Originally Posted by andycr
I do the exact same thing, one bottle from each batch. Initially it was to compare to the next time I brewed the same thing, but now I'm starting to think it'll be a reminder of how much I sucked when I started out, when I crack them in a year.
And maybe it will just be a reminder that a lot of beers should be enjoyed fresh.
I'm a proponent of keeping good notes about process as well as taste, and most importantly....did I enjoy it? If you're keeping them around for nostalgic reasons, Id say great! If you're keeping them around to compare to another batch then you'll never be apples to apples. Even if its a beer that should be aged, you'll never be able to truly compare two batches unless both were made at approximately the same time and allowed to age together.