sudsmeister (74) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnít take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!
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
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...
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.
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!
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.
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage pours copper, aromas of cherries and vanilla. Full mouth feel, sweet in the tongue, alcohol is makes nicely for almost 12%, pretty 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.
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle 2006 version
Aroma: Very malty nose with sugars and alcohol beneath
Appearance: Muddy red brown with a nice head of medium sized tan bubbles and minor lacing
Flavor: Caramel and chocolate malts are pronounced with an alcohol bite
Palate: Malty and dry. The best thing about this beer though is it is not as dry as you would expect with a 13.25% content. I did a double take when I read it on the label as I expected an elevated number but not that high!
Overall: Well done on a finely crafted brew. I enjoyed it much and would like to try it again. I find it very interesting that some people are saying it was clear red when the one I had was very murky which others have stated too.