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KeyWestBrewing 01-30-2013 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by the_trout
So I wanted to try something different and the 2013 release of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot caught my eye. Now, Ive never had a barley wine before so I want to make sure I get this beer at its peak. I do know that often times barley wines are aged for many months and read of fellow home brewers who have aged them for over a year before they are at their peak.

My question is, do you think SN ages this brew for a sufficient length of time before releasing it for sale or do you think I would be best served to let this sit in a nice cool, dark place and sample it in a few months?
A friend brought this in to a SN beer dinner this past September. It was about 5 years old at that point and was by far one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. I highly suggest you save some to age and don't crack into it for at least 3 years. I give the same recommendation for the DFH 120. These two beers evolve into something truly extraordinary when you lay the bottles down for a few years.

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