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Haffenreffer Private Stock - Private Stock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
70
okay

99 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Private Stock Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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roastbeefdinner

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -66.2%

01-17-2012 01:08:03 | More by roastbeefdinner
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -57.8%

05-07-2014 22:41:39 | More by Durandal_777
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

1.45/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Saw this on the menu at a restaurant in Cambridge, thought hmmm, I'll give it a try, never heard of it. I asked the waitress what type of beer it was; her reply "it's a malty beer" gee that tells me a lot?! Well I'll give it a shot was my reply--D'oh. It came in a fat quart bottle with olives set across the top (what the?), and malt liquor written on the side, uh oh. I asked for a glass and poured it in (kept the olives separate?!). Clear gold/yellow in color with no head and not much lacing. Smelled clean of cereal grains. Taste was malty grains and corn and then came an awful aftertaste of adjuncts or something? Skunk urine, maybe Fox? Anyway, don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 14:11:50 | More by chaduvel
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

1.45/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

In an effort to officially try each style (and review) I picked up this 24oz can while shopping yesterday. Too bad they didn't have the bottles with the picture puzzle under the cap. I liked those. Been forever since I've had one of these. What I find interesting is that the ABV is only 7%. I always imagined "malt liquor to be much higher.

Pours with a 2 finger bright foamy head that immediately settles and fades. The beer is a bright clear gold/brass color with a speck of carbonation. Lacing.... um.. no

Aroma is sweet and grainy. Like boiled vegetables.

Wow, I am really surprised here. The flavor is much worse than I imagined. Sweet, mushy and of cardboard. I am honestly shocked how poor the flavor is. I think they forgot to put any hops into this beer.

A combination of sweet in your mouth with an almost powdery finish.

Good thing I bought this just for the experience. No need to do that again. Man we had no taste in college, did we?....

Serving type: can

12-05-2010 23:04:10 | More by Reagan1984
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thegerm87

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

07-14-2013 03:39:56 | More by thegerm87
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.73/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First off, I must admit a guilty admission: I've never drunk malt liquor, not to the best of my knowledge, sir. It just never seemed like an appealing choice, as I've always appreciated the flavors and nuances of a beverage, above the rush to drunkenness. And add in the ordinary associations, the filthy guy on the bus with a 40 in a paper bag, all the empties in the alley, it just seems like slumming. So call me a snob.

Clear, ordinary yellow color, big white head, that crackles and sizzles. Aroma is nonexistent. Slightly sweet, notes of corn and..nothing else. Smooth, clean, light, easily drinkable, but not enjoyable. Completely lacking in flavor, or anything else to appreciate. No, wait,..here it comes...the booze!

Thin, flinty, but afloat with grainy sweetness, no finish or body or texture, but hey, how drunk am I now? And where do I gotsta go to get me some crack?
By the way, it's the malt liquor "with the imported taste". Ooo, la, la!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 14:00:18 | More by feloniousmonk
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

07-28-2013 14:58:27 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

08-25-2013 14:48:00 | More by Atomicskis5
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Bill69

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

09-27-2013 22:29:14 | More by Bill69
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

07-10-2012 01:10:35 | More by Dizzy242
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brewed by the Narragansett Brewing Co. which was mentioned on Family Guy a while back. 16 oz. green glass bottle, that is "Malt Liquor...with imported taste." Clear, extremely light gold color, almost no head on the pour, a couple visible bubbles in the beer rise steadily. Very light grain in the nose, also some skunk, not a whole lot going on. Taste is skunky and stale tasting. This reminds me of beer from the perspective of me, before I liked beer. Pretty bad, I would definitely skip this one, whether it has imported taste or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 15:10:29 | More by TastyTaste
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

1.88/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

They used to brew this over in Jamaica Plain in Boston. And we used to call it "The Green Death". Two is all it took. I went down memory lane the other day to try to recapture my early youth. As I twisted off the puzzle cap, and that familiar industrial smell filled my nostrils, I summoned up the courage to take a sip. This beverage is not for pouring into a glass. Just a paper sack around it, and your good to go. It still tasted the same, foul, overprocessed, etc. I thought I was tasting my fillings, but alas, it was Private Stock. I offered the remains to man collecting cans, who more appreciated it's fine qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 08:24:50 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -32.4%

08-07-2013 17:24:47 | More by KolbMarley
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brokentee

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -32.4%

12-10-2011 23:46:43 | More by brokentee
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -32.4%

04-10-2014 00:30:00 | More by pfhanlon
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neil2me

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -32.4%

01-03-2013 17:30:47 | More by neil2me
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -32.4%

12-06-2011 14:18:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
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gilbert


2.25/5  rDev -24%

03-11-2012 21:58:37 | More by gilbert
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RogueTRex


2.25/5  rDev -24%

03-15-2012 21:39:29 | More by RogueTRex
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HarryPotHead

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -24%

11-04-2012 22:49:47 | More by HarryPotHead
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Huffs

New York

2.25/5  rDev -24%

01-25-2013 03:35:11 | More by Huffs
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What a fantastic weekend! I have decided to up my numbers to figures divisible by ten before recommitting to The CANQuest (TM) for which I should be committed. My local has a plethora of inexpensive 40s for sale and so I am revisiting some beers that I initially had in a CAN as further penance for my sins.

Dang! I poured a good, rocky two fingers' worth of bone-white head, then I began typing and looked away and by the time I looked back, it was gone! In the interest of equal time, it did leave a good bit of lacing in its wake. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity (I could read my next door neighbor's Sunday comics). Nose was, well, when I initially unscrewed the cap (yeah, you read that correctly), skunky. It may or may not be attributable to the green bottle. Taking a whiff from the glass, it was less pronounced than it had been following the pour and I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Would they really use Saaz hops in a cheap AML? Taste was not skunky at all, but it was sickeningly sweet. Wow! Between yesterday's malty love fest and this, I may yet develop adult-onset diabetes to go with my adult-onset asthma and my early arthritis. Great. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a sugary sweetness laced with a mild hoppiness on the tongue. Phew! Man, I would rather have fusel heat than sticky sweet, but at least, it is mildly palatable. I have had some beers that could not even make that claim. Finish left me thankful that it was cold and that I was not out in the alley, drinking with my neighbors.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:10:36 | More by woodychandler
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jaxon53

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-25-2013 23:03:55 | More by jaxon53
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animal69

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-09-2012 22:14:09 | More by animal69
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jt2488

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

07-16-2014 20:19:51 | More by jt2488
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Haffenreffer Private Stock from Private Stock Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.