What is the oldest beer you have consumed?

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

  1. 1852 Samuel Allsopp and Sons Arctic Ale. Drank at a gathering at the Andechs Brewery in Bavaria in 1996 w/ the late Michael Jackson. It was a large gathering; therefore, each individual only sampled approximately 4 oz. the bottle held up well and was recovered by my father from the Allsopp Ind Coope Brewery in 1957. My father still has on in his vast beer cellar. The best aged vintage beers are by far Truman's No 1 Burton Barley Wine or Benskins Colne Spring Ale. Remember there ales were made under strict guidelines (English Brewing Laws no adjuncts) & no pasteurization. Today's beers are no comparison and will not stand the test of time.
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  2. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    So why are they different?
  3. mikecharley

    mikecharley Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Nov 6, 2008 Verified


    1985 Cantillon super gueuze Consumed last summer.
    Was still going strong, not over the hill by any means. Still was nicely carbonated!
  4. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    At the 2006 Stone Winterstorm, I had a bottle of 1999 Old Guardian. 7 years is not very old by some of your standards, but I was still excited by it at the time. It was delicious. One of the few bottles that I've kept.
  5. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    I haven't had any 500 year old beers like you guys, just an '07 BCBS in '12.
  6. I have a bottle of Guinness from 1977, not sure whether to risk it though.
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  7. mwrecording

    mwrecording Savant (255) Maryland Nov 14, 2009 Subscriber

    1999 JW Lee's back in 2010-2011.