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The crown jewel of your cellar?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by SeaOfShells, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Cascade77

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    A 12oz hand bottle of (the original!) Heady Topper from back when the brewpub was still open. Just waiting for the right time to open this beauty.
     
  2. drgonzo2k2

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    Mine would be one of these:

    3 - Firestone Walker Anniversary Verticals 10 - 15 (but soon to be 16)
    5 - Firestone Walker Parabola Verticals (10, 11, 12)
    2 - Deschutes They Abyss Verticals
     
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  3. RDMII

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    I know a guy who has at least two bottles of each year going back to 1986, and after 1999 he's got a case of each. It's truly an epic sight to see, and Bigfoot never really gets me too excited. I guess it's the sheer number and hoarding skills that makes it awesome.
     
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    :eek:
     
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  5. RandomBattle

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    BT '09 (and subsequently, '10, '11, and soon '12)
    Rare(s)
    Samiclaus '07
    WWS '07

    And my favorites:

    Piapt Vertical: everything so far, including BA ones.
     
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  6. s1ckboy

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    Black Note & Bourbon Dark Lord. Don't think they'll be in there much longer.
     
  7. theCoder

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    Boy...I consumed my Kate the Great so
    08, 09, 11 BCBS
    11 Bramble BCBS and BCBCS
    2 X Deschuttes XXI

    Oldest that I'm proud of and I think i'll consume it this year since I'm finally over crazy cellaring as mentioned above, I could get hit by a bus and never try some of these delicious beers:
    2005 Solstice d'hiver
     
  8. SeaOfShells

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    Well said.
     
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  9. FreshmanPour77

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    Rare
    2008 Imp stout Trooper
    08-11 Darkness with a 2012 addition soon!
    11 BT

    Most of the beers I plan to share with my wife since she puts up with my hobby but for sure the darkness vertical I plan to crack open next year for my birthday with some friends.
     
  10. TheBishopco

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    I'd have to go with my Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady. It was the first beer that made me go "wow!" it's what started my passion for craft beer. I still have two left, and I am going to crack one open around Thanksgiving. I just hope I am not disappointed by it. It's probably not as great as I remember it being, and I have since tried many other wonderful stouts. I'm sure my palate has changed a lot in the 18 months since I last had it.
     
  11. dc55110

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    Complete set of the Michelob Celebrate Series
    [​IMG]
     
  12. xnicknj

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    right now its probably:

    brandy vanilla DL 11
    BT 10
    splinter blue

    all three will probably be opened soon.
     
  13. Stinger80OH

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    Pliny, BBQ, 3F Oude Geuze
     
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    Armand 4s
    Papier
    All my Cantillon
     
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    While it's not the rarest/most limited thing in my cellar mine would be the Chocolate Rain my fiance got me as an engagement gift. I'll be opening it on my 5 or 10 year wedding anniversary.
     
  16. soultrain19

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    2007 Allagash Interlude ('08 & '09 as well). Love that beer. Would have conitnued the vertical but Allagash stopped distributing to Texas. Ya heard that Rob! Talkin to ya.
     
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  17. Morey

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    I drank a 2004 over the summer, and it was AMAZING! Completely different beer.
     
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    2007 Double Dick-Waver Imperial Stout
     
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    A bottle of Dark Lord that predates the Release Party
    2003 Thomas Hardy
     
  20. SeaOfShells

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    I have no idea what that is, but I need it.
     
  21. stxSS07

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    Heyheyhey...I already made a dick joke.
     
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    50/50 Elijah Craig 12yr from last year.
     
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    2011 PVW DL
    2012 BBA DL

    Drank my last 2008 BCBS recently and it was awesome.
     
  24. Soonami

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    [​IMG]
    Probably these 2 :)
     
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  25. Skuter

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    Mine would have to be the 2 x BA Partridge in a Pear Tree.
     
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  26. Pittsky

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    rare & bourbon huna..waiting till March, my 30th bday to crack the rare...
     
  27. pearljam118

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    Pliny?? Read the bottle bro
     
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  28. UCLABrewN84

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    How did you get this?
     
  29. UCLABrewN84

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    I had the cherry one a while back. Quite something.
     
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  30. ParchedNeedBeer

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    2009 Grand Teton Double Vision Doppelbock
    All my Cantillons
    2 years of all 50/50 Eclipses

    And Lastly, 2008 Avery Ale to the Chief - I'll pop this bad boy next month when Romney wins.
     
  31. JohnGalt1

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    Got 2x in trade from tai4ji2x when he was in the US. Many of the bottles reviewed here on BA came from him.
     
  32. koopa

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    Just found out it might not be the only one left. I got mine from a former brewer at Deschutes who said the magnums were never released commercially and that he only got 2 because he was brewing for Deschutes at the time. One he drank and the other he hooked me up with. I believe I probably assumed he was the ONLY brewer who got 2 but it seems that isn't the case.
     
  33. jtmartino

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    They have one at the brewery. In fact, I believe there is at least one bottle of every beer they've ever made (in particular the special beers.)

    They also keep cases of older vintages of their reserve series. I'd love to get my hands on some of that...

    I have a vertical of Deschutes Abyss from 2007. Just need the '06 to make it complete. I also have a few 2008 Dissidents that I value simply because it's an awesome beer. I'm cracking one at Thanksgiving in a Dissident vertical.
     
  34. SeaOfShells

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    What will you open if Obama wins?
    Also, this reminded me that I still have a Rumpkin from last year.
     
  35. LE_FEESH

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    Foothills Baltic Porter. Not the rarest or best I have, but it was the first beer in my cellar and I absolutely love that stuff.
     
  36. mocktm

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    Definitely my BCBVS; I absolutely love vanilla flavored stouts, so I'm really looking forward to cracking this baby.

    Until a couple nights ago, I might have said my first batch Bitches Brew, which was absolutely delicious.
     
  37. jedwards

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    They did make a few of these, though not very many. One was sold in a charity auction a couple years ago (along with a magnum of Double Bale Quail... quite sad I missed out on that).

    As for myself...

    [​IMG]
     
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  38. Keffa

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    My VE 04/04/04.
     
  39. pearljam118

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    It is such a brilliant marketing piece to date the year on the label. It increases the people buying more to age for verticals, if anything. My example, SN Bigfoot and Stone Vertical Epic. Both are good but it seems like every other person has a few of these in their cellar.
     
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