Cellar Selections

About Cellar Selections

Cellar Selection is a designation for wines or beers that our tasting panels feel will improve with proper aging in climate-controlled conditions, like a wine cellar or basement. 

For beers, the Cellar Selection is given for bottle-conditioned beers whose high complexity and maltiness will integrate and mellow with six-months-to-two-years of cellaring in a refrigerator or cool basement. In particular, many imperial or “extreme beers” with highly elevated hop and malt levels can round out nicely with exaggerated hoppiness receding into a more balanced, savorable flavor profile.                                                                                                

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Best Cellar Selections For British & North American Ales

Shmaltz Brewing Company Jewbelation 20th Anniversary Strong Ale
96 points
Brilliant dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, roasted nuts and espresso beans, honeyed toasted flaxseed bread, and apple vinaigrette with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish evoking accents of chocolate covered citrus peels and nuts and chili pepper finish. A rich, warming dark winter ale with loads of sweet and peppery flavors that tingle the tongue.
Awards: 2017 Best Strong Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine
95 points
Old gold color. Aromas of lavash, pineapple cake, peshwari naan, toasted sesame and poppy seeds, and crisp celery with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple cinnamon compote, roasted walnuts, bitter greens, and raisin toast finish. A rich barley wine packed with fruit, spice, and intrigue; cellar-worthy.
Awards: 2017 Best American Style Barley Wine
Lift Bridge Beer Company Commander Barrel-Aged Barleywine
93 points
Maroon color. Curious aromas and flavors of coriander, dark chocolate, marshmallow, thyme, and marzipan with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of toffee and carob finish. A distinctively herbal barleywine that will be a statement-making cheese pairing.
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gulden Draak
88 points
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of cherry preserves on buttered toast, chamomile tea, candied almond, and banana with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long candied ginger, baked stone fruit, flaky pastry, and toasted raisin bread finish. A cellarable barley wine with a nice spectrum of malty, complex spicy flavors.
Island Brewing Company Big Island Barleywine
87 points
Burnt sienna color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange oil, mango pit, and roasted and caramelized root vegetables with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish revealing notes of allspice and gentian finish. A warming barley wine for hopheads.
NoDa Brewing Company Olde Voyager Port Barrel Aged Barleywine
86 points
Sunburst color. Aromas of fallen cherry, dried leaves, nougat, and ground coffee with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium marinated mushrooms, parker roll, cracked pepper, and oatmeal with brown sugar finish. A solid barleywine with a nice thread of peppy acidity.
Hopster’s Brewing Comet Citra NE IPA
85 points
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas of dried mango, pineapple chutney, lemon balm, orange drink, and dried apricot with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed clementine zest, water cracker, and basil finish. A solid NIPA with piles of citrus and tropical aromas.