cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The taste is initially of very strong sweet malt with hints of spice then followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishing hops leave a nice taste in your mouth. Best Barley Wine I have tried to date. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...now this is what I’ve been waiting for. I bought six of these from our base liquor store. I’d never heard of North Coast before so initially it didn’t get my attention. I was curious, picked up a bottle and noticed the 11% ABV rating. That tweaked my interest a bit. Being a huge Rochefort (8 and 10) fan, I figured I’d give this a try. Got home, did some research and thought this looks pretty good. I was right. This is a damn fine beer. I don’t detect much hops in the aroma, but I do get a strong sweetness offset by a wonderful malt smell. The taste yields a nice, dominant sweet vanilla caramel feel....I like it..a whole bunch. What a contrast to Sierra's Bigfoot BW. I guess Old Stock can mellow, but believe me....the Bigfoot can use some mellowing. Bigfoot is way short on sweet, but big on hoppiness. There’s some hoppiness trying to get through, but it’s masked. I like the color---a reddish, brown caramel hue. Try as I might, I can’t induce any real head on the pour. The alcohol is evident in the taste, and aftertaste---a nice little burn. Hmm...any hops here? Yep, at the end....a nice hop bitterness---not slam in your face, but very appropriate. I have to note that this bottle was a bit too chilled. As it has warmed in my glass I’ve noticed an increased volume in all aspects. The hops are coming on more. The NC folks say age will do this ale good. Sounds great by me, but I doubt I can wait very long. A very, very, nice ale. I just ordered some NC Rasputin. I’m thinking I should get on it and order me some Old Stock ASAP. I’m sure there’s better ales in the Barley Wine category, but there ain’t a darn thing wrong with this one. Cheers!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep bronze with no head. Mild hoppy aroma and sweet. Woody notes on the tongue, along with caramel. spice, hops, and malt. Nice dry bitter finish, with a lingering aftertaste. More like an English version of a barley wine compared to some heavily hopped American ones.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 12 oz bottle from berkeley calif: Pours with virtualy no head at all. Aroma of berries and vanilla. no distinct characteristics except for the fruity smell. The alcohol is masked so well in the taste. Tastes like it smells, very vanilla laced. Macharoons. as well as coconut lacing. Goes down smooth, heavy on the aftertaste, but laced with good malt. overall, much different than a lot of other barley wines, not very hoppy, but the taste is magnifient...
Ungstrup (31462) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Vintage 2002] A red beer with no head. Both the flavor and aroma is sweet and dominated by cowberries.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004. I am officially an over rater. Sorry. Never trust me. First off this brew is 11.4 percent. How could it be bad? When you open the bottle it smells like you just walked into an old travelling medicine show from the wild west. Room and nostrils fils with the cakey sweet aroma of cough syrup, prunes and sweet sweet lovin’!!! Pour. Comes out like it was medicine for Ebola. Thick and runny on the glass. ZERO HEAD!!!! Which with a beer like this means no pretensions...she’s an honest gal. As I stab it with my nose I am overwhelmed with lust for this brew. I can smell the thickness. Press it to my mouth and my pants go crazy. Tatses of plums and raisins. Nyquil and vodka. Ohh I love you old stock. Tell me what to do and I as your slave will do it. Aftertaste lingers like feelings for your ex. Great brew...deep rich and not for the faint of heart.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage. Dark amber/brown coloured. Fruity and malty aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Very smooth and round mouthfeel.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle pours a nice rich mahogany with a quickly diminishing head virtually no lacing malt aroma and taste nice alcohol. enjoyed this beer and I agree with bov rating
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Russet coloured with a complex aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet taste and lots of alcohol, quite a lot of balancing bitterness with some leathery caramel notes but too much tongue-burning alcohol and a strange flabby caramel sweetness. If this was 8% it would be very good indeed, but there’s just too much alcohol for the beer to carry it off. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber clear with a small short lasting beige head. Deep burnt caramel and roast malt aroma with faint alcohol coming through as it warms. Smooth luscious body. Medium sweetness roast malt with a hint of smoked character at the start. Softer sweeter middle and finish with hop bitternes lingering nicely into the aftertaste. Alcohol extremely well masked.