superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, 2009 vintage. Pours a dense very hazy dark ruby red color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a small lacing ring that lingers. Alcohol legs on the glass with no lacing; and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, caramel, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness; with some slight booze. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/bourbon flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic barrel aged old ale. All around great complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Dark brown/copper pour with a small light tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, and caramel. Dark fruits on the palate with toffee notes. This has aged really well! Abv is noticeable at first but as it warms up a bit it mellows out nicely. Great brew!
freeofthoughts (667) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle, pours nice reddish brown with khaki fizz, still looking alright after 4 years. Great aroma of sweet lightly roasted barley giving way to big toasted oak and vanilla. The flavor is ridiculous, immediately satisfying. Very smooth grains with a light sweetness that doesn?t show too much heat or lasting susugaryness helped by some caramel flavors and a light accent on dark tree fruits. A great balance brought in by the oak with just a hint of bourbon and lingering rich vanilla and wood character. Still a big beer but extremely well done. Having split a bottle, I just had to cherish my pour. Probably about as good as it will get after 4 years.
jmagnus87 (2503) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. From notes. Boozy witha hint of oak. Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fermented fruits. Awesome .
sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage, Brandon’s house, split 3 ways. Thanks, Ryan. Pours deep golden orange. Aroma of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is barleywine, caramel, bourbon, vanilla. I wish I could remember this better at that point in the night, but it was fantastic.
BOSSbrewer (1928) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great. Huge beer. Had at 28 Springs in a bottle. Slight alcohol notes but caramel and malt comes through. Nice.
Lukaduke (2312) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Pours a rich copper brown color with a finger of eggshell foam. Round sweet maple, molasses, toasted vanilla and sticky dates. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety with a drying finish that nicely contrast the soft front end. Big caramel notes on the palate with complex sweetness that creeps from maple waffles to sugar cones and toasted oak. YUM !
shigadeyo (3049) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
1/12/2011: North Coast Old Stock Ale 2009 Cellar Reserve Bourbon... Aroma: Sugary rye bourbon; alcohol-soaked golden raisin; dates; alcohol Appearance: Hazelnut color, transparent; thin beige ring of foam. Flavor: Tons of awesome vanilla; hints of barrel char and walnut; caramelized sugar; boozy; tobacco through the finish; lots of alcohol through the nose. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth. Overall: Damn great beer; a fantastic treatment of Old Stock Ale.
1 pt, 0.9 fl. oz. (500 ML) corked and caged bottle (Alcc/Vol. 13.16%) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #364 for this beer.
Elwood (3332) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. 2009 vintage. It pours a murky brown with a thin but active off white head. The head is gone fairly quickly, but there is still a good bit of tiny bubbles popping up to the surface. The nose is blows you back with notes of fig, dark caramel, bourbon, light wood, and vanilla. The flavor is equally powerful. Lots of caramel, toffee, fig, date, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor just goes on and on, evolving as it warms. Long, warming finish. Dangerous ABV, but perfect for sipping as a night cap.
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just awesome. 2009 vintage poured dark murky brown with an off white head. Smell is bourbon, brown sugar, and hazelnut. Taste is amazing! Nice roasted almond with fig, brown sugar, and vanilla, with of course the perfect amount of bourbon in the background. Medium carbonation and perfect mouth feel. Really good.