During an evening among friends, I finally broke out my 2012 aged Dark Lord, one of the first “big beers” I ever acquired, and we taste if it was worth the time and expense. I also happened to have a 2012 Mephistopheles chilled for that evening, so we pop it to compare these two big Russian Imperials and get a better perspective on the Dark Lord hype.
I’m joined on this 20 minute odyssey by my brother, Ryan, and our friend Tom from Pints of Interest fame, a beer novice Josh, and regular DBRcast member Chris.
Warning: This here podcast contains the salty language, so delicate ears need not apply.
As an avid cellarer (fun word!) this is an informative article on craftbeer.com that goes over the ins and outs of cellaring. I can say from experience that a properly aged beer can yield spectacular results you won’t soon forget. Ever since I tried a three-year-old Avery Mephistopheles in 2012, I’ve been chasing that dragon and aging 15-20 beers in hopes of getting an experience that is half as good. I know this is paltry compared to the 100’s of beers that others age, but I’m pretty selective and most times I can only get a limited quantity of a beer that I think is worth keeping around.
I probably won’t dip into the fruits of my patience until 2015 when my dad retires (a 2012 Dark Lord and 2012 Parabola), but it’ll be worth the wait. I still need to update the Beer Cellar section of DBR with the full roster, but my collection is comprised of mostly higher ABV barley wines, imperial stouts, and wild/sour beers.
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