TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dough77 for this one! Cracked this bad boy w/John_adam and man it was impressive. A carmel, vanilla, brown sugar, and bourbon treat!! Unreal the amount of flavor this thing creates. Very drinkable for 14%, I was quite surprised actually. Drank an 06 old stock before it just to see the difference. This is much better than the regular. The bourbon really blends well with this brew, I recommend trading for this one. I actually enjoyed this more than the angels share!!!! crazy talk right?
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of the therealbastard. This guy has no problem opening anything at anytime. Big aroma of bourbon. Sweet malt mixed with bourbon and vanilla flavors throughout. Finish was kind of harsh. Not bad for almost 15%.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my pasty shack tasting. Aroma is super rich malts, alc, sour hints of wood. Taste has woody age and rich malts, vanilla makes it clear this is the bourban barrel, woody finish. Very complex beer, could perhaps be better with a little less alc.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Magic_dave6ís disco dance tasting. Dark brown, thin brown head. Oaky creamy nose, vanilla, milk chocolate. Mouth is burnt malt, creamy woody vanilla, whisky, burns a bit on the way down. Slightly fruity, slightly sour, and no hint of just how strong it is. Really good.
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... Brown/red ... again a nice barley wine nose ... definit bourboun tones ... sweet and malty... bourbon over powers ... bit rough
DietPepsican (1527) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks again goes out to joey for bringing this gem over to a tasting. One more want list item down! Murky golden brown pour, small off white head. Syrupy bourbon aroma. flavor was up from bourbon and oak, brown sugar, some plum and raisin. Finished boozy, Slightly syrupy. Nice.
JorisPPattyn (8440) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage Yellow-beige head, gone in seconds, over reddish-shot hazy brown beer, well-carbonated. Fusels, old rich brandy, fruit on alcohol, cloved orangepeel, vanilla, black grapes and a bit of almond. Wry, woody, nearly tart flavours, despite quite some sweetness. Very alcoholic, and lots of fusels. Chocolate notes, chocolate-covered spongey cake. Retronasal markedly walnut. Fiery MF, medium to well-bodied, slick and oily. Very high alcoholwarming. Very inviting nose, great beer, but it has more of a sledgehammer than of a refined, velvety gem. Now, if I could only remember who bestowed these two beauties on me... Rodger?...
hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ups to jarspag for ordering me a bottle of this from the brewery a while back. 2005 vintage. Initial pour yields some tiny clear bubbles and a faint hint of carbonation. Eventually the beer settles into a velvety appearance that likens itself to a fine aperitif with legs coating the snifter, and a dark & clear burgundy color. The aroma is straight up killer! Loaded with vanilla, bourbon, musty oak and toffee. Fantastic! The barrel-aging has really done its magic on this one. Flavors have a much more pronounced bourbon and oak character, with deep and spicy caramel and notes. Oxidation is noticeable in the finish, and there is a slight sting on the back of the tongue. Slightly numbing mouthfeel that is topped off with a warming alcohol finish. Almost ends up overly-boozy, but it stays well within the tolerable range. Warmth really helps out with the 2nd half of the bottle. Intriguing and very enjoyable. Yes sir!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ordered by telephone 1 minute after release email. This is also my last bottle, as I only ordered 3 bottles to minimize crazy beer spending in Dec 2007. Very little psst when I uncorked the bottle. A small head of medium bubbles forms when I pour, but they fade very fast. The beer is carbonated, but the bubbles pop when the hit the surface, leaving no head. Lack of head keeps appearance score down. Cloudy deep amber color. The aroma has wonderful oxidation and oak and light bourbon highlights. The bourbon is much more pronounced when drinking. The gravity seems low for such a high alcohol beer, with a light bubble burn on the tongue, like a soda. Iím guessing this is because of the high alcohol percentage. Tons of oak. Some sweetness, but the high alcohol hides it. Very fun and interesting to drink. Wouldnít want to drink to much though. Needs a cheese accompanyment with itís strength. Very good. 9,3,8,3,17:4.0
OK. 1 hour later. Iím drinking the second half of the bottle. It has warmed up, I have warmed up. The carbonation levels have dropped. This beer is incredible. Very good. Much better after it has warmed up: 9,4,8,4,18:4.3
OldMrCrow (2160) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from toncatcher -- thanks so much.
Another beer Iíd been very eager to try. Iím a big fan of the regular Old Stock (though not so much the 14+% version). Pours a caramel brown, rich and still, looking and smelling like bourbon - heavy acerbic oak aroma, tons of barrel influence, dates, bourbon of course. Powerful, powerful fumes! Nice sweet flavors, caramel and rich malts, indeed much like the old stock, but even boozier, lots of vanilla, mouth-drying oak. Here the bourbon works better on a barleywine base than it usually does, Iíd say. Itís like drinking liquor rather than beer, from the massive aroma to the heat on the tongue and the back of the throat to the thickness of the mouthfeel.
Itís a fascinating beer, pushing the edge of what I think of as beer toward what I think of as bourbon, but in the end I canít rate it as highly as the best bottles of well-aged regular old stock. Itís too harsh, the bourbon is too forward. Maybe with 3 more years it would mellow and the barrel character would meld into the base malts, but right now itís a serious bourbon BA show.