cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage. The aroma on this beer sold me on itís merits before it even got 1/2 way to my mouth. Strong and warm, with very low phenolics for a beer this young. Good carbonation as well that brings the hop bittering and aroma out as it bubbles. I am going to try this vintage again in a year or two to see how it goes.
jbmanz (74) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint but sweet malty aroma.. Noticeable booze hint..
Nice dark amber color..
Well carbonated, smooth and creamy..
Malt, Carmel, honey, raisin and a warming alcohol background on the taste.
Balanced and finished nicely
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - APR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - not much there.
Appearance - amber no head on aggressive pour.
Taste - smooth for such high ABV. Not much there for me. Drinks like a session.
Mouth - med carb
Overall - nothing like old stock reserve. Just okay.
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
all i can say is very very tasty yet powerful >>>>>>>>>>>>&g
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. 2007 pours a dark cloudy red with almost no head. This has become one of my favorite weekly purchases. even stored one away til 2008.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 12 oz bottle from berkeley calif: Pours with virtualy no head at all. Aroma of berries and vanilla. no distinct characteristics except for the fruity smell. The alcohol is masked so well in the taste. Tastes like it smells, very vanilla laced. Macharoons. as well as coconut lacing. Goes down smooth, heavy on the aftertaste, but laced with good malt. overall, much different than a lot of other barley wines, not very hoppy, but the taste is magnifient...
DScanlon (70) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Redlight. Ahhhhh, Old Stock! I love it! Pours a rich red/brown with a little head that stays around shortly. Rich aroma, caramel and roast malts, dry fruit, some piney hops. Complex taste, dark sweetness, something to the effect of brown sugar or molasses. Nice and hoppy, dry finish. Iíve never had a vintage one, but in a year or so, Iíll be able to pull one out of the cellar and probably re-rate it!
RevBFG (70) - - JUL 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours hazy copper color with tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is bready and malty. Taste is strong in malts and caramel with some fruit and a lot if alcohol tossed in for good measure. Slightly carbonated with a sticky mouthfeel. Terrific beer.
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle - 2008] Reddish brown and clear, thin head that disapates quickly. Fruity, sweet alcohol notes. Caramel and some dark fruit flavor. Medium bodied and warm on my tongue. It could use some aging but overall itís a good beer.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is more than I hoped for. Dreamy. Drink it if you have it. Or age it if you can wait that long.