This 125-Year-Old Beer Found at the Bottom of a Harbor Tastes ‘Meaty’ and Smells Awful

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Researchers have sampled a century-old beer found at the bottom of Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia for the sake of science
Who would have thought that century-old beer at the bottom of the sea would taste funky?

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Who would have thought that century-old beer at the bottom of the sea would taste funky?

After discovering a 125-year-old green glass bottle filled with Alexander Keith’s beer at the bottom of Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, researchers metaphorically held their noses, cracked open the bottle, and sampled it “for science.” The century-and-a-quarter-year-old beer is an IPA that was resurrected last year by amateur treasure hunter and scuba diver Jon Crouse, who found the stash in three meters-deep water, according to CTV News.

Although Crouse refused to taste the amber contents of the bottle, he enlisted local bar owner Chris Reynolds and professor Andrew Macintosh, who specializes in fermentation research at Dalhousie University, to sample the beer.

"It tasted surprisingly good, and surprisingly like beer," Reynolds said mentioning the acidic notes with hints of cherry and oak.

Meanwhile Macintosh was less than enthused about the seawater swill:

He said it had an “odd meaty flavor” and a smell that was “not altogether pleasant,” but was not concerned that the beer, despite its advanced age and underwater storage place, would make him sick. The alcohol and pH level would keep any harmful pathogens at bay, even under three meters of water.

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