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Old 10-03-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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Default 25 Year old Beer

in an ongoing effort to have enough bottles for all my beer I asked my Dad to keep is eye out for bottles. He called me today from our house in wisconsin and said he found 3 cases of Point bottles in the garage (Point is a brewery in Wisconsin) he said one of the cases was still full of beer.... they are 25 years old. should I try one? can it hurt me?

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:42 AM   #2
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I'm no doctor. But from what I recall, due to alcohol and hops. Beer rarely spoils if bottled w the right sanitation. Doesn't mean it will taste good though. Some beers are made to be drunk fresh. Others are meant for aging.

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:49 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's probably gone by now, but nothing there that could actually hurt you. (Aside from dead taste buds!)

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Old 10-03-2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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I would pop atleast one and taste it. Maybe tasting more as I pour them out.

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:08 AM   #5
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A very long story made very short:

My sister found some homebrew that she had made back in 1993 (17 years ago). 27 bottles of an Irish Stout, extract, Mountmellick Special Irish Stout or whatever and Alexander's Amber Extract, IIRC, are the labels found with it. This "find" was less than a month ago... they cracked one open, and ALL of them, even the friend that was with them - who is not much of a beer drinker let alone any kind of homebrewer or afficiando of any sort - declared that it was the perfect aroma, and the best tasting beer any of them ever had in their entire life. A very pleasant surprise for all.

My sister still won't let any of us forget what a "great" brewer she is... even though that was the last batch of homebrew she ever made! Now she's got the brewbug again, so that's a good thing.

Bottom line is, she and her friends were absolute fanatics about sanitation with every aspect, start to finish, of the entire brew process. I'd say it pays off huge.

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Old 10-03-2010, 12:54 PM   #6
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I once had a Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve, which I estimated to be approximately 10 to 15 years old. It didn't taste that great. A very brown suggary/coppery taste. It was weird.

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Old 10-03-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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My bro found a case of porter he made 14 years ago when cleaning out his basement. We chilled it for a day and it tasted fine. 25 years is a bit long, but then again--I thought 14 was too long also. As long as it's still pressurized and looks like beer (no mold or giant oyster looking things living in it) it's probably going to be OK. But after all, I am just some dude on the internet...

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Drank a Bud that was 5 years past its due date. Bad decision.

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I once had a Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve, which I estimated to be approximately 10 to 15 years old. It didn't taste that great. A very brown suggary/coppery taste. It was weird.
Not a very good beer even fresh, though (I lived in PDX for 9 years, and even in Vancouver, WA for a few months (over towards that Bell's brewpub or whatever the hell it's called, in the church).
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Not a very good beer even fresh, though (I lived in PDX for 9 years, and even in Vancouver, WA for a few months (over towards that Bell's brewpub or whatever the hell it's called, in the church).
Ah, never heard of it. I lived in Salmon Creek.

I recently moved to Liverpool. Let me tell ya, the beer selection here, compared to the Northwest...SUCKS. Even the "real ale" is rather unadventurous, and you can only get that in some pubs. IF you want bottled beer, it's basically...Carsberg, Stella, or Boddingtons. :/
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