JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to emacgee for busting out this rarity! The same handsome pour you get from regular Old Stock, albeit with somewhat less cabonation (not a huge surprise given that this was several years old). The nose came across as a bit indistinct, but this one has savagely good taste. Raisins, deep malts, not too oxidized. A treat all round.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks! Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Looked essentially identical to the Bourbon Barrel version. Smelled of toffee, raisin, and booze. Medium to full bodied and sweet. Tasted of raisin, caramel, and nonspecific delicately fruity booze. I liked this a bit better than the bourbon version.
Doodler (310) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Ratman for the side by side of this, the Bourbon version.and a well aged 05 Old Stock. Poured a clear brown with a smallish, off white head. Oaky aroma with fruity chocolate, brandy, and roasted malt notes. Taste is packed with raisins, prunes and vanilla. Has a supple, oily mouthfeel. Finishes nicely with some oaked cherry flavors. An amazing brew! Glad I got to try.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enormous thanks to Sean Hill for this guy. Pours a murky brown with no head. Nose shows age, mild oxidation and must, some alcohol, rich with brown sugar and molasses, some port/brandy character, mild acetaldehyde. Flavor is rich and raisiny, very portish, caramelly, nice wood character, with some alcoholic warmth. Palate is warm and coating with a mild carbonation.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... another amazing beer shared by emacgee. Pours dark copper brown without much head. No longer much to look at. A fair amount of oxidation on the nose, but the taste didnít seem to suffer. Lots of raisin notes... very much like a tawny port on the tongue. Very good, though itís perhaps a year or two past its prime (at least this bottle was).
JAXSON (518) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small ring of bubbles that are not as fine as I expected. Big, big nose on this one. Good amount of leather and leafy tobacco, sweet brandy, nice charred oak, raisins. Sharper carbonation on the tongue than I had expected. Very rich, focused on that old tobacco, leather, kind of a nice sweet brandy. Delicious. Mouthfeel is strange -- itís quite thick and almost syrupy but has really pringly carbonation, seems like around the edges. One of the best barrel-aged barleywines Iíve had for sure.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
group tasting on 5/8/10, bottle thanks to shp555. This is one of those beers that Iíve been dreaming of trying one day... so excited I had the opportunity. Pours a dark red with no head. Big brandy notes fill the nose with a generous level of sweet dark fruits. Thick body consumes the mouth with more dark fruit, oak, sweet malts, caramel and alcohol. Strong finish with a touch of heat. Excellent beer! One of the best barrel aged beers Iíve tasted.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour a cloudy brown with a thin off-white head. Huge aromas of caramel,brandy,dark fruits and honey. Sweet flavor with a nice sticky texture. Soft carbonation with a medium to full body. Amazing Beer!!!!
Sledutah (3651) - Utah, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle shared by Eric, thanks man!
Appearance: Dark brown with no head or lacing
Aroma: Vanilla, oak and dark fruits
Taste: Sweet malts, vanilla, dark fruits and alcohols
Very nice beer.
douglas88 (5173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Eric, thanks man this was a gem! Pours a murky brown/orange color with no head, viscous with legs. A hot syrupy nose. brown sugar and boozy brandy. The flavor is very nice; hot, somehow subdued though, brandy and oak, vanilla, rich like a Old Ale almost. A great pairing of barrel and brew. Very nice. Delicious.