Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage, 12 oz bottle in snifter. Cloudy, rusty dark amber pour with just a thin ringer of slightly off-white head. Boozy, fruity aroma with a lot of caramel and toffee character. Notes of figs, prunes, strawberries, and bready malts. Flavor is still boozy, though less so than I remember from when I first bought it about 9 months ago. Slightly oxidized flavor that faded as it warmed. More fruity than I remember. Picking up a big strawberry note for some reason, along with the plum and toffee. Finish is sweet with a burnt sugar aftertaste. Still a little hot. Palate is thick and chewy. This one seems to have aged pretty well in its year in the basement. Much less alcohol burn, and more fruity esters have developed.
spujr (24) - - MAY 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No overwhelming flavor, nice and balanced on malt and flavor throughout. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy. No heat from the alcohol.
SKCwillie (28) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma. Sweet fruit after taste which seems hide the dryness you’d expect in a 12% beer. Really pleasant, really complex flavors. Very enjoyable.
tfontana (78) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Drinkery, Derry NH. Aroma is strong--could smell it from over a foot away! Smell is complex of malt, fruit, alcohol, yeast. Appearance is beautiful, clear, dark red amber with champagne-like sparkling. Mild, 1/2 finger width creamy off-white head with nice crackling sound from a distance. Pretty insignificant lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with fruity sense and only the mildest alcohol detected at the end (pretty well hidden 11.9%!). Palate is velvety creaminess, medium bodied with carbonation that gives it backbone until zippy kick at the tip of the tongue at the end. Finish is wet and moderately long fruitiness. Overall, there is soooooo much to like about this beer for all of the senses! Hard to find much fault.
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Old Stock Ale consumed on 4/16/15. Very hazy body. Looks sort of like a barleywine. Big aroma of dark fruits. Lots of raisin and plum flavor. Has the mouthfeel and maltiness of a barleywine. Pretty darn good with a few years on it.
miquelcrush (1703) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 Vintage, aroma i gust a dolços, recorda sobretot a caramel i amb un toc anissat.
2015 Vintage, aroma y sabor a dulces, recuerda sobretodo a caramelo y con un toque anisado.
maledictum (699) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark honey/burnt orange color. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, anise, raisin. Flavor of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, touch of anise. A sweeter beer, but well balance.
lillunken (40) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från 2012 från systembolaget. Underbar doft av dadlar, fikon och russin. Liknande smak med lite värmande alkohol i bakgrunden. Mycket god!
KansaiBeerLvrs (2865) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old stock ale 2013 a clear Amber with a big fruity aroma. The nose is fruity and boozy. Med-full bodied. The taste is oaky, vanilla boozy sweetness. The taste is oaky sweet vanilla.
CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of dark fruits, taste is dark fruit, malty, sweet, alcohol is well balanced, very good!
BRW (1360) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Biercab. Copper colour with small off-white head. Malt, caramel, dark fruits aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits taste. Medium to full body.