What is the oldest beer you have consumed?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by tony32408, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. It means a friend of his poured a can of 'Four Loko' brand flavored malt beverage into an empty Cantillon bottle and served it to him. The implication is that this was an unexpected surprise, which he found to be an experience.
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  2. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (420) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Verified

    I had a 7 years old SA summer ale. Just so strange and bad, but interesting
  3. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    Forgive me, it's still a little unclear.
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  4. I see what you did there :)

  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,345) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Verified

    I have an empty of that one as well. I'm too lazy to go down to the basement and look. I'm too busy with this bottle in front of me.:D
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  6. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Champion (810) Ohio Sep 16, 2010

    So far for me a 2008 Heninipin and a 2008 JW Lee's - The Hennipin was great the JW's not so much.
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  7. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 23, 2010

    Had a 2005 Third Coast from Bell's. It was...old.
  8. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,345) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Verified

    I've always found the JW Lees need a lot of cellaring...apparently for that edition, more than 4 years. I had a 97 last year...that's what prompted me into saying this.
  10. semibaked

    semibaked Advocate (720) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007 Verified

    1985 Westy EXTRA 8. Very good too.
  11. dasenebler

    dasenebler Savant (490) Maine Jan 26, 2008

    I'd agree. The 1999 vintage is the oldest beer I've ever drank, and it was delicious at 11 years out. Had a bottle of the 2005 around the same time and it wasn't nearly as good. Cheers
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  12. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Advocate (650) Mississippi Feb 28, 2012 Verified

    I'd like to have an empty can since my name is J.R.
  13. dannon71

    dannon71 Aficionado (225) Florida Jun 19, 2005

    These two Ratcliff's are in my cellar but I've not tasted. 1902 King's Ale would be the oldest for me.

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  14. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (585) California Dec 12, 2009

    One more thing... The cork can be very brittle, it snaps out easily so be very careful when opening this beer!
  15. Sounds good. Thanks for the heads up!
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  16. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Advocate (665) Missouri Apr 12, 2007 Verified

    1987 samichlaus helles. Front end was sweet and dark fruit, smooth. Back end was complete soy sauce.
  17. Retsinis

    Retsinis Advocate (615) California Sep 25, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    A joke to make a point. It was mid way through a tasting, and a Cantillon Lou Pepe had already been served, but he also had an empty bottle of the same beer in his garage. He took this bottle of four loko that was years old, been baked in the sun, chilled it, and then poured it into the Cantillon bottle, and brought it out. It was funny those that knew immediately that something was very wrong with the beer and that it was not Lou Pepe at all, and those that sniff, drank, and said "wow, I love Cantillion, it's so awesome"

    Seen it happen in the wine world a bit. Invite some self described wine afficinado's over for a tasting, have a bottle of say Silver Oak and maybe a few others, and say a Charles Shaw (Aka $2 buck chuck) in a decantor, along with an empty bottle of a really high end bottle of wine you may have already had, and or served that evening along with other wines. Many often will still say, "man this is fantastic, I love Silver Oak" after being served the Chuck, since they perceive the bottle, not evening having a very discerning palatte to know the difference in the beverage, but the same person might be very snobbish about the wines they buy, taste the rare. I prefer blinds tasting myself, (as does the friend that did this) takes preconveived perceptions out entirely.
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  18. jedwards

    jedwards Savant (340) California Feb 3, 2009

    Opened one of these earlier in the summer:


    There's some debate regarding their age, but they're definitely pre-WWII, possibly WWI-era. It was actually quite good -- had some really interesting smoky qualities that I was not expecting.
  19. dannon71

    dannon71 Aficionado (225) Florida Jun 19, 2005

    Absolutely gorgeous bottles! We must have secured ours from the same source...lol. I originally had four of these and have only drank one so far. The one I had was very drinkable and interesting. It was quite thin with a bit of the smokiness that you mentioned but also some very noticeable brett yeast characteristics. I've been told this was possibly from wild spores inside the brewery vats that were controlled and intentionally allowed to be exposed to the beer (not 100% sure about this though). It appears these were bottle by the publicans themselves as I had three from Mrs. J. Telfer in Musselburgh and one from W. Irvine in Edinburgh.
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  20. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (520) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    1999 JW Lees. Have also had the 2000 and 2001 versions. Still see these floating around occasionally. Can't say I thoroughly enjoyed them, then again I don't know how they were cellared for most of their lifetimes.
  21. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Savant (420) California Jan 15, 2010 Verified

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  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Oh I bet. Love that beer.
  23. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    No way, the hops are gone after 2 weeks.
  24. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Yup, that is also the oldest beer I have had. A guy at Midwest Brew Review was walking around with a bottle of Triple Bock and I managed to get a pour. Tasted like tobacky spit. Ugh. As for the wine, my grandma had a bottle of Dom Perginon from 1980 (my birth year, I'm her first grandchild) that she opened on her 75th birthday in 2010. Total vinegar. Looked it up on the internet and the longest you can save champagne is maybe 10 years.
  25. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    What did the old Four Loko taste like? Fruity and sour? Not sure how anyone could even confuse that with Cantillon.
  26. mocktm

    mocktm Savant (430) Virginia Jan 3, 2011 Verified

    Drank my fair share in college, power hour style. Pretty much tastes like battery acid mixed with rotten fruit flavor. It's twice as bad coming back up...vile, vile shit.
  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I was there and got tricked. It poured a neon pinkish-red and that tipped me off. I still bought it until I tasted it. Sweet, metallic, artificial fruit and booze.
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  28. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (425) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Had a 1999 Blanche De Charleroi late last year that I really enjoyed, and over the holidays we had a 1988 Anchor Christmas at our holiday party. Total soy sauce on that one. Nasty as hell.
  29. Retsinis

    Retsinis Advocate (615) California Sep 25, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    Pretty much summarizes it, though I did get a whiff of Jell-o watermelon aroma, haha.
  30. A 2001 Harvey's Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout this past summer. Still sitting on half a case.
    Stuff was pretty bad when I picked it up, age has actualy made it more drinkable but nothing outstanding.

    Have a few bottles 1999 Kulmbackher EKU 28 and a 1994 SA Triple Bock still around as well.
  31. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Illinois Sep 12, 2012


    1953 De Cam Kriek
  32. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    How was it?
  33. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Illinois Sep 12, 2012

    Dusty, musty, murky brown, soft, not much cherry flavor but a sublime geuze.
  34. Fuller's 1981 Celebration Brew
  35. I THINK 95' Oud Beersel Framboise. I have only found 1 source for dating Oud beersel bottles and it sais the bottling date is 20 years before the BB date. If this is true. Then This is the oldest beer I have tried
  36. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

  37. is that the year they put nutmeg in it??????????????
  38. What is a 3F Lou Pepe?

    For me, a 2002 Bigfoot, I think. Been eyeing a '97 Lees for a while.
  39. kaips1

    kaips1 Savant (285) Kentucky Feb 20, 2011

    13 or 14 yr old sam adams triple bock
  40. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    1994 Thomas Hardy around mid-December '12, to celebrate a friend passing his Sec+ exam, two months prior to that, it was a 2001 Gale's Conquest Ale which *REALLY* did not hold up to age at all. Smelled nice, but it was oxidized to hell.