Did I buy OLD Samuel Smith?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DEdesings57, Nov 17, 2022.

  1. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Date Code Is: SK23U1 and it's their Organic Lager.
     
  2. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    S nothing, second letter is the month (number of that letter in the alphabet)

    Next two # = day

    Last letter # in alphabet = year

    Thanks to other BAs. But this is in my notes in my phone.

    So November 23 of 2021. Unless I can’t interpret my own notes which is entirely possible.
     
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  3. BMBCLT

    BMBCLT May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    Huh? :thinking_face:
     
  4. Jaycase

    Jaycase Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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  5. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Just for you

    K is the 11th letter in the alphabet = November

    23 we’ll I’m guessing you’re good here

    U is the 21st letter in the alphabet, 2021

    :beers:
     
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  6. BMBCLT

    BMBCLT May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    Quit making stuff up!
     
  7. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    One decoder ring to rule them all…

    The shitty notes in my phone.
     
  8. bbtkd

    bbtkd Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Just drink it already! :beer:
     
  9. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Probably, but I’m sure it’s alright :+1:
     
  10. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Thanks guys!

    I drank one already and not to damn bad. Did not get notes of wet cardboard or unusual esters from the yeast nor did I get any phenolic notes from the ABV which tends to come out with age.

    But damn this beer is old. At least it was refrigerated for most of it's shelf life.


    I wonder if at say two years or more of age, if the beer would develop any off flavors that are off putting?
     
  11. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    crazy, I would never have been able to figure that one out. And I thought Julian Date codes where Bad :grimacing:
     
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  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe Samuel Smith should include a decoder ring with each six-pack?

    [​IMG]
     
  13. OffTrail

    OffTrail Aug 12, 2012 Washington

    There are 26 letters in the alphabet. What happens in 2027?
     
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  14. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Without even reading the post, I can tell you that you probably did. I've given up on buying their stuff considering the 2 inch layer of dust on most of their bottles.
     
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  15. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Not quite apples to apples, but I recently bought a 4-pack of Paulaner Helles that I failed to note was just over a year old.

    I can't say my experience was as pleasant as yours -- the beer has turned cardboard and the hops have turned harsh. I guess not all cans are created equal.
     
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  16. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I've wondered this with some of the German ones that do it, I'm guessing they just would start back at A. Or the universe simply implodes...I'm unsure, we'll find out soon I guess.
     
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  17. elNopalero

    elNopalero Oct 14, 2009 California
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    I was expecting a yes/no question here, where the answer is always yes.
     
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  18. rgordon

    rgordon Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    It's beginning to appear like someone doesn't want most folks to know the real date.
     
  19. tolar111

    tolar111 Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    Just for the heck of it I checked my Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome.
    The code is: SD27V1 - April 27th 2022, yeah, it's old
     
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Rut roh! :grimacing:

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  21. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    :rolling_eyes:
     
  22. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    I hate getting burned on old beer. Was your beer refrigerated when you bought it?
     
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  23. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    Oh bugger. That kind of dating is like a Rube Goldberg machine. Wouldn't it be grand if the wonderful wide world of brewin' & containerizing could settle on having a universal international date code? Either manufactured date or enjoy by date...or both. My most recent purchase of Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout was dandy. Beer tasted excellent, clean bottles, superb in every way. On a side note, when I buy beer from a "small" beer store I avoid imports as they are commonly older than the hills. Cheers!
     
  24. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    No. :confused:

    And it just bugs me that some distros use certain stores as "clearing houses" for their old stock.

    I used to know the liquor manager at this store, but he moved on. If I ever figure out who to corner, I will and point it out.
     
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  25. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    For imports, I feel like that's as fresh as they come!
     
  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    In the interim I refuse to purchase beer that is not dated (or dated such that I can't understand it when I pick it up at the beer retailer).

    Permit me to relate a story: I attended a beer festival in Philadelphia this past summer. There was a booth from New Trail Brewing Company. The beer(s) I drank from them were very good. I chatted with an employee from New Trail that was manning the booth and I mentioned that I never buy their beers since they refuse to date their beers. He was a bit taken aback to here me say this and a couple of minutes later volunteered that they have no problems 'selling out' their beer inventory. I replied to him that they would get my money if they chose to date their beers as well. I suppose since other customers robustly buy their products they see no incentive to date their beers? From my perspective included dates would be an ethical business practice but...

    As long as beer consumers are willing to buy beers with no dates (or secret codes) I suppose some breweries will continue on in this manner.

    Cheers to breweries that have the ethics to date their beers using non-secret codes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:beers:
     
  27. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    :beers::beers::whale::beers:
     
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  28. jgido759

    jgido759 Oct 7, 2014 New Jersey

    Weird that the first letter (S) and last number (1) are ignored. . . :rolling_eyes:
     
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe they are for a separate secret message? Like: Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

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    Cheers!
     
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  30. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    So that's what happened to the grain bill! :wink:
     
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  31. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Message being, you're beer is old. Btw, Ralphie's house is up for sale here in the CLE...quite the little cottage industry they have going on over there around the holidays.
     
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  32. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    This happens in other industries as well. In my line of work sealed lead acid batteries are dated similarly where no manufacturer is the same and you have to go to their website to decipher, so do you want me to charge you the labor to figure that out or just charge you for fresh batteries and move on...product is cheaper than the labor.
     
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  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is a leg lamp included?

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    If so, I am making a offer!!

    "It's a Major Award!"

    Cheers!
     
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  34. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Wow. From Sam Smith to fra-gee-lay. It's amazing how fast animated gifs can derail a thread.

    @jesskidden :rolling_eyes:
     
  35. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    It sucks because they make excellent beer. But not worth the price without knowing. The cans are better but not as charming
     
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  36. AZgman

    AZgman Dec 22, 2011 Arizona
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    I love many imported beers, but for the reason of supply chain issues, I tend to stick to local beers. Plus, I like to support the small(er) local breweries when I can. Drink local! :sunglasses:
     
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