Looking for advice on aging beer

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beers 14 º places 1 º 19:46 Mon 10/8/2012

I’ve recently started the aging stage of my beer journey and would like some advice. Currently, I’m only aging a Trois Pistoles, Olde Suffolk and Old Foghorn. (Nothing spectacular as of yet) What is an ideal temperature? I have them in a closet now but should I have them in my beer refrigerator? How long should I age each one. I’ve had the Olde Suffolk since around late March and haven’t had the other two for long.

beers 2356 º places 20 º 19:55 Mon 10/8/2012


beers 3921 º places 1 º 19:59 Mon 10/8/2012

55F. Refrigeration will slow the process of aging. I’m not sure aging those beers will do a lot, they seem pretty ready right out of the brewery.

As far as advice you never asked for...don’t go crazy aging beer cuz 99% of beer is best fresh. You should age beers with a purpose. Consider why you want to age it in the first place. Booze may mellow a bit with age but so will hops, fruit, and barrel notes so consider the trade off when aging. Also, if a beer is right on when you drink it then generally don’t age it, it ain’t getting better.

beers 3921 º places 1 º 20:03 Mon 10/8/2012

Also, oxidation can be a nice feature in some beers but this is rare. Mostly aging beers tends to make them more similar due to general oxidation notes becoming the main age profile.

beers 2040 º places 14 º 20:14 Mon 10/8/2012

Originally posted by illidurit

This. I’ve regretted most instances when I’ve aged bottles.

beers 4965 º places 286 º 20:21 Mon 10/8/2012

Originally posted by illidurit


places 23 º 20:26 Mon 10/8/2012

Originally posted by DalzAle
Originally posted by illidurit

This. I’ve regretted most instances when I’ve aged bottles.

Only age bottles when your buddies aren’t around, then drink them as soon as you can all get together!

beers 1468 º places 57 º 20:28 Mon 10/8/2012

Originally posted by illidurit

yeah but no. they’re your beers. you want to age ’em then do it. dark, cool place for a year and then try ’em. you’ll know if you like the beer with a year on it or not. then you can decide if you want to try and lay ’em down for longer. have fun. cheers.

beers 9797 º places 340 º 21:38 Mon 10/8/2012

A vast majority of beers will get worse with any significant age. There are obvious exceptions where some styles don’t degrade or may even improve based on personal preference. Lambic is the once case where the beer holds up well. Many big beers though get much worse. Barley Wines I have found worse with too much age. Big sweet Thomas Hardy style BWs may cellar for awhile, but not forever.

beers 2957 º places 88 º 01:46 Tue 10/9/2012

Originally posted by SHIG
Originally posted by illidurit



beers 991 º places 29 º 02:16 Tue 10/9/2012

I used to keep my cellar at 54 degrees but felt like the bottles were just a little too warm for my taste when I would open them. Rather than throw the 54 degree bottle in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before drinking, I just lowered the temp on my cellar to 50 degrees and have been happy with the result.

I mostly age really boozy beers to see if they’ll mellow out a bit. It really is a matter of preference. For example, lots of people like Parabola fresh, but I think it is phenomenal with 1 year of age at cellar temp. Other examples are ’09 Old Guardian was unanimously better than ’11 Old Guardian in a recent vertical tasting but a few years ago I liked an ’07 Doggie Claws better than the ’03.

Ill rotate bottles out of the cellar and into the fridge when I think they have aged the right amount to preserve the qualities I want at that time. I’ve got my 2012 Dark Lords in the cellar but 2010 is in the fridge because I hear its drinking well now and would like to let the fresher bottles develop some more.

I freak out every 3-5 years and pour off everything in my cellar because I worry about over aging. It’s like a forest fire clearing out old growth to make room for new life! Have fun experimenting. You’ll end up over aging some stuff but will create some really nice, complex, and flavorful beers to enjoy along the way.