Tried four beers at Collins, Abyss Imperial Stout
, Stone Old Guardian 2005
, Left Hand Brewing Oak Aged Widdershins
, and the Naked City Hoptrocity Rye IPA
. The Stone Old Guardian was very impressive for a beer nearing 3 years old. Still retained excellent hop character. Brewtopia's Hoptrocity was excellent as well.
Afterward we headed up the hill to Naked City Brewing Company's corporate headquartes (AKA Brewtopia's Condo) where I sampled his Saison, some more Rye IPA, and the Berliner Weisse. More excellent beers that will be sucessful on a commercial scale.
I finished the night up at Elysian Brewing Company, at their winter beer festival. By that point my tasting skill had been dulled by too many good beers, so I can't really say which beers stood out with the exception of the Great Divide Hibernation Ale.
I would say that the opportunity to taste aged beers, not readily available to the consumer is one of the benefits of these type of events. While I have read quite a bit about beer aging, I have had limited opportunity to see what mature beers can become.