Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
2013 bottle. recommended by clerk. A little pricey. chilled lightly and wow ! so full of flavour. worth the price. alcohol is well hidden. lots of dried fruit. my first barley wine. will keep a few in cellar to age. North Coast rocks ! Vinylholic (22) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Sweet and malty aroma with hints of nutmeg and spices. Pours a medium cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Goes down smoothly expanding on the sweet aroma with an almost bourbon flavor. Just enough carbonation without being too strong. Full body with strong flavor. One of the better beers I’ve had. tfontana (1088) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle from The Drinkery, Derry NH. Aroma is strong--could smell it from over a foot away! Smell is complex of malt, fruit, alcohol, yeast. Appearance is beautiful, clear, dark red amber with champagne-like sparkling. Mild, 1/2 finger width creamy off-white head with nice crackling sound from a distance. Pretty insignificant lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with fruity sense and only the mildest alcohol detected at the end (pretty well hidden 11.9%!). Palate is velvety creaminess, medium bodied with carbonation that gives it backbone until zippy kick at the tip of the tongue at the end. Finish is wet and moderately long fruitiness. Overall, there is soooooo much to like about this beer for all of the senses! Hard to find much fault. Lacho (108) - USA - JUL 4, 2015
Good fizzy head that dissipates after a while with a copper color. High alcohol is evident from the start, but is very well behaved. Tastes of cotton candy, burnt caramel, and here comes the alcohol. Oh boy, really great beer, well balanced. A must to have several in your private stash.
MetalNHopHead (2125) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2015
North Coast ships its hops from England when brewing its annual batch of Old Stock Ale, which shows its dedication to crafting an English Style Ale. However, it’s the use of said hops that creates a uniquely American ale. Old Stock has a fair amount of earthy bitterness mixed in with the rich grains. Before I get too far down that trail, Old Stock pours ruby red with a thin layer of foam - not surprising given the ABV being just shy of 12%. Aroma has dark and syrupy fruits. Flavor has bread, fig, date, plum, prune, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and mild citrus. The full-bodied mouthfeel contains stickiness and some crispness coming from the hops. Old Stock has some serious class. I’d love to try a version with even more age than the 2014 vintage.
zeppedled (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Fantastic! Great taste and a nice full feeling in your mouth with a nice finish. This is certainly one I would try again. Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - FEB 13, 2016
Birra spettacolare, dall’aroma e dal gusto intensi. Note liquorose e alcoliche dominanti, benché la birra non vada mai alla testa. Poi caramello e maltato, nonché frutta sotto spirito. Birra che scalda e appaga! shawnmurphy (585) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2016
I look forward to this brew every year. I poured a bottle of the 2016 vintage into a Sam Adams Utopias glass, which is the perfect vessel for this sipper. It pours a reddish-brown, which is gorgeous to admire when back-lit. Minimal light tan head with virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, yet teases well what you’ll be tasting: molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, toasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa …. yes, I realize this sounds like I’m describing an ice cream sundae! The flavor is all of the above with a mellow boozy burn that slightly singes the nose hairs, thanks to its 11.8 percent alcohol. The mouthfeel is like crème brûlée on the tongue; a silky, slick, chewy texture. The bottle gives sage advice: age for at least a year to develop even further character and taste characteristics. thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours clear mahogany with a medium smallish head. No lacing. Aroma of booze and figs. Flavor is sweet, but not cloying. Malt profile is a real treat with some dried fruit and candy flavors. Could use maybe a touch more hop bitterness, but I give it a couple extra points for the amazing ABV burn it leaves down the back of the throat. Very nice! It will be interesting to see how this one ages. Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
2002 Edition: One of my longtime favorites, this beer will go into a tulip. The head is much more subdued than my previous bottles from this year. The half inch head quickly fades to nothing. The body is transparent only when held to a light source, and even then one must be quite close to the glass.
The nose is malty and vinous. Slight vanilla and raisins are detected. This baby is in its prime. The malts are complex. I really cannot pick any individual flavor out of this. The malt is somewhat roasty, with dark fruits as well. The finish is dry, almost like I am drinking Cabernet. Must be the remnants of the hops. The mouthfeel is thick, but not coating as I imagine it once was. Even if there was a hint of the 11.4% ABV, this would be extremely drinkable. Time has been good to this, as the alcohol is buried deeply within this one. I cannot find any more recent vintages of this one in Indy. There seems to be plenty of this one, though. I give a three for appearance because of the enormous head on every other occassion that I drank this one. I will edit this the next time I pop one.
Edit: My glass might have been slightly dirty the last time. This time, I get the nice head I am accustomed to from this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2005 06:33:38