27 year old barleywine - Good to drink still?

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

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  1. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    At least you made some money off of it.

    I remember back when I was first drinking beer with some buddies and wanted to try as many different types as possible. Went into the fridge and grabbed one never had before. Turned out to be a 5 year old Sharps lol!

    I'm surprised they were all able to hold in the laughter for as long as they did!
  2. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (120) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    A shop by me that has a crazy vintage cellar amongst other current beers.
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Sounds like it could be a treat.
  4. 46and2

    46and2 Initiate (152) Mar 28, 2008 Minnesota
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    Do they charge an associated premium for the cellared stuff? I'd love to have some chances at 4-5 year old RIS's.

    I do recall encountering a 1997 Anchor Christmas bottle somewhere, although I don't recall if I tried it or not.
  5. ontherocks

    ontherocks Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2008 Georgia

    In most cases (if not all), low-alcohol canned beers - unless refridgerated the entire time - are going to be destroyed by the passage of time.

    I have tried 20+ year-old Ballantine IPA (green bottle), that was somewhat oxidized, but tolerable. The quality of the bottle cap is important, too.
  6. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (352) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I had a 1997 recently and it was incredible, nearing JW Lee's quality. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on it. Worst case as said, it's not good, but there's no way to know until you try it.
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  7. vthippie

    vthippie Initiate (146) Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    I am curious what sort of premium price a 27 year old bottle of beer brings from a retail shop. Seems like a real gamble to me, chances are the beer would be well past it's prime. Do you mind sharing what you paid for this and the Bigfoot six pack?
  8. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Initiate (154) Jun 7, 2005 New York

    These Old Foghorn nips are fantastic. I've had a couple of them (all mid-80's) and they were both a perfect specimen of a well-aged American barleywine.

    Does yours have the neck-tag, by any chance?
  9. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    In 2006, a British brewery discovered barleywines that were 137 years old in their cellar and those who tried it said it was amazing.

    I vote for saving it, if you think you can live that long.
  10. Stewmeister91

    Stewmeister91 Aspirant (281) Apr 7, 2008 New Jersey
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    Drank a 92 a few months ago, and it was stellar
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  11. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    Pfft, 21 years old...amateur hour. :grinning:

    I am glad to hear that it has held up. Got a three year vertical in the fridge I am looking forward to try.
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