27 year old barleywine - Good to drink still?

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

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  1. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    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. Jerriko

    Jerriko Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2008 Washington

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  3. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    You should take a test drive and let everyone else know.
  4. WynnO

    WynnO Defender (629) Oct 24, 2003 Florida

    No. Please send it to me first so I can check it. I'll send the bottle back.
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  5. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    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. :sunglasses:
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  6. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (169) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
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    Dude that's awesome. You gotta try it.
  8. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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  9. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

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

    Squidly Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    Need pix of the entire tasting event.
  11. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,304) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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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  12. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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.
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  13. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

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

    wisconsinbeer1 Aspirant (217) Nov 11, 2004 Wisconsin
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    27 is pushing it. 26 is usually about perfect.
  15. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    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.
  16. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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  17. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    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.
  18. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Disciple (382) Feb 21, 2011 Texas
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    If its not >=(.5*your age + 7) its too young for you bro
  19. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    This is about 5 years past that then.
  20. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    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.
  21. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

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

    Id wait it out bro.
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  22. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

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

    Jspriest Disciple (380) Feb 9, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    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.
  24. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

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

    Crack it open.
  25. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I wouldn't expect much at all, but it's not going to kill you to try it.
  26. ontherocks

    ontherocks Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2008 Georgia

    Hope you plan to share the experience with one or two local BA friends. Just a suggestion.
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  27. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    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 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2002 New York

    If nothing else the yeast sediment will have amazing restorative properties.
  29. brianthelion23

    brianthelion23 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 California

    Let us know!!!
  30. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    if someone said no would you just not open it?
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  31. johngalt12345

    johngalt12345 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2012 Maryland

    gotta do it bruh
  32. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    Open her up and see.
  33. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

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

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Of course.
  35. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Hell no.
  36. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    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 Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    I'll let everyone know how it is when I crack it open.
  38. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    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 Initiate (152) Mar 28, 2008 Minnesota
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    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.
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  40. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Where do you shop? A goodwill? Time Machine?
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