For those of you following along, last night was not successful when it comes to trying a cellared craft beer. But I continue on undeterred… tonight is another night! Another chance for something magical to happen. It’s time to get on with it!
Tonight I unearthed a Pretty Things Babayaga from October 2010 (batch #2). It’s been stored at cellar temperatures for the last two years. At 7% ABV, I was a little worried it may have had a hard time weathering two winters, but I pushed forward like a good explorer.
I cracked it open and immediately smelled the bottle… nothing off putting. All is good so far. The pour went well, beautiful color and appropriate head. A deep smell brings smoke/charcoal with hints of coffee and chocolate. A closer looks shows the head slowly fading away over the course of five minutes
The first taste is delightful! My tastes are not betrayed by what I smelled and this is a really enjoyable beer. A treat! The malt is strong in this one, with deep chocolate and perhaps a hint of burnt sugar (ahhh Christina’s) in there too. Just a great beer made better (?) with a chance to sit in the cellar for a bit. With the latest batch of Babayaga on shelves now, I’m certainly going to taste the latest batch soon and lay down a bottle or two for a deep sleep.
My adventures in cellaring continue…