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27 year old barleywine - Good to drink still?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Oneinchaway, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    Just came in possession of a 1986 Anchor Old Foghorn barleywine that has been properly cellared (or at least that's the info I'm under the impression of). Think this is still good to drink?
  2. Yes.
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  3. You should take a test drive and let everyone else know.
  4. WynnO

    WynnO Advocate (545) Florida Oct 24, 2003

    No. Please send it to me first so I can check it. I'll send the bottle back.
    bamadog, Boomblaze, mlaroche and 2 others like this.
  5. It might not be that great (or who knows - maybe it will be!!) but I don't see why it would be hazardous to drink. Go for it. :cool:
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  6. HeyJim

    HeyJim Savant (395) Pennsylvania Sep 22, 2012

    What's the worst that can happen, a drainpour? At best you have an awesome beer experience.

    Not to sound like an ass, but I never understand these threads. Just open it and take a sip. If it sucks, move on with life.
  7. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Advocate (520) Michigan Jan 2, 2012 Verified

    Dude that's awesome. You gotta try it.
  8. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    It should be a very interesting experience...hopefully you can dig up a fresh bottle for comparison.
  9. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (450) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    Need pix of the entire tasting event.
  10. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Verified

    I haven't had good luck with older Old Foghorns- they have been too oxidized for my tastes- but that could have been dependent on how they were stored. Still- yours has been stored properly and it's probably not getting any better, so it's definitely worth a try. The worst that could happen is that it is too sherry-like and you don't like it. It won't make you sick or anything.
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  11. If you think it's questionable at 27 years, then you'll think it's questionable at 28, 29, 30, etc. It's not like someone's going to get on here and say "It's a drain pour at 27 years, but at 29 years it's amazing!" So you're either never going to drink it and wonder for the rest of your life, or you're going to give it a shot. No time like the present homie.
    M1A2, Shagtastic, Baab200 and 8 others like this.
  12. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (645) New York Nov 7, 2010

    I hear at year 25 barleywines actually turn back into IPAs
  13. wisconsinbeer1

    wisconsinbeer1 Savant (370) Wisconsin Nov 11, 2004 Verified

    27 is pushing it. 26 is usually about perfect.
  14. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    Oh no, I know that it ain't getting any better or worst. I literally just got a bottle today from someone. I plan to crack this open soon, just wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this long of a vintage themself to know if I'll need a quick washer right after. HA.
  15. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

  16. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (450) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010 Verified

    I had a 15 year old home brewed spiced ale once and it was fine so a barley wine should be be able to handle the age no problem.
  17. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Advocate (555) Texas Feb 21, 2011 Verified

    If its not >=(.5*your age + 7) its too young for you bro
  18. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    This is about 5 years past that then.
  19. I hear what your saying. It's the obvious. However... If you don't understand, just read. Hey... It's beer... Fun stuff. Social stuff. A way of sharing. Maybe someone else has had a similar experience. I would love to hear about it. Wish I had one.
  20. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    I heard its horrible at 27 years, but really hits its peak at 35 years.

    Id wait it out bro.
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  21. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Drink the goddam shit. Report back, if ya want.
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  22. Jspriest

    Jspriest Savant (455) Pennsylvania Feb 9, 2011 Verified

    I had a 2ish year old Old Foghorn that was oxidized to hell and nigh undrinkable. Hope the in-package O2 content was a little better on that batch / back then. I would think that even if it's terrible, it will be a fun experience to drink a beer that old. So do that.
  23. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Champion (910) New Jersey Jan 25, 2002 Verified

    Not like there are that many barleywines that could be that old, at least US made.

    Crack it open.
  24. I wouldn't expect much at all, but it's not going to kill you to try it.
  25. Hope you plan to share the experience with one or two local BA friends. Just a suggestion.
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  26. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (510) California Dec 21, 2011 Verified

    I had a 23 year old Bigfoot recently, and it was phenomenal still. Give it a whirl, worst that can happen is it'll be less than optimal. I know one of the reasons Bigfoot holds up so well is the ABV.
  27. woosterbill

    woosterbill Champion (905) Kentucky Apr 6, 2009 Verified

    I'm sure it will taste old and probably oxidized, but there's a good chance it will be enjoyable. I've had a beer that was over a century old and it was still entirely drinkable.
  28. dmeadows

    dmeadows Savant (310) New York Aug 6, 2002

    If nothing else the yeast sediment will have amazing restorative properties.
  29. Let us know!!!
  30. if someone said no would you just not open it?
    gustogasmic and Providence like this.
  31. gotta do it bruh
  32. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (510) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Verified

    Open her up and see.
  33. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    One way to find out. My guess is that it's probably past its prime though.
  34. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    Of course.
  35. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    Hell no.
  36. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Agreed that obviously ABV plays a part in how well something holds up. But 23 years? My god thats a whole nother story. This was as old as me.
  37. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    I'll let everyone know how it is when I crack it open.
  38. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Verified

    Also got a 6 pack of Bigfoot today featuring a 93,95,98,99,03,&08. Can't wait to crack those open for a side by side.
  39. 46and2

    46and2 Aficionado (220) Minnesota Mar 28, 2008

    Looking forward to the result!

    Oldest anything I've had of interest was a pull tab top white can labeled simply...Beer. It was one of the worst experiences of my life, but I made $5 on the deal.
    wiscokid920 likes this.