Haffenreffer Private Stock was the greatest 40 that ever lived, up until 2013 when Pabst Brewing Co. soullessly murdered the brand. Private Stock weighed in at 6.87% ABV and the "imported taste" was amazing. It did not taste like all the rest, it was head and shoulders above them. It was the most perfect 40oz experience there was, and if Pabst ever considered bringing back an old brand, I pray to the holy Malt Unicorn that it is this one. P-Stock was often compared with Ballantine Ale, not because they tasted similar (they didn't) but because they were both delicious, unique, and came in green bottles. Green glass bottles is key, but unfortunately green bottled beer is becoming more rare, in favor of brown glass which does a better job blocking out harmful UV rays. However, when it comes to beer the effect of the light on the green glass does something that makes the beer taste even better, albeit easier to skunk as well. Private Stock had a sort-of spicy malt flavor that's never been replicated with an alcohol content that was high enough for you to know you just drank a 40. This is the easiest 10/10 swills rating I've ever assigned. The world became a much worse place to live when Private Stock was discontinued. It's never too late to bring it back, Pabst. Nostalgia sells, and I'd buy it by the case. The Notorious B.I.G. knew what was up. RIP Private Stock... I miss you so much it hurts.
First off, much thanks to satan for hooking me up with this much anticipated 40! This shit is delicious! I swilled a St Ides beforehand and was feeling the rough st ides buzz, a few sips into the private stock left me feeling smooth and cool. Delicious brew, no aftertaste, excellent taste, swill was a zero factor, probably cause it tasted so good and I swilled it so fast. One of the best 40's I've ever drank, 9/10.
haffenreffer has done it with my second favorite forty ounce of all time. smooth refreshing taste and you get that sittin on a porch in the dead of summer feeling whenever you drink it. i also found p-stock in 8 ounce bottle shaped much like fortys which were excellent for quick consumption on the go 10 out of 10 swills for p-stock
I got this as one of several bonus beers thanks to 64oz. As I drank it I read the other reviews and it suddenly dawned on me what some people were trying to say....DRY! It has the imported taste all right, but is that of the dry style of beer that was the rage a few years back only in a malt liquor. Solid carbonation coupled with a less sweet body gives it tongue drying sensation not unlike a lemon or lime, but far less intensity. Buzz factor moderate, I'd guess in the upper 5 to 6% range. What makes it seem higher (as with most dry beer styles) is the smoothness with which it goes down so you end up drinking it faster than normal. If I was not already familiar with the dry style (I've had lots of Sapporo and Asahi) I might have flipped out to a 10/10, but I'll give it a solid 9.5/10. I just found out it is 6.87%, higher than I thought.
new to me not to the crew this malt was fantastic a unique taste which left me wanting more very smooth, similar to Ballantine enjoyed it very much even the swill was very easy 8 out of 10
Tougher to find than a lot of malt liquors, it's worth the search. Never bitter, always crisp, Private Stock is the smoothest malt liquor you're EVER going to find. The fact that it is packin' nearly 7% is amazing, when you taste how smooth it is. I've even gotten people who HATE beer to drink massive quantities of P-Stock. Now, that's saying something. If you search around online, you can also find some really interesting stories about the old Haffenreffer Brewery in Boston. The most interesting one though, is that now that Private Stock is yet another of the Pabst brands (via Narragansett) the brewery has obviously been sold. Sold to who, you might ask? That assclown Jim Koch (Who the hell likes those nasal-sounding commercials he makes?) so he can brew that Sam Adams yuppie-swill that so many people claim to like. My drinkin' buddy has a theory that you can tell how big of an asshole someone is, by how much they rave about Sam Adams beer. Hell, those two faggarios Opie and Anthony used to have Jim Koch on their radio show all the time! I think that proves it. Anyway, to think that a brewery once responsible for producing the mighty Private Stock is now making the worst beer on earth is nothing short of blasphemy! Final score: Sam Adams 0, Private Stock 9.
P. Stock is definitely the best tasting malt there is. i love it. i remember the 1st time i had it, i didnt think it was that great, i dont know why, maybe i got a bad one. the next time i had it i couldnt get enough.
This is one of the more fancier 40's out there and one of the best. This ones goes down as easy as it comes up. But before it comes up you can enjoy the crisp, highly carbonated "imported" taste.
High Gravity Swilla
Damn!-- That cheesey ass slogan-- Malt liqour with the import taste -- Im thinkin -- hey its malt -- and not expecting much-- but it tasted like fuckin Heiniken-- I was suprised -- all the way down the swill was even ok-- I drank the fuck out of it while I could I give it 8 out of 10 swills
I got this very sought after 40 from Bruz. After all of the very high reviews of this 40, I was expecting a great flavor.................And it delivered. It was a unique flavor, its kind of hard to explain but my best guess would be a little "ale" and tad of "power". My first few sips kind of were in question but very soon after I started to accept the flavor, and a great flavor it was. I medium buzz and great flavor puts this 40 up there with the best of em. I'll give it a 7 out of 10 .
i want my 40
i think that this is some good shit i had 1 the other day and i was like damn. for a cheap price it gave me a buzz.. it tasted great 9/10 swills
i dont know how common this 40 is for most of you, but im drinkin it and im forced to sit and sip it like a wine drinker because there is something VERY familiar about this malt. its like ive had something just it before. does anyone know what im talkin about? part of me is sayin little kings, but that aint even a malt. i better take that 45 minute drive to get some more lil kings so i can compare experiences. ok i just took another sip and im thinkin its not tasting like lil kings, ok enough torturing myself. its not bad tasting at all, and honestly i would have no idea what kind of a buzz its givin me because i had some beers before it while it was chillin in the freezer. i ll probably love the shit if the redskins end up winning tonight (they are my team) or saying it sucks if they lose just because i ll be in a shitty mood. but regardless my midgame impression is not bad!
lookin 4 a 40
With a little bit of luck and some haggling with the store clerk I was able to drink this beverage. My first thought of this was that it was the best tasting malt Ive ever encountered. This shit was damn easy to drink and resulted in a fairly good buzz..8/10 brown paper bags
Finally found this 40 in Indianapolis, at the Bottle Shoppe at 52nd and college. I mentioned that I "didn't know you could get this brew in Indianapolis," and the clerk said they'd been selling it for years. that didn't surprise me entirely, because years ago, when my brother lived on 44th and college, he bought and drank a phat boy from the same spot. i bought two p-stocks; they were right around $2.00 apiece. anyway, onto the brew.. opened with a LOUD crack, and has a good cheap beer smell. private stock goes down really easy, and really fast considering the 6.87% ABV. while comparisons to ballantine ale have some merit, i find p-stock to be less full-flavored, less robust than ballantine, which is to be expected somewhat considering ballantine is an ale. pstock boasts a dry, clean flavor w/ little aftertaste. more hops here than most malt liquors, but not much bitterness at all. i'm halfway through this shit, and feeling good. ranks below ballantine as my favorite 40, but this greenbottle brew is definitely in my top 5 40s. 8 out of 10 swills, firm.
Special thanks to Drunkenbird 611 for the hookup on this 40! This shit was real good. It really does have the 'imported taste' like it says on the label, which is also how it looks from the design of the label, the green bottle....I drank it in about 25 minutes, it was gone before I knew it. Didn't get me too lifted, I tried to go to bed after I drank it, I wasn't drunk but I was actaully energized and hyped...I would definately buy this again. I would put it in a class with Colt 45 of 40s that taste great but don't make you act retarded like St. Ides. luckily now i can get these in quarts, this taste so good that i dont give a shit about the weak buzz. really, its not all that different from little kings or mickeys, although those 2 are tied, this is ahead of both. i give it a 8 of 10, would be higher but its too weak. the awesome taste and weak buzz do make it perfect though for a night where you know youre going to drink multiple/different 40s. Buzz: C-, Taste: A
I didn't like Private Stock much at first. but after I drank it again I kinda got a taste for it, it goes good while chewing Winterfresh gum. This is prolly the only other green beer I like other than Molson Ice... I'd give Private Stock 6 of 10 Swills.
First things first, big ups to 40ozkilla (aka Army) for hookin me up with this bitch. Id heard a bunch of good shit about this 40, so I had high expectations of it when I started drinking it. And to be honest, it didnt nearly meet my expectations at all. It tasted similar to Rainier Ale, but without that crisp taste Rainier Ale has. Plus the buzz was very weak, similar to Colt 45, but without the great taste. Its still an alright brew though, just not was I was hoping, I give it 6 outta 10 swills.