Two beers, that you are supposed to drink before Independence Day 2015 but saved for a year until the Aliens came back to be defeated without Will Smith (I assume they are defeated, I haven’t been to watch it yet).
First up is Brewdog’s Born to Die 04.07.2015
Pours a glorious amber yellow with a slight haze.This isn’t as crystal clear as the last Born to Die that was released but I can’t remember if this one from a year ago was ever that clear. Pours with a fluffy white head that dissipates slowly.
On the nose is a sweet toffee aroma with a hint of citrus from the fading hops.
Still holds the bitterness with a sweet malt toffee backbone gives way to the last remaining hops fighting for their lives, more resin than citrus, to finish a slight burn from the 8.5% abv.
Next up is Stone’s Enjoy By 07.04.15 (bloody Americans writing the date the wrong way round).
Pours a darker rich amber with a voluptuous fluffy white head. Even more murky than its predecessor. This beer has seen a much more dramatic decent . No floral hops have survived, giving way to a slight pine resin caramel on the nose.
More subtle alcohol burn despite the 9.4% with more caramel overtones and a darker resin replacing the once floral hops. There is hardly a hint of the hops that were once so prominent when fresh.
Overall both are still very drinkable beers despite being a year past their best before date. But Born to Die has held up much better and is by far the more drinkable beer after a year.
Unless you like how a double IPA turns into a barley wine with age then drink fresh. But if you find one in the back of the cupboard don’t pour it away, send it to me.