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Private Stock Ale: 2016 Vintage

April, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

The drinker is greeted with a light chocolate aroma, followed by supporting fruitiness of apricots and peaches, a light herbal hop character, light spicy alcohol and a caramel, bready maltiness. The spicy alcohol character increases significantly in the flavor, but does allow a supporting cast of peaches, light chocolate, dried fruit and bready, nutty caramel malt characters to emerge. A low residual sweetness develops mid-palate and dries out in the finish with an assist from the alcohol and moderately high hop bitterness. It pours a nearly brilliant dark brown with ruby highlights with a tan head that seems to last forever. Grab a few to cellar, as the alcohol is a bit edgy right now, but it has all of the hallmarks of a terrific English-style Old Ale -- it just needs a little more time to continue developing its complexity.