The longest you've aged a beer?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by AutumnBeerLove, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    What is the longest you have ever aged a beer? What was it? And would you do it again?

    I'm really contemplating on a beer to send someone that would be improved in say...21 years.
     
  2. skycracksopen

    skycracksopen Jul 12, 2012 Colorado

    I still have some 14 year old Lees Harves Ale. I open one every few years. Delicious.
     
  3. Kuemmelbrau

    Kuemmelbrau Aug 2, 2008 Louisiana

    a bottle of 1953 coronation beer from john smiths.... tastes like a great sherry
     
  4. raux

    raux Jul 18, 2011 Virginia

    I didn't age it but a very generous friend gave me a Rose de Cambrinus he'd been aging since 1996. Bottled '94.
     
  5. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

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    Traded this in few months ago- Lindemans kriek 1981.
    (please excuse my perverted brother in the picture)
     
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  6. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I finally opened a 1999 Blanche De Charleroi a few months ago. I bought in in 2010 but didn't realize the vintage until later. I've got a Gale's Prize Old Ale from 1996 I'm planning to open next year on my BDay.
     
  7. FreshmanPour77

    FreshmanPour77 Jul 25, 2009 Minnesota

    I have a Thomas Hardy 2006 and 2008 that I am keeping for when my kids turn 21. I hope they hold up with age!
     
  8. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    The longest I've personally held onto a bottle in my cellar is about 4 years I think, but I have older beers that started in someone else's cellar / storage. Oldest bottle I've consumed was a 21 year old De Neve Gueuze and it was great. 10+ year old JW Lees bottles have also still been very good. JW Lees and 3F OGV are what I've got stashed away for my daughter's 21st.
     
  9. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    I was thinking about picking something up for my nephew's 21st birthday as well. He's currently 6 months old. Any ideas on readily available beers that would hold up for 20.5 years? Bigfoot? Flying mouflan? WWS? 120 minute? Abt 12? La fin du monde? They'd be waxed and stored in pitch black at 55-60*
     
  10. shuntstout

    shuntstout Apr 2, 2010 New Mexico
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    just drank a 1998 Old Crustacean, was good, wondering if wax would have helped. It was aged at Rogue so im sure it was stored properly. however the 2004 blew it away. it was just amazing
     
  11. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    WWS and 120 would easily make 20yrs I think, they're so huge fresh they need a minimum of 5yrs IMO to be drinkable. I think anything JW Lee's could go the distance too. I've had 2003s and 1998s of various casks and loved them.
     
  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    That label is way better than what they use now.
     
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  13. DougOLis

    DougOLis Aug 15, 2008 California

    I get the sentimentality of it and I'll probably the do the same when I have a kid, but what are the odds that a 21 year old is going to enjoy a sour/RIS/barleywine/old ale? Guess I'll have to start training them ahead of their 21st.
     
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  14. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Personally the longest I have aged a beer is my 2007 Stone VE. I haven't tried it yet though. The oldest I have aged and consumed was a 2010 Stone VE (which was 200% improved over the original 10.10.10, which I hated) and I recently had a Feb 2011 DFH Palo Santo (about 20 months aged) and it was phenomenal (hard to determine because the original is so good but this was better I think)
     
  15. wisrarebeer

    wisrarebeer Jul 31, 2008 Wisconsin
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    1986 Thomas Hardy's. Purchased in 1986 and cellared for the last 26+ years. I drink only one a year if, and only if, the temp dips below 0 F.

    I would absolutely do it again. A 1988 TH is currently bidding on ebay for 40 GBP (approx. USD 63). But it's not about the $, it's the aging and patience.

    I also have 1986 SN Bigfoots. I drink those even less frequently than the TH.
     
  16. FreshmanPour77

    FreshmanPour77 Jul 25, 2009 Minnesota

    Curt, I would get a World Wide Stout! Had one that was 5 years old a couple of weeks ago and it was really good. That or 120 minute!.
     
  17. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Oldest I've had was 83 Dirty Horse and it was phenomenal.
     
  18. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Aug 30, 2012 California

    My longest is 3 years. Turned out well.
     
  19. AcE311

    AcE311 Nov 13, 2012

    I think longest is hmmm 3hours :)
     
  20. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Was it flat?
     
  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    The longest I've held onto a bottle when I bought it fresh, 11 years. Alaskan Smoked Porter 2001.
     
  22. bushbeer75

    bushbeer75 Aug 23, 2006 Michigan

    The longest I've aged a beer to date is 2006 North Coast Old Stock Ale [13.25 abv] I plan on holding some for at least 10 years...that is if my willpower holds up.
     
  23. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Had a 2003 Ommegang Three Philosophers in 2010 and it was an unreal drinking experience! Also had 2004 SA Chocolate Bock about a week later and it was friggin' fantastic! Really glad I have a bottle of that left!
     
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  24. shuntstout

    shuntstout Apr 2, 2010 New Mexico
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    it actually had a decent head, went away pretty quick but it came back with a swirl. I have a couple more, im curious to see if one of the other bottles got capped better. There was rust on the inside of the cap. Popped a 2003 and had to drain pour it the other day because it was so oxidized and metallic tasting. I guess it just depends on the bottle...
     
  25. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    If it had carbonation, it didn't leak. You'd know if the cap were leaky because it would be totally flat (corks too). Rusty caps can be avoided most of the time with wax as they're caused by external moisture.

    Also depends on storage conditions like light and temp. Are you keeping them in a fridge?
     
  26. shuntstout

    shuntstout Apr 2, 2010 New Mexico
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    No, I got them from Rogue so I assume they have been stored properly and I have had them in a ligit cellar since then. But I do think they should have waxed them.
     
  27. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Oldest I've had was a 15-year-old Delirium Tremens. And that was accidentally aged in the back of a liquor cabinet when my dad mistook it for liquor.

    Needless to say, it was great, abiet a little oxidized.

    The oldest I possess right now is a 2006 DFH Port. And honestly, my patience is waning.
     
  28. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    I have a 2006 Samuel Adams Imperial white given to me as a gift
     
  29. jonneh

    jonneh Feb 20, 2006 Connecticut

    2003 Sam Utopias, coming up on 10yrs now.
     
  30. peteinSD

    peteinSD Apr 25, 2010 California

    longest i've personally kept is a bottle of 06.06.06 but i have enjoyed a bottle of '01 Cantillon LP Gueuze with about 10 years on it and the beer was absolutely amazing.
     
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  31. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Are you just aging it or have you opened it? Many people have opened theirs and consumed a little at a time for like 5-10 years, I was just wondering if you opened yours how your experience was. I just opened my 2012 but plan on finishing it in 2022.
     
  32. youradhere

    youradhere Feb 29, 2008 Washington
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    I have an '81 Thomas Hardys I'm waiting to open. Maybe next July?
     
  33. JustinQ

    JustinQ Nov 24, 2011 California

    WANT, not the doll tho haha
     
  34. Dol39fan

    Dol39fan Nov 23, 2008 California

    I did a Dogfish 120 IPA 7yrs. It was awesome. Totally different beer.
     
  35. allforbetterbeer

    allforbetterbeer Sep 26, 2009 Colorado


    What an awesome tradition. I want to be able to say the same sort of thing in 20 years.
     
  36. ypsifly

    ypsifly Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    I have a '91 Samichlaus just waiting for the right moment. I also have 5 bottles of Bell's Ecentric Ale from the mid '90s. I found a sixer a few years ago that had spent well over a decade lost in the back of the beer cooler. It has held up very well and I will crack another on New Years.
     
  37. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    I have some very old beer, but I really only started collecting about 5 years ago, and still have quite a few from that first year.
     
  38. maxk

    maxk Nov 8, 2008 Massachusetts

    Oldest I have right now is a Stone 10.10.10 but I traded for and recently opened an Abyss 2010. I've got a 2011 DFH 120 Minute that I'm hoping will make it a decade.
     
  39. peteinSD

    peteinSD Apr 25, 2010 California

    how would you describe it with 7 years on it? i'm curious. i had a fresh batch at strong ale festival @ PP Carlsbad last year and I was pretty impressed at the hop pungency and drinkability but i could see it being a totally different beast with what the years could do to all that malt.
     
  40. Salix

    Salix Nov 16, 2012 Minnesota
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    I've been sitting on this beer since 2001, been in the fridge since then in the box, don't know what to expect or when i'll ever drink it.

    [​IMG]
     
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