Journeys are better taken with company...maybe. I guess your company could be a screaming toddler kicking the back of your seat or someone who smells of sauerkraut spilling into your personal space. Then perhaps going it alone might be a better choice. This, however, is a Fantastic Voyage and I prefer the company of like-minded beer drinkers.

It might be the youngest bottle we've looked at, but the idea was taking a look at a beer brewed with coconut to get an idea of how the coconut will handle time. Since coconut is such a soft and subtle flavor (when compared to bolder flavors like coffee and cocoa in dark beers) it usually takes a large amount of the ingredient in the recipe to really shine through in the final product. It's also the first flavor to start bowing out over time. So lets do this...

The aroma is big on chocolate, coffee and a bit of what could be an infection. The coconut is faint but you can pick it up as the beer airs out and opens up a bit.

The taste is sweeter than the nose. The coconut is faint and not nearly as pronounced as it was when fresh, but comes into play more in the taste than in the nose. Dark fruits and some dark cherry are found mid taste while the cocoa and coffee bring up the tail end. It's almost like chocolate covered cherries with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Unfortunately there is a bit of sourness due to infection. I heard rumors that this batch was infected but went for it anyway.

Although it is infected, this beer still has a decent amount of life and character to it. It's creamy, smooth and still has a complex profile. The coconut stuck around a lot more than expected. Since this bottle wasn't meant for long cellaring times anyway, and was merely for the sake of testing the longevity of the coconut, the infection issue doesn't raise many flags. That is unless you have a few of these 2013 bottles stockpiled somewhere, then it might be time to pop those open and hope for the best.


Our CELLARED series aims to explore the world of aging beer and sharing the effects of time in the bottle. Bottles have been kept away from light and at temperatures between 44-60 degrees. Individual experiences may vary depending on storage environments.

Posted on July 24, 2014 .