What is the most rewarding aged shelf beer?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by districtcraft, Jul 12, 2013.

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  1. districtcraft

    districtcraft Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 District of Columbia

    I read a post about a 2004 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot that was really great and it got me thinking about this...

    What is the most interesting/fun/rewarding beer you can buy year-round that you "laid down" (stood up?) for a long while? Did you taste it next to the current year's?
     
  2. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    3F Oude Geuze.
     
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  3. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    2008 DFH 120 which was opened 2 months ago. Absolutely fantastic.
     
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  4. GreysonDaniels

    GreysonDaniels Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2012 North Carolina

    Not sure how the other people interpret shelf beer.

    Bells Expedition
     
  5. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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    Agree with Expedition. Brooklyn Black Chocolate needs a year minimum.

    And I catch flak for this, but BCBS fresh (<2 months) was hot and too strong too me. Fast forward to 3-4 month range...damn near perfection.
     
  6. iJyuken

    iJyuken Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2013 New Jersey
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    Brooklyn Monster. I have a few 07's left and they are drinking amazing.
     
  7. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    NC Old Stock for sure. Stone IRS and HotD Adam are good options as well.
     
  8. jersson

    jersson Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 Virginia

    i agree, had one on 4th of july
     
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  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,005) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Having trouble thinking of a non seasonal shelf turd that I would age. Wait... GI Sofie. Always available, andtastes so fine with some age on it. I'll throw ten fidy into the mix even though its seasonal.
     
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  10. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,106) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    I agree.

    On a side note you're very lucky to be able to get that off the shelf. I think I got one off the shelf OG in the last year here in CO.:(
     
  11. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    It's not always on the shelves here, but it is pretty often. Though we did have a long drought in 2011/2012, that seems to have been fixed. I'm pretty thankful for that and hope it keeps up.
     
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  12. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,471) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    I was going to be "the asshole" and start with my traditional "drink them fresh,.." and, "they don't get better they just change".... and all the things I've been saying about most beers. A lot of shelf beers are good with age, they just aren't the beers that the brewer intended. The beer that the brewer intended is what it was like fresh. (And, my definition of fresh is 6 months - at the very outside - or less).

    Anyway, I'll be an asshole in a different way....I'll play.... namely, the best reward I got from a "shelf beer" was Lost Abbey Le Woody Brune. (I purchased several dusty bottles off the shelf at a Vendome here in the Los Angeles area where the bottles had not sold and were put on sale 1/2 price).

    [Ok, admittedly this was several years ago. But, they were on the shelf!)
     
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  13. ufmj

    ufmj Initiate (168) Feb 15, 2013 Florida
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    Definitely Sierra Nevada Bigfoot & Brooklyn BCS. The booziness is gradually replaced with more discernible flavors, IMHO.
     
  14. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (how has this not been mentioned yet?)
    Goose Island Sofie (have never had a bad bottle of this at any age)
    Goose Island Pere Jacques (really awesome at three years)
    North Coast Old Stock Ale
    Dogfish Head Olde School (barely a shelf beer the last few years, at least in the Midwest)

    No, you won't catch flak. There was a time it was completely undrinkable for almost a year. This was pre-Laffler. They're still hot, they just don't burn as much as 80-proof whiskey anymore.

    Unless you meant you would catch flak for calling BCBS a shelf beer.....

    True story here folks.
     
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  15. Mohican88

    Mohican88 Initiate (192) Jan 20, 2010 Ohio
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    Ten Fidy, Three Philosophers, and Flying Mouflan are all fantastic with some time in the cellar.
     
  16. jersson

    jersson Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 Virginia

    dfh red and white is amazing after a year. two years is meh but once you have a year old bottle you won't crave a freshy.
     
  17. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    Found an Avery Beast from '07 on a shelf. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries dipped in cognac.
    Also a Great Divide Old Ruffian with a couple of years on it. Brown sugar for days man.
    Just last night I drank a moldy bottle of '06 3 Fonteinen Doesjel. I guess the store had just found a box they had held back and forgot about. It was ok.
     
  18. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    Whoops. I thought we were talking about most rewarding shelf turds. My bad.
     
  19. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Do you even Gueze? :wink:
     
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  20. DougOLis

    DougOLis Initiate (185) Aug 15, 2008 California

  21. tcblack4d

    tcblack4d Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Georgia
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    Bell's Third Coast Ale and Founder's Imp. Stout. I was driving through Illinois on my way home to Atl from CO about two years ago and stopped at The Liquor Barrell in Benton, Illinois (found on BA). They randomly had 2 four packs of Founders IRS and a sixer of Third Coast Ale. The founder's was close to a year old and the third coast was 13 or 14 months old, I think. Very weird experience especially cause the store is in the middle of no where.
     
  22. kingkukta

    kingkukta Initiate (82) May 4, 2013 California
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    A few I have opened recently:

    2008 Abyss
    Stones 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
    2008, 2009, 2010 Stone IRS (2008 being the best IMO)

    All were DAMN good beers.
     
  23. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (957) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Bigfoot and Monster ale.
     
  24. Shmeal

    Shmeal Devotee (409) Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    Hair of the Dog Adam
     
  25. districtcraft

    districtcraft Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 District of Columbia

    Awesome. Thanks. I don't think it matters if you held them, or they were just in the store. I saw some 2011 DFH 120 and World Wide Stout on a shelf in Solomon's Island, MD. a couple months ago.
     
  26. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    I know of at least one store in D.C. that still has World Wide Stout and 120 Minute on the shelf. Not sure how much they have though.
     
  27. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (6,941) Aug 15, 2010 New York
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    +1 for North Coast Old Stock Ale.
     
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  28. VaTechPhilly

    VaTechPhilly Devotee (471) Oct 28, 2010 New York
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    I have a 2011 i've been hanging on to. Will try and wait another year or two.
     
  29. patm1986

    patm1986 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
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    LABYRINTH
     
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  30. youradhere

    youradhere Devotee (485) Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    Thomas Hardy's pre 2000
     
  31. JonnyBeers

    JonnyBeers Disciple (310) Oct 24, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Just found some Pannepot 2007, and Grand Reserva 2005 sitting on the shelf in Calgary. Amazing stuff!
     
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  32. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    You def should. All the complexities come out. i have an 08, 09, 11(2), & 13. Missing the 12 which i'll be trading a buddy for.
     
  33. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (957) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If your looking at WWS or 120 min I would go with WWS every time. 3-5 years does magical things to World Wide Stout. I can't say I've ever had a "good" 120 minute.
     
  34. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    Then you sir have never had an aged 2008. Magnificent beer.
     
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  35. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (957) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This is true. 5 or 6 years is a long time to wait though.
     
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  36. Brehnert

    Brehnert Initiate (171) Mar 17, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I love fresh 120min but recently had a 2011 on tap. I was very disappointed...it just tasted barleywine-esque. Is the goal of aging 120min to make it taste like a barleywine??
     
  37. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    I have a buddy who lived in Delaware and bought a case of it. He brought 08 and 09 120 and an 07 Raison d'Extra to a tasting. After trying them i learned quickly that waiting is so very worth it. Ended up trading for an 08 and 09.
     
  38. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    To be honest I have never tried a barleywine. I have a bunch of them, but have yet to crack one so I can't answer that question. I do agree though that the 2011 version was a bit lacking.
     
  39. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica


    Barleywines don't taste like hop brandy, so no.
     
  40. Brehnert

    Brehnert Initiate (171) Mar 17, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    When you age an IPA (even a triple IPA) for 2,3,4 years, they lose all the hops that make them a IIIPA. So I wouldn't assume there'd be any hops in an aged 120min, as there weren't any in the 2011 version that I was referencing
     
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