Really Old Brown Dog

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by afterexile, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. afterexile

    afterexile Initiate (25) Nov 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Hey all
    I picked up a case of this great beer from Smutty. On the case it read " Brewed for 2018 but when I opened the case the bottles read best before 6/2018. With a beer of this strength should I be concerned ? If it was just a six pack I wouldn't even ask , It's just that I purchased a whole case. Thanks for any feedback.
  2. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (713) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    Haven’t tried it yet, up there on my want list, but usually big dark beers age pretty well for the first few years.
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  3. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,257) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    That beer is an old ale @11.1% abv, so it should be good for several years, ideally if it is cellared around 50-55 degrees. It seems strange to use a best-by 6/18 date on it.
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  4. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,213) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    OP, are you sure it's not a bottled on date, rather than a best by date? This would make more sense with the ' Brewed for 2018' statement, too.
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  5. jkblr

    jkblr Meyvn (1,347) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I don't know how to link a review, but mine is off a 2+ year old bottle and it's still on the front page. The date printed in yellow or white ink on the bottle is a bottle date not a best before on their high ABV beers, unless they've changed. We stopped getting their beer in southern Indiana a year ago.
  6. bret717

    bret717 Meyvn (1,015) Dec 8, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I just had one the other day that was bottled in December 2014 and it tasted great. Assuming yours was actually bottled in 2018 and not best by 2018, it should be good for a long time to come. And even if it really is best by 2018, it should still be good unless it’s been stored poorly.
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  7. RobNewton

    RobNewton Zealot (571) Dec 30, 2014 New York
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    Nope. Drink one now, enjoy the rest over a long time.
  8. CuriosityandtheCats

    CuriosityandtheCats Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2018 Colorado

    I'd just store them till the winter, them run through them as I desired.

    After 15 years of cellaring I've discovered I don't really enjoy aging most beers.
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  9. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (131) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    I big brown ale...I wouldn't worry much. I would be stunned if you came back to say that they weren't in the range of your otherwise expectations
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  10. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,303) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Last Fall I posted a cellar review of a 2010 bottle that was about 7 years old, and still drinking very good. For details see here:
  11. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (272) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Old Brown Dog will probably still be drinkable in 3018.
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  12. dlcarst

    dlcarst Initiate (88) Aug 21, 2015 Illinois

    I got a bunch of 2012 in 2014. Finally drank my last one a couple months ago. In my opinion fresh-3 years is peak, but it was still very enjoyable at 6 years old. I'd make sure you know when it was brewed. I've heard Smutty releases aged beer from time to time.
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