Monday, January 4, 2010
Old Stock just keeps getting better and better.
Ah Old Stock, this was the first beer in my husband and my relationship. Most remember your first kiss, the proposal, ect but in our case, our first beer. He loves it so, he has collected a bottle from every year except 2000, which he has been looking for for years but just can't find a bottle. We even got a case of the Bourbon barrel aged version and a case of the barrel aged version as a wedding gift! So we are both big fans and know when we see a 2005 vintage version of it on tap???? We had to make our way down to try it.
It was at Monk's Kettle for $7.50 for 8oz pour. It's a barley wine and 11.5% and boy, was it ever so delicious.
It poured a red raisin color with almost no carbonation. We ordered it with our meal so that it would be warm by the time we were ready to enjoy it's deliciousness. It smelled like brown sugar, caramel, toffee, malt, molasses and port (like I said before, my kind of beer). It tasted amazing. It just ages extremely well. It tasted like roasted nuts, butterscotch, caramel and toasted malt goodness.
It's funny how all of these Winter/Holiday beers have been all over the market, when THIS beer is probably my favorite Winter Beer. It's just perfect to sip on a cold winter's night by the fire.