SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. pours murky brown-copper, no head. caramel and fruit aromas. Dry initial flavor (alcohol) followed by mellow, smooth, medium bodied sweetness.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft 2002 version. Poured a dark cloudy color with no head. Strong fruit smell with an heavy aroma of peach. A nice cold nite warm you up beer.
madvermin (86) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer appeared a gorgeous deep, dark maroon/brown, but had the most fizzy, soda-pop like head I have seen in a long time - that just didnít do it for me. Smells of raisin, sweet wheat and dark fruit, specifically dates. The taste follows, with a nice raisin sweet start, a malty dark fruit/date middle, and some booze heat to finish. The heat is well done, with just enough to get the job done. I also got a hint of vanilla near the end which was quite pleasant; it wasnít much, but it was there. Mouthfeel is good, with the carbonation helping to bring out the vanilla in particular. Syrupy coating after a swallow nice as well, to go with the sticky texture. Drinkability is pretty good for an 11% abv beer, but the tastes can become a jumble after a bit. One single of this guy is the right amount.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from notes....08 batch on tap at gman fort worth. pours a plumish brown smell is strawberries and plums and oak. taste is of white grape juice and hidden alcohol very intrestin to say the least
jongo (85) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I just donīt get it. 2010 bottle. Pours brown-amber with big tan foam. Aroma is earthy, caramel, chocolate, eggy and alcohol. Taste is quite high sweetness, dark fruit, butterscotch and alcohol. Body isnīt as full as one could expect. Or is it just the alcohol that comes threw and makes it feel thiner. Palate is sticky and have some slickness to it if you get pass the alcoholic finish that overpowers any hoppiness. Soft carbonation. OVERALL: Too alcoholic tasting, the alcohol totally dominates the flavorprofile in this Barley Wine. And Iīm not one to shy away from high alcohol beers but it should be masked by, first malt or even hops. And any low flavor of alcohol should only add to other flavors. This might be a beer for strickly cellering but how much better can it get when itīs crap somewhat fresh.
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle 2008. Pours a reddish-brown with an average, fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, a tiny bit hoppy, and a little plum. Flavor is sweet with a bit of a bitter finish. It is very warming on the palate with light alcoholic finish. Warms very well, first barley wine. Good experience.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy interesting, but probably does need to age a bit for the flavors to mellow. Pours reddish brown with thin head, really no lacing. Aroma is cinnamon raisin bread with a tinge of alcohol. Full-bodied, coats the mouth with caramel/molasses flavors. Intense malt, maybe a touch of spice and again a bit of alcohol once it warms. I enjoyed it, but am interested to see what it does with time.
ericwill99 (82) - 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.
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blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage. Poured with a small, slightly off white head. Little hop aroma. Some carmel and toffee notes in the aroma. Lotís of raisin flavor and big upfront bitterness. Strong Alcohol. This one should age well. Definitely need to lay this one down for a year or two.