Private Stock Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Private Stock AlePrivate Stock Ale
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3.98/5
Very Good
86 Ratings
Private Stock AlePrivate Stock Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,977
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
86
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
13
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of stephenlee
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grinky
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tops out at around a finger of dark tan foam, full mix of bubble sizes across the surface but not much dimpling, retention is average, thin dusting coats the glass sides which slowly form archipelagos rather than streaks. The liquid is squeaky clean and coppery orange to brown in hue, consistent throughout, very modest amount of lonely bubbles here and there. Relaxed layers of fruitcake, nuts, chocolate, vanilla bean, graham cracker, honey and licorice, basically everything sweet and good, the plum, maraschino cherry to fig fruit actually able to add erectness, for all that it lays on you doesn’t get heavy. Full-bodied, foamy initial mouth feel which moderates into a more velvety texture. Grains, tea leaf, vanilla and milk chocolate you left in your pocket, licorice, spiced orange peel, virtual replica of the nose. Manages the alcohol well, no burn and only mild drying sensations. On the whole it’s not oppressively sweet and nimble for its girth. Figs, dates, candied cherry and raspberry fruit, registering these flavors actually call the booziness to the fore. While you could excuse it as tactful the finish trails off prematurely. Very good but needs to have the flavors resonate and soak in more. (2017 bottling)

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11% ABV, 30 IBU, OG=1.110 per the website. 2016 vintage. Brewed with traditional English hops. Thick layer of yeast at the bottom. Pours out to a lightly cloudy chestnut with lots of flittering bits of stuff (hops and yeast) bubbling around despite standing upright in my fridge for well over a year, forming a moderate yellowish/light tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is quite mild, probably slightly less than 2.0 carbs. The nose is of strawberry jam, black cherry juice, molasses and faint soy sauce. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly cloying, dense bodied. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of strawberry jam and molasses. Bitterness is quite mild and earthy. Light oxidation, warming alcohol, subtle fusel alcohol in the finish and aftertaste, bitterness gain strength in the aftertaste which improves the drinkability. Mildly metallic and leather in the aftertaste as well.

A decent strong old ale, however slightly less enjoyable due to the gunky pour, oxidation, the metallic note, and fusel alcohols which mar an otherwise nice brew. I would drink Founders Curmudgeon, Bells Third Coast and Averys Old Jubilation over this however.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet vintage 2016?at near room temperature. Go a half inch tan head that after sipping leaves plenty of thin wisps of lace behind.

Smell is dates, oaky vanilla, caramel, toffee, gram cracker, and some hints of alcohol.

Taste follows dates, oaked vanilla, toffee, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is almost large, moderate life, a tad dry as you would expect, and a slow sipper that goes down way faster than you want because of its complexity.

Overall this is a beer snobs jam, a beer made for people that want something tasty and unique. Well done.

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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter from Savor Growl in Columbus. This mighty fine
stock ale pours a nice copper tinged dark brown with a very nice head of white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin wispy pool, and showcases very nice lacing. Nose of
brown sugars, candied fruits, figs, plums, and moderate amounts of spicy hop notes
with warm boozy brandy like notes. Flavors fantastically exceed the nose with light exceptions
showcasing notes of brown sugars and mild candied cherries and cranberries that fade into
a warming brandy note with plums and raisins with a touch of apricots. Pine and spicy hop notes
are there without being overtly obscene making for a fantastically balanced ale that is rich and full.
Excellent mouth feel; medium light carbonation, coating lightly slick and warming finish, and a
full mouth feel.

Overall, one of the best I have had from AleSmith who always delivers rich full bodied ales.

Cheers

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Photo of briancathy
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy raisin chestnut color with thin , off-white lacing, no carbonation. Lots of legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Raisins, brown sugar, figs, plums, dark fruit, alcohol.

T - Roasted toffee, alcohol, brown sugar, figs, roasted caramel, lingering pine bitterness, some lingering pine bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body/full bodied. silky/velvety

O - Pretty solid Old Ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of midlifec
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very well done style

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Photo of madelf66
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line

750ml
Black Foil/Capped
2016 Vintage Series

Poured into a tulip a very nice translucent dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, with some nice cherries, figs, plums, raisins, slight vanilla. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits, vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Private Stock Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 86 ratings