I am planning to brew a batch and bottle in nice flip top bottles for Christmas gifts.
I was planning a Russian Imperial Stout. I was going to brew an Old Rasputin clone recipe from the AHA website. http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/north-coast-old-rasputin-clone/
How long should I age the beer? In other words should I hurry up and brew or wait a while?
Edit: actual the article says age only a month or so due to lots of late hops. I missed that before.
Bottle issue aside, I'd brew it soon. Most big beers benefit from aging. Double IPA, maybe not. I'm finding beers over 7% can benefit from aging for 4 or more years, depending on the style.
For what it's worth, I hide back a few bottles of each batch just to see how it ages. That way I can try to find the "prime" drinking age. Some will surprise you.