The crown jewel of your cellar?

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

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  1. gklover1

    gklover1 Initiate (102) Oct 18, 2009 Colorado
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    Check this out...

    There is a writeup on 120 minute in there that is helpful. Of course, the only vintage they didn't have was my Batch 1...:slight_frown:

    Would love to have heard, but the results are still encouraging!
  2. JohnGalt1

    JohnGalt1 Poo-Bah (4,681) Aug 10, 2005 Idaho
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    Funny.... This is one of my cellar gems too. :grinning:

    BTW... Our high ABV tasting will likely be in December/January. The "Holy Grail" is sitting safely in the coldest part of my fridge.

    Thanks again amigo!!
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  3. MexicanSkittel

    MexicanSkittel Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2010 California

    Maple Triple
    Seared Pallet
    The Wanderer
    06 Abyss
    Batch 1 Parabola
    Gratitude (gorgeous packaging)
    Silva Stout (Love this beer)
  4. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    My "crown jewels" are probably some Verticals I have been saving up :

    BCBS 09-12 + Bramble
    Fullers Vintage 08-11
    Stone IRS 09-11 +Belgo
    Stone DB 2010+2011

    I hope to drink all these within the next few months though. It all just takes up too much space in the cellar fridge and is a lot of money just sitting around.
  5. gklover1

    gklover1 Initiate (102) Oct 18, 2009 Colorado
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    I bet we are the only two on BA. Also, I had a 3rd that I shared recently at a tasting. You have no idea what you are in for...D.E.L.I.S.H. (But SHHHHH!! Don't tell anyone!! :stuck_out_tongue:)
    None deserved. You TOTALLY hooked me up. Cheers, my friend!!
  6. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    sounds like the older with 120 the better. i need to get in on one of those tastings.
  7. vfgccp

    vfgccp Poo-Bah (2,641) Oct 28, 2010 New York
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    Founder Nemesis 2010, KBS 2011
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout '10, '11, '12
    JW Lees Harvest Ale '01, '02, '06, '08, '09
    Southern Tier Choklat 2011
    Stone Vertical Epic '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11
    The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens, 4 Calling Birds
  8. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,723) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    Fruit lambic should be comsumed fresh if you prefer the fruit component of the beer. If you are more into the lambic part, then let it fester for eternity...

    My crown jewel used to be a 1980's St. Sixtus Abt, which was from the time when Westvleteren had their beers contract brewed at St. Bernardus. We opened that thing about two weeks ago with Joe and it was stunningly delicious. Now my crown jewel is an empty bottle of 1980's St. Sixtus Abt bottle full of memories :slight_smile:

  9. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (352) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Agreed. 120 fresh is like drinking hot, sweet licorice syrup. Waaay too much. Three years minimum, and even then it's still hard to stomach.
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  10. eachnotesecure

    eachnotesecure Initiate (132) Feb 17, 2011 Ohio

    I wrote that post about the 120 vertical. The older it gets the darker it looks and even though the 04' was a higher ABV, like 20%, it was much smoother and easier to drink. Not sure I have the patience to cellar it for that long though, so I'm trading my 10-12 asap.
  11. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Do you have any vintage left? I'd love to trade for something that's already a couple years old.
  12. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    (Also, your vertical tasting sounds f---ing awesome.)
  13. PDXHops

    PDXHops Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I'm in the process of drinking down my cellar stash, so I don't have a ton of "jewels". I reckon a few bottles of 2008 Cherry Adam (first batch) are the ones I'm least likely to open unless it's to share with someone.
  14. cartoonshop

    cartoonshop Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2011 Rhode Island

    i have almost opened this about 10 times, but cant bring myself to do it.

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  15. arkansastroy

    arkansastroy Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Arkansas

    Westy 12. 2010, 11, and 12
    Founders CBS x2
    Silva Stout
    Thomas Hardy 2003
  16. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    That is damn fine beer. I also really dug the XX Bitch Creek, but the Double vision is my favorite by far.
  17. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (198) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Had a massive grab this weekend so I guess my new jewel is now Cantillon Saint Lamvinus.
  18. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Devotee (468) Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
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    2010 BA Decadence
  19. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    2002 West 12 or 2007 DL. KH and Depth Charge are up there but those are going to be drank sooner rather than later for sure.
  20. rolltide8425

    rolltide8425 Meyvn (1,176) Feb 18, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Just started cellaring in the last couple months but guess I'd have to go with Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-Aged No. 4 or 2010 BCBCS.
  21. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,492) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I drink most of the stash I've collected. But I'm sitting on my Eclipse Brandy Barrel, and the Elijah Craig 18 year. Maybe for Xmas I break them.
  22. odiedog52

    odiedog52 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2009 California

    A few would be a magnum of batch 23 Hair of the Dog Fred from the mid-90s.

    Or a Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueze from 2000.

    Other notables would be New Belgium La Folie Falling Rock 10th Anniversary and Deviation.
  23. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    Up until last night, it was 2009 BT.
    Now, it is currently the 6 or 7 bottles of KTG I have left, and dear god, now that it's retired, I have no idea when I will drink them or trade them.
    Other beers I have in there: 2010 Gratitude, 2010 and 2011 DL, Westy 12, 8, Blonde.
  24. mjw52

    mjw52 Initiate (153) Jul 14, 2010 New Jersey
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    My 2 bottles of King Henry, 08 Dark Lord, and 08 BCBS
  25. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Nothing too crazy. Tart of Darkness.
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  26. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    For all of you that are holding onto KtG, I would recommend drinking it fresh instead of aging it. I opened an '07 Kate earlier this year and it was quite possibly one of the worst beers I have ever had.
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  27. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    My crown jewel recently changed; it used to be my J&J Roze and Blauw set but I just picked up a 3 Fonteinen 99' Oude Gueuze from Bottleworks. It's been a BIG want of mine for quite awhile. I love living in Seattle.
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  28. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    Just starting to try to build up a cellar, so it is small but I'd say my 'crown jewel' is Hill Farmstead Mimosa. I drank one fresh and enjoyed it a lot. I'm saving this second one for a special occasion.
  29. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    2012 Bourbon Angel's Share and Bramble. Definitely not trading either one, though.
  30. stx00lax

    stx00lax Aspirant (225) Dec 27, 2009 Washington
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    a few to choose from, but my absolute favorite would have to be my '99 drie fonteinen geuze
  31. LiquidDegenerate

    LiquidDegenerate Aspirant (225) Nov 22, 2011 Florida
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    97 Triple Bock...period
  32. atone315

    atone315 Savant (933) Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin
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  33. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    GI BCBS '06-'12 vert
    GI Rare/Vanilla/Coffee/Bramble
    Bruery '09/10/11/12 Black Tuesday
    Great Divide '08-'11 Yeti (looking for '12)
    Ommegang Three Philosophers '09-12 (looking for 07 & 08)
    Samuel Adams 2004 and 2008 Chocolate Bock
    Samuel Adams Patriot Series
    FFF '07/08/10/11 Dark Lord
    My Barleywine collection!
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  34. strohme2

    strohme2 Champion (801) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    I just started a cellar about a year ago with limited space. My oldest and hard(est) to come by is a 07 Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Not sure when I would open it but have been toying with trading it.
  35. Ultraman9000

    Ultraman9000 Aspirant (245) Jul 22, 2008 California
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    If you've never had it, drink it. Never come across anything quite like it, but also passed along my second bottle to a local BA for his bday tasting. He was quite happy to finally try it, since those bottles can be hard to track down--I've benefited from some awesome MI traders :slight_smile:
  36. strohme2

    strohme2 Champion (801) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    It's my 2nd bottle. I found probably 6 sitting on a cooler shelf at Whole Foods 3 or 4 years ago. At the time I knew it was a hard to find bottle but not as rare as it is. Probably should've bought them all.
  37. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 California

    Beatification B3 or B4
    St Lamvinus 05
    Cable Car
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  38. bkrueger

    bkrueger Initiate (179) Sep 27, 2007 California
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    Littorai - Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley, 2003 Magnum
    Littorai - Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, 2004 Magnum
    Lynmar - Quail Hill, Russian River Valley, 2007 Magnum

    As far as beer goes, probably 3L's of Supplication, Consecration, and Temptation
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  39. UNCCTDawg

    UNCCTDawg Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina
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    King Henry
    Dark Lord 2009 - 2012
    BA Sexual Chocolate
    Black Tuesday 2011 & 2012
    BCBS 2009 - 2012
    Chocolate Rain
  40. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (738) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    King Henry
    Chocolate Rain
    2008 BCBS
    2009 BCBS Bomber
    1988 Thomas Hardy
    Vertical of BF from 1998 to 2012
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