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RATINGS: 2017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
As a continuation of North Coast Brewing Co.ís commitment to quality, our Old Stock Ale is crafted in the tradition of our critically acclaimed Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Itís brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so itís a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coastís Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale is a vintage dated ale. We produce a small quantity each year and it remains available from release date until our stock is depleted.

pre-2006 ABV: 11.4%.
2006 vintages: 11.6% & 13.25%.
2007 vintage: 11.7%.
2008 vintage: 12.5%.
2009 vintage: 11.5%.
2010 vintage: 11.7%.
2011 vintage: 11.9%
2012 vintage: 11.7%
2013 vintage: 11.9%
2014 vintage: 11.8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on nitro-tap into a Bellís tulip at Alís of Hampden.

A - Pours nut brown with a very spotty tan head leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of rich caramel malt up front with a touch of booze. Some dark fruits like raisins and figs mix well with a bit of spice and strong brandy flavor from the booze. A very complex nose.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness up front from the malt giving way quickly to lots of dark fruit flavors similar to the nose, toffee, and vanilla. Finish is strong booze that lingers on the pallet for some time. I liked this one a lot but I donít think I could drink more than one at a time. It is a very heavy beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A good amount of booze burn lingers for some time. I think the nitro hurt this one a bit.

D - Not too bad. I like this one out of the bottle better. I think if it was on co2 it would have been a bit better. Still one of my favorites for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (451) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2014
2014 vintage. Clear heavy amber pour with a huge dark ruby cast making it almost red. Good head, lacing and retention. The nose is dark fruits (plum, raisin and fig) over a faint caramel sweetness with moderate alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich creamy texture. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is loaded with complexity, yet well balanced. The 11.8% alcohol is very well hidden, but becomes more prevalent as it warms. It begins with a burst of caramel sweetness that flows into the dark fruit flavors, but the sweetness is never absent due to the heavy malt bill. Chocolate notes appear in the middle that relent to coffee/toffee notes. The finish is where the alcohol is most prevalent, leaving you with that nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat, but yet not overpowering. The finish is somewhat tannic with a touch of hops over a fading caramel sweetness. An outstanding Old Ale and a fine example of OCís brewing prowess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6492) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
9/VIII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-899)Thanks to hackobock for the trade!

Clear red to dark amber beer, creamy yellowish head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of alcohol, caramel, bit metallic, banana peel. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet, sugary, lots of alcohol, banana, sweet touch, vanilla, chocolate. Aftertaste: banana, bit sugary, milk chocolate, soft bitterness, sweet, something off, more milk chocolate. Good, but the B.A. stuff is much better. :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Drank a 2010 - 2014 vertical with my homie Asa. Rich complex caramel maltiness and deep ripe aged fruits. Booze was obvious in the newest version. Almost sherry like with bits of vanilla. It was a consensus that 2011 was the best, but this is certainly a beer that ages gracefully and works better with age than most beers Iíve. Easy, cheap way to have a fun vert tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Unde (594) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Reddish brown colour with fluffy beige head on top. Aroma has spices, tannin, wooden notes and anise. Resembles a lot of sherry or cognac. Taste has tannin, wood, spices, berries and anise. But this is covered by a wave of alcohol washing through and making this beer a very hard to drink. Full body and medium-to-low carbonation canít save this one. A huge disappointment, not what I expected from Barley Wine at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2034) - - AUG 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-28-13- Served on tap in a snifter glass Appearance Ė Served a mahogany colored brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head faded rather fast giving way to a persistent foam and a great level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma is sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel smell. Mixed with this aroma are smells of a dark fruit, roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness and vanilla. A bit of a boozy, rum like aroma accompanies all these creating a quite complex and warming smell. Taste Ė The taste begins with sweet flavors o toffee and caramel mixed with some roasted malt flavors. A light dark fruit flavor of cherry then enters the taste as well as a little bit of vanilla. Soon after these tastes hit the taste buds so too dose a mild oaky and nutty like flavor. Toward the middle to the end the booziness that was hinted at in the nose becomes known. In the end the now nicely warming and boozy flavor of the brew, when mixed with the sweet and roasted flavors leaves a rather sweet and toasty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfell Ė The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a 11.9 % brew(but thick if comparing to an average brew) with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly higher side. A little less carbonation and more creaminess may have better suited the boozy and sweet flavors of the brew keeping it, as is more appropriate, as a sipping beer. Overall- A rather tasty and slightly boozy brew. The only thing really holding it back from greatness is the weak body, but otherwise it is quite fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (400) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy reddish brown. Smells a little boozy and sweet, but well balanced. This is not a very hoppy brew. Very tasty and a new regular for me. Update: Was 4.1 now 3.9. Not enjoying it as much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
The 2009 vintage, with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops. Thin, off-white head, colour deep bronze. Complex aroma, temptingly perfumed with raisins, candied dates, pear syrup, cranberries, madera, sherry, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice... Rich fruity taste on a deep sweet, honeyish and caramelly malt base, full and vinous, retronasal all the good things from the aroma come back and further decorate the palate, hop bitter finish with nice warming alcohol. Very well-balanced, rich and elegant provision ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1114) - ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Clear amber with a nice head. Malty and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, malts, dried fruits and caramel, quite boozy. Medium-full bodied. Heavy but pleasant mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (259) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and Iím not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently.

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