BeerIndustry98 (15) - , California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured out and settled with a deep dark amber brown color and a flat head. Aromas toasted malt and sweet syrup become present however the taste differs. There are sweet banana and roasted malt notes that are subdued from the overwhelming alcohol presence. Has an Imperial IPA or barley wine quality with a very thick body, sticky mouth feel and a toasted finish. Although it has a slightly unpleasant medicinal taste as well between the first sip and finish. I’d prefer North Coast’s “Old Rasputin” over this one.
BadRed (15) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bottle from systembolaget. Dark red color, fruity aroma, very rich awesome taste with cherry notes.
killerK (14) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
personaly the best beer out there. Has an amazingly smooth but full and flavorfull taste. At first i was expecting a hoppier even bitter taste, but instead found a full bodied malty and creamy taste that almost fell off my tongue. It actually overwhelms your taste buds and then just stops. nothing like it and you will almost be let down that it isnt bitter or hoppy because you are always thinking this beer has to be harsh at 12%. incredible.
london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I recently drank a 2002 and 2006 Old Stock side by side (in Jan. ’08). The difference is remarkable. I suppose I should be rating the ’06, since that’s closer to what people will be drinking straight out of the stores, but I can’t bare to rate such an inferior product. While there were many similarities (I’m not sure if the recipe has remained unaltered or not, but they certainly taste as if they were at least similar recipes), and the ’06 tasted like something that could some day develop into the ’02, the various flavors of the ’06 are so much more rough and aggressive, while the ’02 has allowed them to mellow and intermingle, resulting in a much rounder, more subtle combination of flavors. I cannot recommend aging this beer enough. I still have a bottle of the ’02 and the ’06, and plan and trying them with the ’08 in ’10.
LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 year. Yes I know I pulled the trigger way to early on this one but really I was extremely happy with it.
The aroma is fantastic butterscotch, dried pineapple, a bit of booze.
The appearance great color, minimal carbonation reddish copper hue no head virtually at all
Taste malt sweetness followed with a nice brushing of hops to chase it and then back to the lingering malt and slight boozy warmth. This beer hides it’s ABV VERY well.
The mouth feel is right on with what I expect of an English style Barley Wine right down to the slightly sticky lips after.
Loved this version. Still not sure I would shell out the crazy $26 a 500ml bottle for the Anniversary but this will be sought after by me from now on!
drewcnelson (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just drink this! Could use a few months to mellow but you probably won’t be able to wait. Complex,sweet and biting. the alcohol is up front and in control like a barleywine should be.
BULLREB1024 (13) - USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW This is a beer. It made me realize what a light weight I am. Beer pour a beautiful clear caramel color. with a thick off cream head. Beer smelled great, it had strong hints of caramel, very robust. Beer Tasted great kind of like a golden ale. A good Beer with dinner
bluesickboy (13) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Reddish brown in color and quite hazy. Flavors of fruit, malt and toffee. Nice blend flavors hide high alc. well.
droyer (12) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely need to cellar this. Tasted a bottle of the 2009 vintage and it was still a little too sweet. Very good potential though.
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05 bottle, poors a deep copper apple cider, nose is very resiny and a little toffee. Nice abrupt head that lingers. Taste is too complex but is well rounded, not too malty with just the right amount of finishing hops. Sticky residue left on tounge with a warm finish reminding you that this beer packs a punch, but oh so smooth for a 11.4%. Damn good.