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Old 04-20-2007, 03:53 AM   #1
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I'm sure this thread has been done, but my feeble searching didn't turn it up...what's the oldest of your beers that you've (a) consumed or (b) still have on hand?

I have one remaining bottle of Invisible Blizzard Imperial Stout, which was brewed in the winter of 1996-97. Records incomplete (actually, this is the only one missing frm the log), exact date unknown, but the batch prior was Nov 96, and following was Mar 97. One of my first (and few) artial mash brews...I remember being awestruck by the amount of grain I was stuffing into that cooler. The beer's moved with me at least 5 times, and seems none the worse for it. I had the next-to-last bottle during a brew a few weeks back...still damn tasty. Hints of oxidation, poor head retention (which it always suffered) but silky smooth, balanced and yummy.

I'm reluctant to crack the last one...I've lost the recipe, so it will be the end of the line for Invisible Blizzard. I'm thinking I might crack it open next week when I brew a barleywine, and dump maybe an ounce into the boil, for posterity. Then I'll hang on to one of those for 10 years...

Anyway, what's your oldest?

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:19 AM   #2
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I just recently drank the very last one of my first brews ever. It would have been two years old next week I think.

It was a stout, and it was suprisingly drinkable. Not "good", but drinkable.

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:31 AM   #3
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If you count wine, I have some that's about 3 years. For beer, my oldest is 3 months and that's a couple bottles that were overflow stock, the keg blew a couple months back.

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:43 AM   #4
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Oldest one I've drank is about 4 months. Age definitely improves the flavor! I have some 7 month old pumpkin ale, but I was planning on sending it off to the in-laws as a gift.

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Old 04-20-2007, 05:35 AM   #5
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Oldest beer I have on hand is one last bottle of "Double Indemnity" Belgian Double, 3.5 years old. Next is "Edmund Gwen" Grand Cru at 2.5 years old.

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Old 04-20-2007, 02:26 PM   #6
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I just raided the closet and pulled out a couple oldies..

Coffee Stout #1 6/8/2006
Oatmeal stout 6/26/2006

They were great!!

Really...I can't see the point in keeping beers for 2-3 years before drinking. Sure it'll probably be drinkable, but its definitely past its peak. You're just letting good beer go bad at that point.

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I still have some 2003 Old Bog water in the keg. A bit of a cheat, as 8 ounces of Peat-smoked barley made it undrinkable for the first year. Nothing older, because before then guzzleboy was still alive and he could float a keg in two weeks.

[The 1909 Mild is the recipe's origin, not when I brewed it.]

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Really...I can't see the point in keeping beers for 2-3 years before drinking. Sure it'll probably be drinkable, but its definitely past its peak. You're just letting good beer go bad at that point.
I keep hearing the complete opposite about high gravity beers: Imperial whatevers, doppels, tripels, barley wines.
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Old 04-20-2007, 02:48 PM   #9
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My SWMBO and her brother don't drink as much as I do, so I like to bring them a generous supply of my beer. They then hide it from me and about 3 months later, I get to have one of the last few.

I don't have that much self control.



Random aside: I am sampling my Special Orange Bitter at 9:45am. I should have my Maibock bottled sometime around noon, then it will be off to the LHBS to drop off a sample of my SOB for critiquing, then I'll be brewing a sweet stout for SWMBO and picking up a few supplies to further lock myself into a recipe for my barleywine which will be the next beer I brew.

I'll be getting all new tubing due to a few recent infections. I'll also be using my GIGANTIC O2 bottle for the first time (20 years' worth of O2, they say) and my aeration stone, and I've stepped up to a 1/2" autosiphon (the smaller one will be reserved for bottling only, where I don't need the wort moving so fast. I'm also going to be getting my groove on with my newly created CFC. This will be an interesting brew session, though the long line of new gizmos have me a bit overwhelmed, to be honest....


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Old 04-20-2007, 03:20 PM   #10
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I was under the impression that big beers such as dark belgians, etc, etc... they peaked somewhere around 9 months. I know it was on a PDF article I read somewhere that had some super graph.

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