As Winter turns to Spring and we turn our clocks forward for more daylight, so does my palate migrate towards lighter bodied pale ales, IPAs, pilsners and hefeweizensin this summer-like southern california weather. But until I restock, I've got a fair amount of Barleywines and heavy ales in my fridge, so I've got some work to do.
Tarty aroma with a light touch of malts. Average amount of head on this 11.7% beast. The taste is rich and classic Barleywine. A heavy body, rich with raisin-like malts and a deep amber color, the alcohol content cuts through and adds a delicious added component to therich body. The hop presence is a little lighter than I'd like, definitely making its presence known in the mix, but hardly cutting through the thick malts.
Not a lot of incredible inventiveness here and I could definitely do with some more hops, but that being said, this is a pretty rock solid Barleywine for it's classic flavor and alcohol content, and I for one, am having a lot of fun drinking it.
Old Stock Ale: ***1/2