UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005 bottle: Let it be known Iím not the biggest fan of the style. Enter the cloudy line where brandy and beer meet. Great looking beer, dark red, with tiny little bubbles underneath a tannish head. Simple smell of moldy brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and syrupy. Sugar dates, faint roasted malt, little bitter hops all topped off with a ton of brown sugar. Too sweet.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Bottle. 2008 Vintage. Just breaking into my first of two four packs from 2008 and it does not disappoint. Essentially a very traditional English style barleywine that is done exceptionally well. Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with almost no head. Huge malty nose with aromas of candied sugar, dark fruit, toffee and caramel. The flavor is malt dominated and has a bit of everything including rum cake, overly ripe plums, dates, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of raisin. Hops are subtle and used nicely to give just enough bitter kick to balance out all the malt flavors. Beautiful texture to this one that is slightly syrupy and viscous like every respectable barleywine should be. Finish is slightly fizzy and faintly warming. The 12.5% ABV is essentially imperceptible. Simply put Old Stock is the chronic and a must for every beer cellar.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002. This one held help nicely. Apple cider unfiiltered appearance. Caramel and fig with a slight hint of hop. Not as sweet as it once was- must have exhausted the yeast and begun to break down. This results in a dry and fairly clean finish. Glad I sat on it.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am growing to enjoy barley wines. This is one of the finer ones Iíve tasted.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Didnít know what to expect from this one at all. Aroma is sweet, almost like molasses. The head is very small, almost nonexistent in my glass, but the color is a nice deep amber. The taste is totally intense---sweet, almost cloying at times, with lots of malt and some hops too, but not as much as I expected. In that respect, this reminds me more of a concentrated Fullerís Vintage rather than something like Old Foghorn. In other words, I wouldnít know this was a barley wine unless someone told me. I expected much more hops here, especially given the commercial deScription. I love the taste, but yet I donít. To be honest, it reminds me of cough syrup---the strong, alcohol-based kind. I donít mean that in a bad way, believe it or not. In this mixture, it works, at least to a large extent. There isnít any really hoppy bitterness in this except a brief, sharp moment before the alcohol takes over and numbs everything. It only becomes sweeter as it warms, and a bit more viscous. I like it...alot...or maybe itís the alcohol talking from the bottle I just finished, but I definitely have not tasted anything quite like it before. An acquired taste, to be sure.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on tap, very nice. very very dark. great abv. malts definitely dominate this beer, but time to time that's good.
Eberndt (235) - - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle poured. Very dark and murky color. Tasted a little syrupy with some sort of fruit undertone.
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange, almost crimson pour with a rocky two and a half finger beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Thereís more carbonation that I was expecting, looks great in the glass. The aroma is a sweet malty bomb, big dark fruit esters, brown sugar, dark bread, sweet chocolate and of course alcohol booziness. On the tongue, I get big dark fruit flavors like fig, date, berries, cherry, caramel, slight citrus and chocolate in the back. I definitely taste and feel the alcohol, but itís not in an unwelcome way. Good complexity and something quite different from a lot thatís out there. North Coast are pioneers and one of the more under appreciated breweries out there.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004: Aroma of cotton candy, toffee, fig, citrus. Appears ruby-brown in color with a thin brown head that dissipates very quickly. Flavor is malty sweet with fruit and bread notes, very bitter on the finish, and with an overpowering taste of alcohol; I should have heeded the label and laid it down for a longer period. Palate is thick, chewy, and appropriate. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts and worthy of any cellar.
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the 2012 Otsuchi commemorative bomber. Aroma of molasses, apples, raisins and a hint of cotton candy. Gorgeous clear garnet beer with thin tan head. Medium to heavy sweetness. Strong but well placed alcohol. What a phenomenal collection of flavors in the finish. Raisin, molasses, leather, pipe tobacco, brown bread. Wow! The very full body is balanced by a fairly effervescent carbonation.