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Vertical tasting order

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by scootny, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. scootny

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    So I have several verticals of different kinds and I am looking to have a vertical tasting party. I have always believed that you start with the oldest and work to the youngest. Anyone with a reason to work the other way? Thanks.
     
  2. Idris

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    I usually do the opposite. I drink the youngest to establish a baseline, and see which flavors intensify, degrade, or evolve with age.
     
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  3. scootny

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    What do you think in the case of Stone, with a different formulation each year?
     
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    In a situation like the Stone Vertical Epic series, where the beer is a different recipe each year, I don't know that order matters. Drink it in any order you deem fit. I usually follow the youngest to oldest order only in beers that (as far as I know) do not have recipe changes.
     
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    Different recipes are called horizontals 'round here.
     
  6. JonnyBeers

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    Have a few coming up and would generally think youngest-oldest is best so you can actually see what happens to the beer (assuming it's the same brew each yr)
     
  7. NotACommunist

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    I like to taste the newest as a base, then work from the oldest to newest.
     
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    Then why is the stone called vertical epic?

    I think you made a mistake there.
     
  9. tewaris

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    I think they made a mistake here.
     
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    I went to a vertical of Abyss recently at a bar (it was awesome, heard from a buddy who knew the bar's manager as it wasn't an advertised thing so no body was there). They had Abyss '10, '11, '12 and I went youngest to oldest. However with Abyss this made '10 that much better which still drinks the same it did young just a little less hot, '11 IMO by far the worst it was like black licorice and '12 although much better and along the lines of '10 was much hotter. I guess around '11 according to the rep who was there too they had a brewer change so they were tweaking the recipe, sorta like their XXII which was never released (but awesome if you can try it)
     
  11. drtth

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    How about, "both made a mistake here."

    Vertical: Different years of the same beer from the same brewery looking for the effects of different years/ages.

    Horizontal: Beers from the same year but different breweries to help emphaize/recognize the effects of different brewers/breweries on the same style.
     
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    I think I'm gonna coin a new term here and call this a Diagonal tasting. Different years of different recipies of beers.
     
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    I thought a horizontal was variants of a particular brew from a single brewery. For example, the GI BCBS series (Rare, Cherry, Coffee, Bramble)
     
  14. Jose2412

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    That's what I have always called a horizontal. Just variations on the same beer.
     
  15. drtth

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    Yes, it can be that as well.
     
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    We did a vertical of Darkness 2007-2011 about two Christmas' ago and we had glass ware for each year so we went at our own pace and tried in any order we wanted to and compare years if wanted to. It worked out pretty well IMO!!
     
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