What one beer has benefited best from aging?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by LOCAL, Mar 23, 2013.

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  1. LOCAL

    LOCAL Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    So as the title of the thread implies, if you could pick just one beer that has best shown the benefits of cellaring above and beyond all others, what would it be?

    I'm going with DFH Olde School. Recently had a 2012 next to a 2007 and it was night and day. Turned jet fuel into a true treat to drink and savor.
     
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  2. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Agreed that olde school ages beautifully
     
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,113) Mar 18, 2010 California

    A recent beer that was quite amazing was a 2001 JW Lees Harvest Ale. I think beers in that series can age quite well.
     
  4. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (342) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Agreed. Anything JW Lee's or George Gale's. Thomas Hardys stuff too.
     
  5. Titans77

    Titans77 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Maryland

    I just cracked open an early 2012 Old Rasputin. It tastes like chocolate milk, and I love it. Only 1 year old and I can only say great things about it.
     
  6. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    probably the most underrated sleeper is Avery Mephistopheles. at like 4 years this can shit on most imp stouts
     
  7. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Had a couple Stonewall's last week. While it was amazing fresh, it is by far my favorite ABW of all time.
     
  8. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Yep. Had a six year old one at the brewery and still is the best beer I've ever had.
     
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  9. StaveHooks

    StaveHooks Meyvn (1,335) Nov 18, 2008 Oklahoma

    I've got a 2011 chilin. Can't wait to break this out in a few years.
     
  10. StaveHooks

    StaveHooks Meyvn (1,335) Nov 18, 2008 Oklahoma

    I don't have any experience with it but Bigfoot seems to be one of the best aged beers out there.
     
  11. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (342) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Agreed. On a side note, Anchor's Christmas is NOT the best aging beer. Some fool brought a 1988 to a tasting recently. Fail.
     
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  12. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (579) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    My buddy gave me an 09 Fullers Vintage Ale back in 2011 for xmas and I told him I'd hold onto it for 5 years like it recommends on the box, looking forward to sharing that one soon.
     
  13. Gotti311

    Gotti311 Crusader (769) Mar 22, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Samichlaus. I didnt know a 6 year old beer could taste so good.
     
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  14. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    LP Gueuze...just gets better and better and better and .......
     
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  15. BDEE

    BDEE Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    My favorite aged beer is Palo Santo. I notice the most development from this beer. Really smooths out.
     
  16. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (579) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    This was the first beer I aged (2 years) and it pretty much convinced me to start cellaring certain things. I remember when it was the first "expensive" & strong beer I bought too :D
     
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  17. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    The answer is Bigfoot! That beer will sit for over 10 years and turn from a very hoppy American Barleywine/IPA into an incredibly delicious malty treat. We drank a '99 Bigfoot last Summer that was ridiculously good.
     
  18. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (3,999) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Was going to post the same thing
     
  19. gzaIPArza

    gzaIPArza Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 Indiana

    Thomas Hardy.
     
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  20. TheBandit1

    TheBandit1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Michigan

    Expedition. Just developers so well. Hoppy up front but just a great chocolate mix after only a year. Stumbled on some two year old bottles two years ago and just opened one up. At a bit over four years, it was great. Plead the 5th is the same way, but I think it drinks well fresh and falls off faster. Four years might be the most for it.
     
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  21. TomClem

    TomClem Initiate (8) Mar 7, 2012 Nebraska
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    1 year: Old Rasputin
    3 years: Bourbon County
    5 Years: Mephistopheles (I have high hopes for Uncle Jacobs as well)

    I have not had aged Bigfoot and the oldest beer I've had was this month tasting a 03.03.03. It surprised me in a good way.
     
  22. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Troegs Mad Elf went through one of the most dramatic changes from ageing I've experienced in just one year's time.

    Went from a hot, Robitussin-like malt beverage to a brew that was an incredible drinking experience (beautiful "winter warmer" balance).
     
  23. wifehatesthebike

    wifehatesthebike Initiate (118) Oct 11, 2008 Michigan
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    I think Avery The Beast is great with about 4 years on it as well.
     
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  24. drbenzo

    drbenzo Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2005 California

    Stone IRS ages very well, especially for its price range.
     
  25. darkmoon66

    darkmoon66 Aspirant (238) Oct 8, 2011 California
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    Came in here just to say Stone IRS
     
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  26. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    I cellared a bottle of Rodenbach Grand Cru from 2009 to 2012. At 3 years old, it was one of the best beers I've had. Sour, malty, complex, and balanced.
     
  27. yankeepride

    yankeepride Disciple (373) Jan 16, 2011 New Jersey
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    Agreed, but it's just plain fun. I go to an annual Christmas dinner where they bust out old and/or rare holiday beers, and it's always fun to line up the classic Anchors. Most of the old ones kinda suck, but it's more of a treat to sample, if only to add it to my untappd list.
     
  28. yankeepride

    yankeepride Disciple (373) Jan 16, 2011 New Jersey
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    I'd throw in Lost Abbey's Angel's Share. That sucker is hot when it's fresh, but mellows nicely with age.
     
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  29. jake65

    jake65 Initiate (147) Nov 4, 2008 Idaho

    Bigfoot aged 3-5 years has been very nice. Hard for me to hang onto them any longer. I'm going to add DFH Olde School, comments above have helped my decision. Thanks!
     
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  30. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (132) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
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  31. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Disciple (320) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
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    I had a 2001 Harvest Ale recently and can agree it was amazing. I had a 2010 within a few days and, while still very good, it was not as great as the '01.
     
  32. Psykhe

    Psykhe Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2010 Maryland

    North Coast Old Stock.
    Amazing fresh, amazing aged. We got a chance to try a '00 at an event recently and it was fantastic.
     
  33. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    BCBS at 4 years (ie: '08 in summer 2012) is the best I've had.
     
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  34. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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    My personal favorites to age are:

    Stone IRS (love it fresh but its even better with a few years on it.)
    Stone OG
    Double Bastard
    Bigfoot
    Palo Santo
    Adam
    Abyss
     
  35. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    Cool. I've been sitting on a bottle for at least 2 or 3 years. I'll give it some more time.
     
  36. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Bigfoot with 3+ years on it is so fucking amazing, let it go past 8 years and you're in trouble.....just in my experience.
     
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  37. RandomBattle

    RandomBattle Aspirant (231) Jun 25, 2010 New York
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    Last year I had a 2002 bottle of DFH WWS. It was so smooth and delicious, like liquid vanilla. Needless to say I bought a couple to age for many years.
     
  38. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Voodoo doughnut, age it. Forever.
     
  39. jokemon

    jokemon Disciple (314) Apr 3, 2007 Illinois
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    Dfh 120 min, FFF MOLOKO
     
  40. claytong

    claytong Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011 Vermont

    I'd agree four years is right for bcbs the 09 is tasting awesome
     
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