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170-year-old shipwreck beer smells like goat

By T.K. Randall
March 11, 2015 · Comment icon 9 comments



Would you drink 170-year-old beer ? Image Credit: US Navy/Christopher Perez
Scientists have analyzed bottles of beer that were discovered in a wreck at the bottom of the ocean.
Found submerged 50 meters below the surface of the Baltic Sea, the 170-year-old brew went down with a schooner that sunk near Finland's Aland Islands in the 1840s.

A few years ago a team of divers went down to explore the wreck and managed to retrieve two of the beer bottles, one of which broke after they'd got it to their boat. An adventurous crew member dared to take a swig of the seawater-infused beverage and maintained that it did taste vaguely the way it was supposed to.
Scientists who later examined the beer claimed that it smelled like "autolyzed yeast, dimethyl sulfide, Bakelite, burnt rubber, over-ripe cheese, and goat, with phenolic and sulfury notes."

Despite the seawater dilution the color was described as "bright golden yellow, with little haze".

The aged drink however is unlikely to be considered a delicacy any time soon.

Source: Popular Science | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by moon tide 8 years ago
That'd taste more like goat ass wouldn't it? That's a goat crossed with an ass.
Comment icon #2 Posted by karmakazi 8 years ago
Ehhhh....fresh beer tastes like goat to me as it is.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Father Merrin 8 years ago
Buds secret recipe found
Comment icon #4 Posted by theotherguy 8 years ago
I think beer tastes like goat anyway. Bitter, soapy, sour goat. As far as I'm concerned, beer is a waste of good water.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Foil Hat Ninja 8 years ago
Unfortunately, 170-year-old goats do not smell like beer. Even worse, I would have volunteered to drink it too, and I would have finished it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Joke-Train 8 years ago
goat flavered beer! yum!
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Ehhhh....fresh beer tastes like goat to me as it is. You must not have had a finely crafted German beer like St. Paulie Girl. Then again, since I've never eaten goat, who knows.
Comment icon #8 Posted by karmakazi 8 years ago
You must not have had a finely crafted German beer like St. Paulie Girl. Then again, since I've never eaten goat, who knows. A friend of mine made a home brew pumpkin beer, which was slightly palatable... but other than that I haven't tried any "good" beers that I know of. I don't drink often, and when I do it's usually wine coolers or something like long island iced tea.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Odds 8 years ago
I'd probably still drink it, you know, for science.


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