ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and I’m glad it didn’t. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; it’s not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesn’t quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. It’s actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, it’s still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
adster (554) - HUNGARY - NOV 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Klasszikus karakter hordozója, réz színű főzetünk minden ízében a hagyományok itala. A vékonyka habgyűrű már az alkoholfok mértékének tudatában sem meglepő, eleve örömteli, hogy egyáltalán van. Fűszeres illatai gyógynövénylikőrök karakterét villantják meg, akácméz és fahordó, bogyós gyümölcsök téli hangulata járja át a levegőt. Cukrozott paradicsomlés, fenyőgyantás, komló és maláta súlyától roskadozó ízvilága tagadhatatlan brit mondanivaló megnyilvánulása; pikáns jegyei klasszikusan elegáns, sokszínű és izgalmas tartalom kinyilatkoztatásai. Csakúgy, mint maga a műfaj, az Old Stock Ale is izgalmas és semmihez nem fogható, igazi különlegesség.
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little towards the sweet and yeasty side. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ffbot (140) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red brown in color, extremely minimal carbonation, tiny white circle of bubbles throughout. Smell of wood, cask, berries and fresh bread, wheat and clove. Taste is hugely wood, medium sweetness, complex balance of sweet and bitter, definitely one to savor.
arn8897 (244) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy copper color with a thin tan head. Aromas of caramel and malt. Taste the same with some alcohol warmth. Nice flavor. Thick palate. Nice lacing in the glass.
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015. Pours golden brown color with off white head which leaves a slight foam coating on the beer. Aroma is sweet like candy (caramel/vanilla toffee) and slight cherry. Somewhat light body with a slight stickiness. Complex and fantastic flavor. Drinks really easy for @12%. Nicely done!
UrbanCaveman (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle of 2012 edition, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, vaguely reddish brown, and forms a thin head of beige foam that rather quickly turns into a ring. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass.
Smell: At 3 years of age, the aroma is a bouquet of sweetness and malt, very caramel and molasses. Fig, plum, date, and the like swirl around in the scent as well, alongside a vague hint of booziness that seems less rum, more whiskey.
Taste: All the sweetness in the nose did not lie. This opens in a wash of dark stone fruit preserves slathered on bread and topped with molasses. A medicinal quality comes in as the beer moves along the palate, much like I’d imagine an early 19th-century cough syrup might have tasted like. Rusted iron notes appear as well, giving a metallic tang to shadow the syrupy sweetness, and there are bits of a burnt caramel-vanilla tone. An oaky and vinous tinge round out the flavor palate, and the aftertaste lingers as the molasses, preserves, and medicinal syrup.
Mouthfeel: Sticky is the first word that comes to mind, with minimal sharpness from carbonation rolling through a full-bodied beer.
Overall: A delicious old ale / English barleywine, which ages quite well.
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my second time enjoying a bottle of 2013 vintage Old Stock Ale. I look forward to trying the 2014 vintage. I had Pranqster last evening and have enjoyed Old Rasputin also. I am quite impressed with North Coast Brewing Co! This Old stock ale is excellent. The only score I didn’t top out was appearance...it is a bit cloudy in the glass and my preference is for a crystal clear appearance no matter to color tones...this one is a nice coppery color though cloudy. There is a very nice sweetness and absolutely no bitter at all. This combination will never fail to win me over big time.
Mortlach (1476) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours deep amber with a little off-white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, sponge cake, alcol. Flavour is medium to high sweet with a decent bitter end, complex, light astringency. Full body, medium carbonation. Very good.
shrubber85 (9465) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Woody toffee malt, cherry, and hay aroma. Hazy orange-brown color with small head. Sweet apple/cherry, toffee malt, and bitter hay/alcohol flavor. Body kind of light.
SuperTiti33 (821) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rousse. Fin collet. Très sucré. Caramel. Fruit sec. Datte. Raisin. Légèrement boisé. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Banane. Finale toffee. Excellente.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone