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.
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Vintage pours a deep red with a thin head that doesnít last long. Aroma is sweet maltiness and caramel with alcohol, not too much coming in the way of hops. Taste is much more sweet than bitter to balance out the booziness, was somewhat shocked to see the ABV was so high. Has a medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Overall this is a solid (but pricey) english barleywine, would be great to lay down a few bottles of each years vintage to do occasional vertical tastings.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2008 vintage consumed late Feb 09. A bit spicy. I noticed no yeast in the bottom of the bottle - a bit surprising for a bottle designed to age. I wonder if itís pasturized.I may try buying a few more and aging them.
ano1ridesthe19 (23) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many 4 packs over the years. Finally in Fort Bragg at the tap house. This has got to be one of the best strong ales out there. Huge hop flavor and heavy spice nose. Awesome red brownish color in the pour. North coast has been a true champion in brewing true high quality heavy duty craft beers year after year. If your going to the coast it is a must visit. Superb food, great people and the Mendocino coast, who could ask for more?
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol (reminds me of carmel). Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. I'll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.