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Old 08-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #1
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First off I admit my wife and I are packrats.

I was searching for some empty bottles to get ready for my next batch of homebrew and in my laundry room I found a couple of cases of old homebrew and store bought beer from before we moved into our house.

They were all large beers.

Homebrew was an Imperial Stout.
Microbrew : Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 1997, Sierra Nevada Celebration 1997,1998,2000 & Brimstone Big Ale.

So far I've drank the Imperial Stout and the 2000 Celebration Ale.

I barely remember making the Stout but was pleasantly surprised how well it held up.

The Celebration Ale was much as I remembered with almost an evergreen essence to it.

Anyone else drinking old beer?

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Old 08-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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I still have two Sam Adams Triple Bocks from 97' in my cellar. I'm yet to drink any, but I hear they taste like soy sauce and cat butt.

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Old 08-11-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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In the Dec 07 Zymurgy Charlie Papazian reviewed bottles of homebrew going back to the first AHC competition that he had stored, and none of them went bad, some had not held up but most of them he felt were awesome...We're talking over 20 years worth of beers.

Me personally I believe the longest homebrew I have tasted was about a year and a half old. I have a pumpkin ale that I will have the last one this fall, that will be 2 years old. I did the 1 year old one last Halloween, so I am looking forward to trying the other one.

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they taste like soy sauce and cat butt.
Sounds like a restaurant down the street for my house...


Returning the OP, the oldest homebrew I've drank was an extract nut brown I made in 2004. And it tasted as horrid as I remember it being.

The beer was about 4 years old.
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I still have two Sam Adams Triple Bocks from 97' in my cellar. I'm yet to drink any, but I hear they taste like soy sauce and cat butt.
I have two from '94. I've had a few over the years, but not recently. Not quite like soy sauce and cat butt-- more like a heavy maple flavor with lots of vanilla notes. Very thick, too. I might crack one open this fall some time.

I also have one bottle of mead left from my first ever batch in '94... I'll probably drink that later this month.

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Old 08-12-2009, 01:55 AM   #7
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I made a horrible honey wheat >10% abv, there was so much honey. Didn't control my fermentation temperature way back then, and it was bad, bad, bad. 2 or 3 years later (I don't remember for sure) and it was darn good. (Not what I would have expected from a wheat, but with that much alcohol, I guess it aged better than it otherwise would have.)

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Probably around 7 or 8 years old. It was one of my first batches and was funky to begin with.

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Oldest homebrew...1 year old extract chocolate stout.
Oldest commercial...1997 Triple bock and yes, soy sauce and cat butt, heavy on the cat butt.

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Returning the OP, the oldest homebrew I've drank was an extract nut brown I made in 2004. And it tasted as horrid as I remember it being.

The beer was about 4 years old.
Thats weird, the oldest beer I have is an extract nut brown that we made in 2003. However I finished mine off about a month ago and it was AMAZING! Of couse different beers age differently however this one tasted horrible when we bottled it and I just happened to keep two in my fridge. Good times.
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