Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 (Prologue and preface: Itís hard to descibe the level of anticipation I have going into this rating. This, while not my biggest want ever, though still very high on my personal all-time list, is probably my longest want, time-wise. I wanted this beer as soon as I joined this site. Being a noob, I didnít then understand the concept of "rare beers" or "wants" or that a beer would not be available to one who simply had some cash, and was ready to buy. I soon learned these concepts, and after years of wanting this item, finally procured one of these when the opportunity presented iteself, though not the first opportunity Iíve had. So, in short, Iím really looking forward to this as a long-time fan of regular Old Stock and North Coast in general, as they were my first real craft brewer that I fell in love with, and Old Stock was one of my very first craft brews and still one of my very favorites that I revisit all of the time when available. And now you want to age it in a brandy barrel?!? Wow. Iíll be surprised if this is anything but world class, though Iíll give it an accurate rating either way...) 375ml. 2005 vintage. Pours a murky brownish amber with a small yellow head. Iím guessing its murked up because of the age on it, but it doesnít really smell that oxidized. I could actually smell the brandy barrel as soon as I uncorked it, a good sign. Other aromas include loads of dark fruit, maple, brown sugar, sweet malt, and wood, not really any alcohol notes. Very nice aroma. Not quite as complex as Iíd hoped for, but still awesome overall. Flavor: Alright, so this is quite different than regular Old Stock. The brandy is all over the place, and the 14.7% is pretty apparent. The fruit normally present in a later vintage of this is subdued now, allowing the brandy flavor to become the spotlight. Though thereís still some good caramel, brown sugar, and the like, in fact lots of it, however the brandy still controls the way the flavor is interpreted as a whole. Sticky mouthfeel, higher viscosity, still some very nice carbonation which is a pleasant surprise. Okay, so my rating isnít off the charts like Iíd expected, but thatís not taking anything away from this beer at all: Crazy as this sounds, at 5 years old this thing needs some more age! It hasnít even peaked yet, and I just see it getting better and would like to revisit it after another 5 years... Of course by then its trade value will be astronomical, but I should seek it out again in 2015, note to self. For today, itís still pretty awesome, and I love it totally. Note: Let this thing warm to almost room temperature even if you, like me, usually prefer them a couple of degrees cooler. Even though "only" a 4.2 rating, a perfect 5 for the beautiful package, the presentation, the experience overall; a very personal one. Thanks North Coast.
fletchfighters (934) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours flat, no head, no carbonation. Looks like a port or dessert wine. Melted brown sugar and leather color.
Nose is brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and brandy. Still sweet and sticky tasting. Reminds me more of a Thomas Hardyís.
Taste is brown sugar, rum, raisins. Still get a good amount of alcohol from this. No carbonation. sticky and sweet. Good finisher
Bule (435) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle of the 2011 vintage thanks to Glenn. Lovely smooth brandy aroma and flavor, and flavors of raisins. More like a good port. Very sweet too.
Sean9689 (258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shard w/ the Chicago crew on a random Sunday and drank right next to the bourbon version.
Pours a dark brown, very little carbonation, some bubbles here and there. Very "sticky" looking and thereís a brown hue on the sides of the glass after swishing it around a bit. Chocolate, dark fruits, brandy, burnt sugars. Maybe a little too much brandy (still) so I think this could age even longer. Similar to the nose. Lots of brandy, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of barrel/oak. I think this one still has some hotness and can benefit from some more aging (unlike the bourbon). Medium bodied, maybe a bit thin, but still rich.
Very good but didnít blow me away. This one was out-shined by several other beers we had during the night. I think some more cellar time would do this one good while the bourbon version seems ready to drink now.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml. corked.
[ Courtesy of Secret Summer Santa ]. Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a small to average, fizzy and open, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark berry - fruity, wood, alcohol - bandy, moderate roasted, raisin. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, dried berry, alcohol, alcohol warm, raisin. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. 
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to funkel81 for getting this to me. Been a long time want for me. 375 ml bottle C&C bottle served in a Half Acre tulip.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a stillness to it. Very low carbonation with no real head forming on the pour besides some small off-white wisps hovering around on top.
S: Toffee sweetness with some dark fruit flavors. Toasted malts with raisins, figs and some earthy dates. Caramel as well.
T: Burnt sugars with some caramel covered raisins. Heavy malt sweetness with a touch of light cardboard. As it warms it takes on a light earthiness with more sweet toffee and a fudge characteristic as well. Dark fruits on the finish. No noticeable booze at all.
M: Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation level.
O: Letting this sit around warm up to room temperature really opened up a great bouquet of flavors. The minimal oxidation gave it a sherry like flavor to it and a nice sweetness as well. Most personal whales disappoint, this did not.
Serving type: bottle
hallinghansen (1687) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with a small quick dissapearing head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, figs, chocolate notes, brandy, toffee, alcohol. Flavor is raisins, figs, dark fruit, alcohol, oak, toffee. Soft carbonation. This is awesome.
Dedollewaitor (13023) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My Rating # 11200. Bottle @ French Oktoberfest Tasting Ulfborg, 2012. Pours dark brown with a small bubbly head. Nose is fruit, caramel, oak, brandy and some well matured cellar like notes. Sweet and oaky flavor with a touch of candy, caramel and vanilla. Sticky and warming. Nice.
Rasmus40 (8920) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood, vanilla and gentle notes of whisky. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with lots of warming alcohol. Smooth. 191012
back (966) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nødderbrun klar skum cafe au lait
Portvin malt bær chokolade vanilje
Bitter lidt sød meget
Fuld sirup flad
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chrisv10 (9450) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ FoneFan, 14.7%. Dark brown/red with tiny head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, wood and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, oak, medium sweet, brandy, wood, raisin, little vanilla, warming and light nutty.