jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 Re-review thanks to Alex... pours a dirty, bit ugly brown, no head at all... the nose is touch oxidized, but still pretty nice, apple fudge brownies... the taste is a bit light, brandy (alcohol), apples, caramel, a touch hot on the finish still... had this a year ago, good, but now its going down hill, drink this soon
madmitch76 (12253) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
10th January 2009
Wonderful aroma of woody brandy. Dark brown beer. A little carbonation - not much. Crisp and a bit dry. Lovely smooth brandy with a mild effervescense. Creamy brandy malt mid. Aromatic woody brandy finish. Very very drinkable and smooth. Lovely!
nimbleprop (3920) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a translucent, copper amber with one ring of white head. Nose is awesome: oxidized, malty, woody, sherry, cherry. Flavor is awesome too: butterscotch, caramel, lightly medicinal, sherry, cherries, rum, can sugar. Full bodied and just a touch hot. Loved every bit of this, sweet, boozy, woody. Great.
GT2 (7117) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. What an incredible treat! THANK YOU!!! The pour is a flat, muddy brune that has excellent legs on the snifter. Very light carbonation appropriate for style. Viscous and cordial-like at 15% abv. Aroma is a bit oxidized from the age (some red apples), sweet cinnamon comes through, rich leather, spicy calvados. Taste is unreal: big cinnamon, powerful but mellowed booziness, aged rum, cocoa butter, beautiful warming alcohol, some dark fruits (rum raisin gelato, candied dates). Still a tad hot even with the age!
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut brown, thin cream white head. Nose of sweet brandy, light tobacco, leaves, and leather, heavy malt. Flavor a but thinner, chocolate and light grain, raisin emerging through the finish. Bit hot and thin, age suppressed palate. The tobacco may be oxidation with brandy sweetness.
Travlr (9954) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear medium brown. No head or lacing, but it has legs! Aroma of wood, light whiskey, very subtle licorice. Taste is strong and swet brandy, thick and oily. Warming. Nice.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: The decadent fruity barley wine with well integrated wood barrel. 15% and easy to drink!!! Excellent.
How: Bottle 375ml. First and only batch. Consumed when about 2.5 year of age. All three versions side-by-side. Bottle from goldtwins, thanks a lot Larry.
The look: Cloudy purple-brown body topped by a beige ring of foam. The darkest of the three versions when I had them side-by-side.
In long: Cork comes out with a disappointingly lack of “pop” but the beer is well carbonated. Nose has a lot of ripe fruits and raisins, more so than in the other two versions. The barrel is better integrated in this version than the Bourbon Barrel version. Taste has a lot of ripe and fresh dark fruits, a lot of caramel, a bit of brandy (but not a lot), a slice of raisin pie, light chocolate notes. The brandy barrel is far from overwhelming but the little apple touch it brings does make the beer more easy to drink, almost “refreshing”. Body is fat and viscous and appropriately carbonated. This version is the one that feels the less boozy. Hard to believe this is a near 15% beer. One of the best monster sipper I’ve ever had. I was wondering how this one would compare to the Angel’s Share (Brandy Barrel). The Angel’s Share sure is more decadent but I found the North Coast easier to drink despite the 15%. Definitely two of the top beers of this sub-style. Tonight I decided to drink all the three versions North Coast Old Stock before the world comes to an end. Screw the Mayan calendar and their 2012 apocalyptic prophecies. My Dilbert desk calendar ends on December 31, 2010. PANIC!!!!
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a cloudy dark brown color with a darker tan colored head.
S-the nose is rather strong, sweeter brandi with notes of dark wood, lots of raisins with hints of tobacco. Carmelized brown sugar towards the back with hints of sweet sherry. it may be a touch oxidized.
T-the taste is strong, the brandi and wood are up front, sweet brandi, juicy raisins, toffee and sweet brown sugar, the tobacco is light in the back and almost not there. Sheery in the back, maybe some sweet cardboard, again might be oxidation or just the sweet brandi with hints of heat in the finish.
M-full bodied, chewy and thick, syrupy texture and very viscous with a hint of driness in the finish and well carbonated.
D-decent and reasonably balanced. it is very sweet and might be slightly oxidized. solid flavors that blend together, love the raisins. decent stuff and goes down smooth with the huge body.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Mikey. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of booze, wet oak, brown sugar, toffee and molasses.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, big thanks to mcallister for hooking me up with this one. Shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather at a recent tasting.
Very slight hiss as I popped the cork out. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.
A: Pours a very dark bronze with a miniscule tan head that ends up sticking around of the edge of the glass the entire way down.
S: Very complex. Lots of dates, caramel, and dark fruits. Almost a strong Belgian dark without the standard yeast. Great old ale scents, alongside hints of brandy and a god amount of vanilla. Nice raisins and a bit of butterscotch and toffee as well.
T: Beautiful notes of sherry, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, and bits of butterscotch. Notes of sweet brandy make their way in as well, although after five years in the bottle, this isn’t too hot.
M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Minimal alcohol heat, given that this one is almost fifteen perfect.
D: Absolutely incredible. Big thanks again to mcallister for getting this one out to me. Fairly low alcohol on an extremely complex beer. This has aged wonderfully, and I would be very happy to try it again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-29-2010