RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Pours amber brown with a medium head. Aroma of toffee and whiskey. Taste has some big malts up front and a warming alcohol finish. Very smooth. A very nice beer, but more of an old ale than a barley wine. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 This is my second time enjoying a bottle of 2013 vintage Old Stock Ale. I look forward to trying the 2014 vintage. I am quite impressed with North Coast Brewing Co! This Old stock ale is excellent. The only score I didn’t top out was appearance..this one is a nice coppery color though cloudy. There is a very nice sweetness and absolutely no bitter at all. This combination will never fail to win me over big time. (9/25/2016) Enjoyed a 2016 bottle. Quite smooth and enjoyable even with the high ABV If memory serves, I believe the 2013 bottle was a bit sweeter than this 2016. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2002 vintageBillicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Deep red body with a thick tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should, malty and hops. Lots of hops.
Well balanced taste of malt/hop considering the youth of this beer. Satisfying, full body. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the finish.
Very smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation to liven up this big beer.
One of the better barleywines I've had so far...
08 vintage!, aroma, basement malty esters, some brown sugarys too.
color, meduim amber hue small white head, glass lacing
taste, Alcohol burn somewhat at first, then the malty profile takes over the age, adds a old funk taste I cant put my finger on it exactly, but its good.
overall, found a 4 pack dating 08 was 12.5 alc by vol., a rich intersting brew! Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Poured a mahagony color out of bottle. Quick fading head. Aroma is malt, hay, and alcohol. Taste follows nose. Going to lay down my second bottle see if it mellows a bit. Decent ale not worth the price.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 12 oz bottle of 2014 vintage from Whole Foods in Hillsboro, OR. Aroma has brown sugar, tart cherries, leather, and NyQuil. Mouthfeel is thick and robust, with a bitter, boozy, and slightly astringent finish. harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer. Sparf (288) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
Vinös doft som drar åt melass, soja, torkade plommon och en sötaktig honungston. Även lite kemisk schampoton förnimms.
En stor, söt smak med inslag av banan och malt. Känner också toner av belgisk jäst och aning bränt socker. Ingen humle alls.
Mahognyfärg med ett snabbt försvinnande, läskartat skum.
Riktigt bra munkänsla och en fyllighet som höjer känslan.
Precis när man sväljer ringer whiskytoner medan den korta eftersmaken är torvaktig, lätt rökig och torr med viss elegans. e303 (287) - - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle to snifter. 2014 bottle. Aged three years. Pour is copper with a tiny head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, a bit bready. Taste follows through but adds an alcohol burn. Finish is smooth. Good shit.
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2002 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, with a small amount of tan head, nice fine lacing. Aroma is dominated by malt and alcohol. Lot of malt in this one, and the hops complement it rather than jumping into the forefront. Alcohol is less noticeable on the palate than it is in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel.