A 170-Year-Old Beer From a Shipwreck Gets a Taste Test

If you’re one of those drinkers who see beer tasting as a culinary challenge, we’ve got an alcoholic Tour de France for you: a bottle of brew that’s been sitting on an ocean floor for 170 years. 

Divers found two bottles of a champagne and beer mix in a shipwreck off the coast of Finland back in 2010. Scientists estimate that the bottle had been sitting in the wreckage for the last 170 years. Unfortunately, the unholy concoction inside of it can’t be tested by human tongues because it’s sour enough to make your mouth permanently pucker shut but chemists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland found out what it tasted like when it was consumable. 

Weirdest beer fridge ever.

First, they tested the smell with their own noses and described it as a Devil-may-care mix of “autolyzed yeast, dimethyl sulfide, Bakelite, burnt rubber, over-ripe cheese, and goat, with phenolic and sulfury notes.” If we knew what half those words meant, we’d probably be vomiting by now. 

Then they broke down the molecular mixtures of both bottles of booze by separating the individual compounds and “accelerating them through an electric field” in order to “figure out their molecular composition,” according to Gizmodo. The chemical analysis found that it originally had a much sweeter and fruitier note with high concentrations of ingredients such as rose, sweet apples and green tea. So it sounds like these chemists may have discovered history’s first girl drink. 

We’re a little concerned that machines are so much better at beer tasting than their human counterparts. Of course, we don’t mind them taking our jobs that involve tasting our more fossilized beers but they better stay away from the ones that involve drinkable beer for the time being. 

Source: Gizmodo