Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 edition. A whopping 13.25%, which made the Aventinus Eisbock I drank earlier seem like a wussy beer. (Side note: We came up with the idea of a Bavarian Car Bomb which is a shot of Stroh 80 dropped into an Aventinus Eisbock and chugged. No oneís ever had the sac to try it but if anyone out there is brave enough and actually lives through the experience, please let me know.)
Figgy, pruney, anisey. Sweet just past the point of cloying. Definitely needs to be laid down for at least a year or two. Ideally this beer would be served in an EKU 28 snifter as a nightcap when young. Oh, and the labeling is slightly altered with a more yellowed background this year.
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a delight
many differnt flavors in this one. and the aroma is to die for
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasn’t aware of the high (12.5) of this beer until the first drink. It has a good body and a great flavor. A slight alcohol burn, less than I would expect fot the high level.
glenD (30) - - DEC 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 Vintage in a bottle. Iím an ale kind of guy. This ale is just wrong. It pours a very cloudy dark caramel color. The taste is mostly alcohol with a mild bread aftertaste. Itís a beefy 11.7% and it aint playing. My only afterthought is at least it doesnít taste like a barley wine. Itíll get you drunk but there are better high percentage ales out there. North Coast has become on of my favorite breweries, but they missed the mark on this one. Maybe I got a bad batch...
ericwill99 (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'm celebrating tonight with with this fine Old Stock. It very possibly will taste better in a few years, but I'm enjoying this rich and malty beer tonight. I might like a little more hops to balance with the malt, but that might be the next beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tpseabird (29) - Dickinson, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice dark amber. Nearly no aroma. Taste is dusty with a strong alcohol finish. Feel like Iím drinking a bottle of rubbing alcohol with a hidden malt finish. Not balanced and not smooth.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
picked up a 4pk. of the new í06 old stock and was pleased with the new packaging colors. the nice warm sunflower/british kakai catches the eye. second item of note- this year the abv weighs in at a nigh staggering 13.25 %. was this perhaps once a part of the avery demons of ale series? so, here we go. poured it into a nice, frosty, straight from the freezer mug...and if you are still taking me seriuosly than congratulations, you have exposed yourself as a beer geek fraud. goblet-style all the way on this tasty mothaí. so, rich, malty, deep aroma, capped with slight licorice character. body was a wonderful deep tawny hue with very slight creeping effervecense. flavours of obvious malt sweetness, deep pit fruits, vanilla dancing on the perimeter, finishing smoothly and with wisps of molasses. mmm. what i think is the stand-out quality of this offering is the incredible balance- the alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of near aninimity for such a strong beer while the rest of the experience flows with the grace of a ballet dancer (like one of those human greyhounds would ever disrespect their underdeveloped frames with something this decadent). cheers again to the masters at north coast.
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
ugh, are all North Coast brews this strong??? this one was like Cherry Robitussin on speed... another cough curative, sinus clearing, throat burner but with a strong fruitflavor that made it slightly better than Old Rasputin but not much. ouch.
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown- very strong alcohol aroma. Rich flavor with a very malty finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a high-gravity beer.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just donít like barleywines, but I wasnít that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.