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 Beer

Lift Bridge Beer Company Silhouette Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
98 points
Rich mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherry cordials, walnut confection, cocoa powder, artisan cola, well-aged bourbon, and soy sauce with an oily, vibrant, spritzy, fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, very long smoked toffee, charred nuts, mocha creme cookies, and vanilla truffles finish. A viscous, voluptuous monster of an Imperial stout that conjures memories of Italian Amaro and the finest chocolates.
Rodenbach Brewery Rodenbach Alexander
97 points
Dusty mahogany color. Savory, sour aromas of reduced lemon with balsamic, sour cherry kefir, and lettuce greens with pickled veggies and vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long sourdough cherry toast with lemon-kiwi marmalade, marinated artichokes, nuts, and brandy barrels finish. A complex, delicious and flavor pack sour fruit beer that will rule at the table.
Upland Brewing Sour Reserve
97 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Sour aromas and flavors of pickled vegetables and fruits, champagne vinaigrette on greens, honey buttered sourdough toast, and reduced lemon with a lightly tannic, tart, effervescent, sour full body and a tingling, distinctive, very long radish and jicama, nuts, and grassy earth finish. A superlative sour beer with great length, power, and finesse.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Beer, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Best Sour Beer
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 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
Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Ice Bock
95 points
Dark walnut color. Sweet aromas of chocolate covered toffee, marinated strawberry, dark roasted hazelnut, and cured meats with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long chocolate babka, chocolate malt shake, mint, and maple finish. A rich but never heavy Eisbock with excellent pure flavors; treat yourself.
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
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
95 points
Dark bronze color. Fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate banana cake and pudding, toffee, smoked nuts, and sundried-tomato chutney with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long honeyed lettuce and mocha gelato finish. A fantastically flavorful and instantly appealing doppelbock with tremendous versatility.
Awards: 2017 Best Doppelbock
Revolution Brewing Straight Jacket Barrel-Aged Barleywine
94 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of raisins in caramel, butterscotch, candied yams, molasses cookie, coffee liqueur, and chocolate bundt cake with a satiny, crisp, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long candied orange peel, carob, and marzipan finish. A complex and balanced barrel-aged ale that offers port-like fruit and a whiskey-like brawn; luxurious.
Unibroue 2014 17 Grande Réserve Dark Ale
94 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Complex aromas of fine chocolates, red bean confection, cola-nut, mandarins in whipped cream, and chrysanthemum with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cafe latte, white chocolate, tobacco, hoisin sauce, carrot cake, and baked plums finish. An excellent Belgian-Style Ale with a myriad of flavors; try with east-Asian cuisines.
Gaslight Brewery Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged Colossus Imperial Stout
94 points
Brown black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, vanilla tapioca with maple, chocolate molasses cake, and sherry-fig vinaigrette with a chewy, soft, petillant, off-dry full body and a warming, layered, long creme brulee, orange spice cake, and pink pepper on arugula finish. A wonderfully rich and warming Imperial stout with fine balance and flavor; will be great with desserts.