Really old beer... To drink or not to drink?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Loskid22, Dec 25, 2012.

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  1. Loskid22

    Loskid22 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Texas

    Recently while visiting my father I stumbled across some really old beers he had stashed below his bar. Two in particular I have the urge to crack open and try. One is a St. Pauli Girl imported dark beer. It doesn't have any date on it but may be as old as the 70's. The other one is a Dark Henninger Bier, imported from Germany which also could be that old. He has about six others or so but I figured the dark beers would have the best chance of aging well. My only other hope is the fact that it has been in a completely dark bar where virtually no light has touched it. Dare I crack open that old of a beer or simply hang on to the full beer bottles as kind of a be at little find. My personal philosophy is if you have beer, mine-as-well drink it. Can someone please help me out. Cheers!
     
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  2. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    It ain't gonna kill you, so drink up and tell us about them. Probably oxidized and flat with a wet cardboard taste but I bet it puts hair on your chest. Merry Christmas!
     
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  3. drewmprs

    drewmprs Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2005 California

    Chances are its well past its prime. Have a few sips and see how it tastes. I recently found a stash of beers from the mid 90's. None were great but one of the light lagers still had a crisp Saaz finish.
     
  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,900) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Do it for science.
     
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  5. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    For science!
     
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  6. Jimjohson

    Jimjohson Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Georgia

    For Science
     
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  7. JxExM

    JxExM Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2012 New York

    Science.
     
  8. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    For
     
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  9. Jimjohson

    Jimjohson Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Georgia

    Well? Don't keep us in suspence:D
     
  10. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Great as dares for sure. But you know they're gonna taste like sheet.
     
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  11. Jimjohson

    Jimjohson Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Georgia

    probably, but nothing ventured...
     
  12. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    Drink it, video it, and youtube it so that we can all see the facial expressions of either greatness or absolute terror!
     
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  13. Jesta384

    Jesta384 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012 California


    Best idea ever.
     
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  14. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (461) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I'd be shocked if St. Paulie's girl tasted good at all.
     
  15. mooseisloose

    mooseisloose Meyvn (1,116) Nov 16, 2005 Florida

    " My personal philosophy is if you have beer, mine-as-well drink it. " You are without a doubt a scholar of epic proportions. Chill the beers in question to the ideal temperature, then pop the tops, pour into a glass for a sense of security, then imbibe.
     
  16. mooseisloose

    mooseisloose Meyvn (1,116) Nov 16, 2005 Florida

    Well I guess you never met St. Paulies girl!
     
  17. Jimjohson

    Jimjohson Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Georgia

    Guess he didn't do it
     
  18. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (200) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    Invite a buddy over to funnel some beer, let him shoot the oldtimer down then if he survives you know it's ok. :)
     
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  19. drewmprs

    drewmprs Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2005 California

    updates?
     
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  20. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (448) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania


    Or he did and it killed him.
     
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