Originally Posted by tspilker
I heard someone tell me recently that commercial barleywines (such as bigfoot) taste better the long you hang onto them, but that you have to keep them refrigerated.
Just wanted some clarification. If I held onto some 2009 bigfoot, would it taste better/smoother/more refined in 2 or 3 years?
I don't refrige mine. There is enough alcohol in them to let them sit without worrying. They are 10.5% abv. so hording them is no issue with regard to the beer quality. It won't degrade. Unless you start talking decades.
The cascade hop bitterness will mellow as it gets older.
I had a friend say to buy a sixer and drink one a year and the following years you drink one from each sixer. After six years you can have six beers one from each vintage. That's if you have that much self control. I have one leftover from last year and I bought two sixers. I have tasted them at 3 years old and they are pretty damned good.
I store mine in my basement in a cabinet. A cool & dark spot is good place to keep them. Not to mention out of sight, out of mind.