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Old 10-29-2009, 03:58 AM   #1
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So I just picked up a $7 bottle of Fullers 2009 Vintage ale. I am so tempted to just crack this thing open, but I almost feel like its more of a collectable then a beer. the thing has a serial number for christ sakes! Should I drink this damn thing or keep it?
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:00 AM   #2
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i vote drink i know you want to

 
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:01 AM   #3
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well there is also the fact that its bottle conditioned. i think fullers recommends cellering for like 4 years before drinking. god damn what did i get myself into haha. im gonna feel guilty if i open this thing, even four years from now.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:04 AM   #4
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Buy a second one and drink away, cellar the second one, and take tasting notes.

a few years from now drink the other, take notes and compare.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:07 AM   #5
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Im not 100% because I havent been brewing that long, but shouldnt a bottle conditioned beer be sold around like 60 degrees? I found this vintage ale in the cold section of the store, and i may be completely wrong but i thought cooling it stopped the yeast. would it be a problem warming it back up noiw?
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:52 AM   #6
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Don't torture yourself with this awful decision. Send the beer to me and lighten your heart.
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:04 PM   #8
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This beer IS better with age. Hide it in your cellar and open it in a couple years. It is best to have a couple so you can taste them at different stages.

It will be good now. All the flavors will be brash and full. With aging it will mellow out and blend to a smoother more elegant drink. Both are great ways to enjoy it.

 
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:24 PM   #9
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Buy two (2) more bottles. Drink one. That way you get it out of your system.

Cellar the second until next year. Cellar the third until the year after.

There are a lot of people that do exactly that. They buy a few bottles of good barleywine every year, but don't crack them until at least a year later.

Donkey Sniffer is right - it'll age well.

 
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #10
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If you don't drink it now how will you know if It aged well and was worth the wait?

If I really had to have some aged beer I would buy it from someone who had the patience to sit on it for years.

 
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