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Old 02-17-2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default Beer Styles that Cellar/Age well

I am currently in a phase where I am brewing up many beers to age and cellar..so I can enjoy them in the coming months/years and give them as gifts. I am wondering what styles are suited well towards aging? I currently have the following either brewed or on to do list.

Barley Wine/Old Ale
Strong Scotch Ale
Belgian Strong Ale
Belgian Double
Belgian Triple



I was wondering about the following styles and their cellaring characteristics in particular..but I would love to know about others that age well.

1. Imperial Stout
2. Imperial India Pale Ale


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Old 02-17-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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Everything you listed there is great. Except for the Imperial IPA. Its typically recommended not to age IPAs for too long as the hop aroma and flavor will fade. I'd be less inclined to age a Tripel also

As a rule of thumb, any high alcohol beer will age well.


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Old 02-17-2010, 06:57 PM   #3
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I am thining of doing somethin that is really become almost cliche now in brewing, but imperializing a recipe. Imperial Fat Tire

Taking a good fat tire clone and just really ramping it up...and then using trappist yeast.
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Imperial stout's age well.

I have one I brewed that is a little over 3 years old, so far it just keeps getting better with age. One surprising thing is how much the hops mellowed, I went crazy with the hops (100+ ibu's) but you can barely taste them now.
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Imperial stout's age well.

I have one I brewed that is a little over 3 years old, so far it just keeps getting better with age. One surprising thing is how much the hops mellowed, I went crazy with the hops (100+ ibu's) but you can barely taste them now.


This is making me wonder if the late hope additions for aroma are a waste in these beers meant for cellaring?
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This is making me wonder if the late hope additions for aroma are a waste in these beers meant for cellaring?
Tough call. I really like tasting how the beer changes over time, maybe brew one batch with and one without and see how they stack up against each other in 6mo-1yr?
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This is making me wonder if the late hope additions for aroma are a waste in these beers meant for cellaring?
Age in bulk for a year, dry hop, and then bottle. You get the benefits of aging but more hop aroma than bottle aging for a year would have provided.
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