TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldnít these different batches be in separate listings?
Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The high alcohol content is very evident with this beer. very little was done to incorporate other subtle tastes with the alcohol. It is very in your face and not really my thing.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 Bottle. I'm not sure what makes a beer young. I also don't know why people thought this beer was amber colored. It looked like a deep ruby color to me. It smelled malty, tasted like brown sugar and alcohol. To me it tasted like an average barley wine. Nothing special about this beer, except the high alcohol content.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vintage 2004. Pours small head but grows a little bit befor disapating. Smell and tastes of strong alcohol. Not a big single malt scotch fan and just do not a beer that tastes like one.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle-pours a tan head and amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/boozy-rum/scotch, woody. Taste is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/quite boozy-rum/scotch, woody/spicy hops. OK carbonation. Kind of an English Strong Ale. Sipping. Not my taste and on the fringe for the style.
Kingi (419) - - OCT 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Good aroma ruined by alcohol. Sweetness and alcohol with bitter hops that stick to ur gums. Again ruined by the pushing alcohol. Not for me.
oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.
GarrettB (844) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 After reading the reviews for this dark and inhospitable ale, Iím almost certain I had a spoiled bottle. Everyoneís raving about well balanced sweetness, roastiness and the overall superb quality of the beer. My experience was apparently much narrower, obscuring the verisimilar personality within that humble little bottle. The Old Stock Ale was a passive, pomegranate red beneath a temporal sandy colored head. From this came an abyss of aromas, whose parts included chopped walnuts, figs and brown sugars, along with the more obvious roasted malts. But to say this smell was deep would be doing it a dishonor. Iíve never smelled something quite so dense, deep and dark before. It was a congested pit of pressured flavor within my olfactory Ė a sensation I hardly expected, even from a putatively shaded beer. But the taste was less sensational, and more painful. It began with a grand explosion of deep sweetness, aggrandized mostly by brown sugar. Then it took a plummet into an eye cringing morass of alcohol and relentlessly assaulted my senses for nigh six seconds afterwards. It was a terrible feeling having a semi-permanent clod of alcohol stuck to my tongue after each and every sip. I read the commercial description and they discuss the necessity of aging, which Iím willing to try and then re-gauge the Old Stock Ale. Itís not that I objurgate to the overwhelming praise in these reviews, only that I must fairly evaluate my experience, which was certainly a negative one. Second review pending.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Bottle. 2007 vintage. Pour very dark amber. 1 inch tan foam that leaves solid lacing. Smells of sweet fruit and sugar. Taste is too sweet, strong licorice in the finish, tastes more like yager than any beer should. Palate is very very thick and full, completely coats every part of the mouth, there is also the sticky presence of candy sugar that makes that thick palate somewhat less appealing. Overall this is a powerful beer, but it is much too sweet. If I get this again I will age it for a few years and hope that helps.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2007 Bottle - I imagine that drinking a four pack of this will do to your voice what smoking a pack a day for 20 years will do. This was all alcohol, no finesse. It should come with another warning label...