Keeping a nice stash of beer in the cellar can be fun, but every now and then you come across a beer you have been cellaring which would have been better younger. Last night was one of those nights when I opened a Victory Old Horizontal bottled on November 18, 2003. It had been lurking in a closet for years and then lurking in the fridge for years. It was not mishandled, but just did not stand up to the test of time. I suspect 5 years ago it would have been stellar, but last night it was rather lackluster, the carbonation had faded (despite the nice head in the photo) and the hop presence was muted. I am trying to get out of the cellaring business because it is so hit and miss. You never know if the beer will be awesome or have faded into obscurity. In this case it still was drinkable, but simply good rather than outstanding. So the next time you shove something back to age, give some thought as to whether or not it really should be aged in the first place. I think 5 – 8 years would have been perfect for this one, but at 13 it was on the way out.

Victory Old Horizontal

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