body

    O: I think the molasses/licorice is over the line for me butnif you like it, this is a good time to crack these. Typical solid craftsmanship from DuckRabbit
     
  31. darktronica

    darktronica Poo-Bah (1,851) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    2014 Irish Walker barleywine from Olde Hickory:

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    I bought a case of the 2015 release, but I only had a few bottles of 2014, and this is my last one. Thankfully, it's actually ageing much better than the 2015 has, based on my experience. I've experienced a lot of oxidation issues from Olde Hickory across their lineup, which worries me with respect to my last bottle of Omega Point, and this bottle is par for the course. However, it's showing itself in a different way than the 2015 Irish Walkers have; the expected orange gumdrops and wet paper towels are somewhat muted, with a lot more creme de menthe and floral hop character still coming through to balance out the sweeter caramel and raisin notes. I'm really enjoying this.
     
  32. youradhere

    youradhere Zealot (516) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    2015 Deschutes Dissident Oude Bruin

    Pours murky copper with a thin beige head; smells of sour lacto cherries, sweet caramel, mild rum-like alcohol; tastes of sour cherries, smooth alcohol, faint milk-chocolate; mouthfeel is medium, smooth, very drinkable and clean; overall very nice- the mouthfeel is beginning to lighten and the flavors are developing nicely.
     
  33. youradhere

    youradhere Zealot (516) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    2014 Deschutes Abyss Russian imperial stout

    Pours matte black with dark brown head that lingers, leaves behind chunky lacing. Smells of faint bourbon, bitter chocolate, with the comforting coffee of burnt molasses, coffee liqueur; tastes of sweet Turkish coffee with cream, heavy bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and coats the tongue with the flavors- very decadent.
     
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