RussianDragon (424) - - APR 18, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
í11 vintage, 15.2%. Thanks huhzubendah! Pours a dark brown with nearly no head and light lacing. Aroma is wood, vanilla, brandy booze and coconut. Flavor is complex: coconut, dark fruits, and brandy sweetness. Complexity intensifies as it warms. World class.
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 old stock bottled 10/31/13. Aroma is brandy with some alcohol at the end. Taste is amazing. Brandy raspberry dark fruit. A little less carbonated than I like but a nice full thick smooth body. Pretty damn good stuff.
stoutnick (491) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 2011 bottle from Jersey City, NJ. Very deep butterscotch appearance. Aroma is lovely caramel tones. Taste is the same rich flavours with a brandy spirit finish. Very delicious. Alcohol bite on finish, which is understandable given the 15%; sticky finish. Best caramel heavy ale I have yet had - great brew.
burg326 (3650) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, malt, and brandy. Flavors followed suit, huge brandy in the flavor and aftertaste, would be better once it mellowed.
S_Side_Smitty (441) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 2011 vintage. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is brandy barrel, heavy dark malts, cocoa, molasses..... Taste is all of the above blended perfectly. The mellow hop bitterness and the alcohol play with each other in the finish brightening the finish. This is nice. The best "American style" barley wine Iíve had. Awesome.
beerbastard (679) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
500ml bottle. Dark Brown with no lacing. Ridiculously good! The aromas are a perfect blend of vanilla chocolate frosting of a cake. Extremely smooth Brandy flavors blended with toffee, chocolate, vanilla. Offset by the burn of the alcohol. It doesnít get much better than this. Smoothest high ABV. This is Great!!
jstraw (1912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle at Jerryís. Dark muddy brown, scant fizzy tan, no lacing (but older and barrel-aged) / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, dark fruit, oak / Medium to full body, fizzy, sweet and somewhat chewy, good balance but slightly hot / Rich, big flavors of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, date, brandy barrel / Not trying it side by side, but doubtful this is appreciably better than regular Old Stock. Solid flavors, but not very complex, although the brandy barrel touch is there.
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Jackl is Backl tasting, big thanks to LKS for this top draw Barley Wine, 06/03/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan covering that soons collapses.
Nose carries a big boozey waft, dark toffee fudge, sherry, tobacco, brandy snap biscuit, light cocoa, rich fruit cake mix, dates, spice, sticky toffee pudding.
Taste comprises big dark fruit pangs, Xmas cake, dates, sherry tang, more brandy notes, demerara sugar, toffe apple, rich toffee fudge, boozey licks, tobacco.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweetish close laced with dark fruit skin notes.
Super solid Barley Wine, complex and graceful.
mnoud (276) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 2014.03.24 - North Coast Old Stock Ale 2011 Cellar Reserve - 500ml bottle in pint glass. Not a detailed review as itís been 4 or 5 days and a cross country trip since I had it. Iíll update if I get ahold of another bottle. Aroma: donít recall specifically but it was similar to 2009 Cellar Reserve but a bit sweeter. 9/10 Appearance: about the same as 2009 Cellar Reserve, maybe a tad darker. 5/5 Taste: basically everything 2009 was and more. A bit sweeter, more rich tasting. I am drinking some 2009 as I review this 2011. 2009 is getting a bit old now so it could be fresh vs. not, though 2009 is still yummy. 9/10 Palate: basically sweet, a bit more boozy than 2009 as itís now 15.2 % but still exceptionally smooth. 4/5 Overall: it was delicious. I canít wait to find more. One of my favorite beers gets a new edition. 19/20
edit: 2014.03.28 - Iím drinking another glass now. My impressions basically stand. Everything the 2009 was, but more boozy and caramel-y. Tasty stuff. Currently my highest rated beer.
edit: 2014.03.31 - raised my overall rating to 19/20. Itís hard for me to imagine liking a beer more than this one.
solidfunk (3842) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick, very syrupy barley wine that Iím not sure holds up to the ordinary Old Stock. Pasty caramelized malt with some hops and plenty of booze floating around. The brandy barrel does this well. Pours brown without much head or lacing - too boozy. Finishes sweet and boozy. Tap at Churchkey, bottom of keg.