The Oldest Beer You've Had

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Sneers, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. beerFool28607

    beerFool28607 Feb 22, 2012 North Carolina

    How was that experience?

    Is that a typo?
     
  2. boMD

    boMD Feb 8, 2009 Oregon


    I only had maybe 2oz of it since it was shared. It was drinkable. Definitely oxidized, and some sweetness. Given that it has been three years since I drank it, that's really all I can remember.
     
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  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Probably ;) ... the post-Repeal Ballantine Burton Ale was brewed only twice, on May 12th of 1934 and again on May 12, 1946. (It was bottled up until the year 1966 or so.)
     
  4. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Brasserie Belle-Vue Gueuze from 1981.

    It was good, not great. Super oxidized, but had a nice amount of funk and sourness.
     
  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Good bloody grief, why didn't I check my bottle???? Brewed May 12, 1946, bottled in December 1956.
     
  6. ontherocks

    ontherocks Mar 4, 2008 Georgia

    It was probably the 1946. Sorry for the typo.
     
  7. slimjim871

    slimjim871 Nov 25, 2011 Pennsylvania

    At a recent Trappist beer tasting we split and 18 year old bottle of Rochefort 10, it was fantastic. We had it right after a 2 year old Westy 12 and the Rochefort blew it away.

    In 2009 we did;
    One year old Palo Santo, very good, one year mellowed it nicely
    1999 Thomas Hardy's (last year of Eldridge Pope), one of the best beers I've had.
    1994 SA Triple Bock, should have just poured it. Split a bottle three ways and none of us could finish.
     
  8. brewseum

    brewseum Nov 11, 2004 Minnesota
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    Lets see, we have a chapter of collectors (advertising,breweriana) that have an annual Christmas tasting. Its a yearly mission to bring the OLDest beer to share. Last year it was a 1940-ish Western Brew from Sioux City,Iowa.
    It had evaporated down to the neck, was black and chunky...and the opener went THROUGH the cap when opened. Two guys toasted and tipped it back. It smelled of moldy basement with a vomit-like body.There was a Billy beer (1983) a Grain Belt that was IRTP (a tax statement required on labels before 1951) and a few other 1970's vintages, none of them had mellowed or improved. In fact, one of the guys dipped his cup into the "dump bucket" (as he does every year) and drank THAT.

    I have a 79 Thomas Hardy's, 1983 Old Foghorn, 94 Cuvee Rene and an 85 Lindemann's Kriek in my cellar currently.
     
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  9. Creetoper

    Creetoper Jul 7, 2011 Ohio
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    I had a 2006 Stone IRS last year that was pretty fantastic but not very interesting to talk about. The second oldest I've had was a Weyerbacher Twelve (brewed 2007) late last year that I found hiding out in the cooler of a relatively out of the way beverage store (though oddly enough this store has one of the best selections in the area). The coolers were equipped with neon lights so I imagine it was illuminated for the majority of its life.

    Just as Weyerbacher stated in their description, this was an extremely viscous barleywine. The mouthfeel was unlike anything I've ever had before. It was almost like syrup. I can't be sure as I have not tasted any other beers nearly this old aside from the IRS but I think it had succumbed to some level of oxidation. Either that or it was the rye malt coming through with unfamiliar spice. Overall it was very enjoyable. I just wish I hadn't decided to open it at 2am on the tail end of other beers.
     
  10. Kuemmelbrau

    Kuemmelbrau Aug 2, 2008 Louisiana

    1953 John smiths coronation ale- brewed to commemorate the crowning of queen Elizabeth!
    Definitely oxidized, but still holding strong in great caramel flavor- smooth and surprisingly delicious.
     
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  11. a77cj7

    a77cj7 May 7, 2010 South Dakota
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    2007 BCBS a few months ago - Good, but the 08 killed it.

    Have a 97 Triple Bock that i keep at the front of my cellar collection, will have to gather my tasting group for a go at some point. Not gonna lie, i'm kinda scared of it. Got it as an extra in a trade, still wondering if this is a awesome gift or an insult, lol.
    Chris
     
  12. Channel10Geuze

    Channel10Geuze Dec 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    2005 Brooklyn black Chocolate
     
  13. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
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    How was it? I have an '09 Brooklyn.
     
  14. JohnnyTightLips

    JohnnyTightLips May 30, 2009 Illinois

    Ha! The caption perfectly fits to your avatar.
     
  15. jerschwab

    jerschwab May 31, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)

    Had a 2000 Gale's Prize Old Ale this year. It was fantastic... quite memorable. From what I hear, these things are hit or miss. Cork was in good shape which was a good start.
     
  16. Channel10Geuze

    Channel10Geuze Dec 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    It was good, a little boozy though. Alot of dark fruits and more pronounced chocolate.. I still have a few left over in the cellar for a rainy day
     
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  17. tony32408

    tony32408 Sep 21, 2009 New York
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    I was just having a conversation fellow BA who told me the oldest beer he drank was a 1902 Bass Kings Ale. Seems like it would be quite an interesting experience to drink a 111 year old beer. What is the oldest beer you have ever consumed? Any from the 1800's still "floating" around?
     
  18. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I had one last year from 2006, does that count?
     
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  19. dsal89

    dsal89 Jul 6, 2008 Indiana

    Im guessing there will be quite a bit Tom Hardys in this thread
     
  20. infi

    infi Apr 4, 2009 New York
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    '97 Triple Bock. An experience in itself.
     
  21. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    A few years ago this happened - http://seattlest.com/2007/08/13/500000_for_1_bo.php

    If the owner has still not opened it (I assume they would have no intention of doing so) then it is still the oldest known sealed bottle of beer.
     
  22. phanlon

    phanlon May 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Pfft. The 1902 sucked. 1901 was WAY better.
     
  23. tony32408

    tony32408 Sep 21, 2009 New York
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    I bet it was an experience. The last review of this beer is hilarious! - "In closing, my friends, and I do call you, dear reader; my friend. I recommend you drink this beer, this beer is like attaining reverse-nirvana it is truly so vile and, if sentient, hate-filled that the experience cannot fully be explained and contains a level of beer enlightenment unattainable through any other method. In the words of Frederich Nietzsche 'That which does not kill you only makes you stronger' this beer is those words distilled, or fermented rather, into liquid form."
     
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  24. infi

    infi Apr 4, 2009 New York
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    Haha, that is spot on! It definitely has some existentialism implications. One of those 'bucket list'-type beers!
     
  25. Onenote81

    Onenote81 May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Back in '10 someone 'extra-ed' me an Anchor Special Christmas from '96. I like some age on those guys, but 14 years was a bit much. Pretty poor tasting beer.
     
  26. Retsinis

    Retsinis Sep 25, 2009 California
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    Yeah I tried a 1997 Triple bock too, vile. Oxized, cardboard, spoiled plum soy sauce. Also tried a 1964 wine once last year, also, vinegar. Not to say things can't age that long, but whose to say how these things were stored. Friend of mine also shared a 4 year old Four Loko last summer (poured into a Cantillon bottle) ...another experience, haha.

    Oldest beer I had early last spring that I can recall as being great, was Wooden Hell, sublime, wow.
     
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  27. SanDiegoBeerLove

    SanDiegoBeerLove Sep 20, 2009 California
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    My oldest was a 1986 Bottle of Chimay Blue. This was in Belgium and I could have had an older one.
     
  28. GrumpyOldTroll

    GrumpyOldTroll May 5, 2012 New Jersey

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  29. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris May 28, 2010 California
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    About to get a 97 Triple Bock in a trade soon. Can't...wait...
     
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  30. kojevergas

    kojevergas Aug 15, 2010 New York
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    1978 La Trappe Amber at Kulminator. I recently had an early '90s Bigfoot as well. More recently, I had a '94 Triple Bock and a '99 Thomas Hardy's. A while back, I had Westvleteren 6 at Akkurat. I've yet to have a beer older than five years that was better than it would have been with 5 years or less. If Thomas Hardy's didn't do it for me, maybe I just don't like vintage.
     
  31. codasnap52

    codasnap52 Jan 24, 2008 Connecticut
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    1996 Bigfoot at the EBF last year...still damn good!
     
  32. stayclean

    stayclean Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Nothing too crazy, just a handful of those '03 (and another handful) Aventinus bottles that they age.
     
  33. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    2003 Stone Vertical
    2001 3F Lou Pepe

    Thats about it.

    Cheers!
     
  34. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Buddy traded his Loerik for a '63 for his 50th bday this year. Loerik was off the shelf from Binny's.
     
  35. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    I had a '78 or '77 Old Foghorn in the early 2000s. Don't remember much about it, so it's safe to assume it wasn't terrible or great. It was pretty cool to drink. I was born in 79 and I don't know many people who have had a beer older than them.
     
  36. GallowsThief

    GallowsThief Aug 3, 2010 Florida
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    In 2011, I had an 1985 Westmalle that Brabander was kind enough to send my way. It still tasted pretty solid though was certainly much more mellow then a newly bottled one.
     
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  37. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Aug 30, 2012 California


    This is mine as well.
     
  38. DeDolle

    DeDolle Jul 7, 2007 United Kingdom (England)

    Bourgogne de Flandres - at least 57 years old (that's when the brewery in Bruges shut down)
     
  39. jmgrub

    jmgrub Nov 20, 2010 California

    1987 Thomas Hardy's as of right now, but I have a 1986 I need to crack soon as well. Others include 1991 de Neve Gueuze (thanks Mrbubbler), 1996 Anchor OSA, early 90's Traquair House Ale, 97 Triple Bock (am I the only person who thinks this is a decent beer, especially given the age). I love drinking old beers-it's like drinking a piece of history, a cool connection to the past-and I hope I get to try lots more. Bass King's and Prince's Ale-you are both on my tradar.
     
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