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.
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.
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful Reddish brown color with a little head. Nice cherry arroma. Tastes very very sweet. Like decadent sweet fruits or a fine wine. Maybe just a little too sweet for my taste. Deap alcohol burn on the finish. This beer makes a great lead in as it prepares your Palate for your favorite Belgian Quad.
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.
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 vintage, have had the 2006 as well and was a big fan. Pours with excellent head and deep amber color. Aroma is rather unremarkable, but the flavor is rich, almost syrupy for lack of a better term. The only thing Iíve had remotely similar was the Dogfish 120min IPA. Iím hooked and will be waiting for the 2008 vintage to show up. Iíll be saving a few for 2010.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
HUGE, thick, golden-amber hued head that stays nice and long. A sweet aroma with elements of cinnamon, citrus and mixed fruit. This ale is seriously fun to drink. It tingles the tongue and fills the sinuses with a nice touch of alcohol. Hops are all over the place ans itís warm and sticky in the mouth. Iím down.
FuryHUH (26) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike any ale Iíve ever had, with a delicious malt presence. One of the few beers Iíve had that has successfully used the taste of alcohol in a way that works with the flavor of the beer, rather than against it. Not quite as strong of an alcoholic bite as what Stone might have, but more of a delectable undertone. I drank it without aging, and based on the quality of drinking experience right off the bat, Iím seriously inclined to acquire more and let it mature.
wajacobs (26) - USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I look forward to the release of old Stock every year and the 2010 release did not dissapoint. Caramel and toffee and toasty notes dominate this beer and it seems more refined and smoother than previous releases.
This beer is excellent now and I expect it will only get better with some time.