Private Stock Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Private Stock AlePrivate Stock Ale
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Private Stock AlePrivate Stock Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by largadeer on 04-18-2016

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by jzeilinger:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FlaviusG
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into willybecher glass 2016 vintage.

A: Light caramel, brown color, with pretty good clarity. Pretty solid pour only produced a small slightly off white soapy head.

S: Hints of alcohol chase figs, plums, and raisins with some burnt sugars. Doughy sweet breadiness with Light bit of cinnamon and banana.

T: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, a light bit of vanilla. Lets way for figs, plums, raisins, and traces of alcohol to play across the tongue.

M: Not a very heavy beer for the ABV, but slightly syrupy and watery at the same time. Makes the beer feel not as big as it is.

O: Phenomenal old ale. I was surprised at the price point, I would have thought this would have been barrel aged, but it is fantastic. The flavors meld together flawlessly and even though you get traces of the alcohol it is in the background. This beer is an easy drinker which makes it dangerous.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany color with soapy, light brown head. Aroma has some bitter fruits and some nuts with some dark sugar on top. Taste starts slightly malty and sweet with some dried fruits but gets quickly more bitter, nutty and earthy. Medium body, slightly oily, low carbonation. Overall this is a really nice strong ale, nutty and not too sweet.

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Photo of briancathy
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brew with a red hue that develops a small head that settles a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and a sting of alcohol. Tastes like this is already a couple years old with a slight stale, cardboard type of underlying flavor. But on top of that lies nice sweet fruity notes, molasses, woody, and grassy flavor. Alcohol is tasted and it cleanses the palate but is easily tolerated. Firm body and gently carbonated which works really well with this big beer. The bottle states this can be aged 20 years or more. Might be worth aging one out of curiosity but I doubt it will mature and improve as it is already tasting a bit aged and there is no need for the alcohol to mellow.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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.


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Photo of kbuzz
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with dry toffee notes and light hints of vanilla. Taste is a nice mix of caramelized malt with some toffee and vanilla notes with some residual sugar and a semi-dry finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid example of the style.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Dewey Beverage in Rochester, NY.

This pours a clear copper amber color, lighter than I expected, with a small off white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a big ol' basket of dried dark fruit, plums and raisins, with some toffee, leafy hops, and just a slight hint of booze.

As usual, Alesmith lay a nice malt bomb on the masses. There's so much wonderful dark fruit here, with brown sugar, toffee, a little bit of caramel, and a hint of bitter leafy hops and booze on the finish. The booziness increases as the beer warms, but it never gets all that overwhelming.

This is medium bodied, with a full, slightly syrupy, mostly bready, with a lower level but supportive level of carbonation.

This isn't quite up to the absolute best that Alesmith puts out, but it's still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of user785335
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a quite dark reddish orange with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches with good lacing. Aroma of dark, slightly caramel malt, dark dried fruit, a hint of tart cherry, sharp alcohol booziness. Flavor is dark biscuity malt with a hint of char, figs, dates, raisins, dried plums, a hint of tart cherry. The flavor smooths out and reveals a mellow dark maltiness before a malty, dried fruit and light grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A nice, interesting malty ale that is not quite an old ale, having more fruit; maybe more of a hybrid with an English barleywine. The malt is substantial and supports the fruit throughout the taste and the hops kick in lightly in the end to make an interesting counter note. Still young enough to be quite boozy. This skates on the edge of being to light bodied to support the massive ABV, but manages to pull it off. I'd be tempted to age this to see what happens but the mild cherry tartness probably would not be to my taste if it became dominant in aging. It's subtle enough now to be interesting and well integrated. This is different than Alesmith's more traditional old ales, but equally enjoyable.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of currants, with light amounts of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice balance between the fruits and malts.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color small tan head falls quick to ringed bubbles with some descent lace for a big abv brew.

Aroma is nice big malty, brown sugars free floating, good fruits apples, sugar coated plums, cherries some earthy notes and a good dose of boozy alcohol to round it all out.

Taste is like the nose big on malts but not quite as sugary as I thought it was going to be. Fruit notes are there with some earthy notes in the finish and a little kick of alcohol that blends well. Not much hops in the finish but enough to keep it from being to sweet, even thought its not really as sweet as it smelled.

Mouthfeel is strange seems like it shouldn't be light but that is the way of it, smooth and only medium, was expecting more body.

Overall smells great taste just not quite up to the nose, was expecting more free floating sugars I guess. Flavor is good though just not something I would go out of my way to have again.

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Private Stock Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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