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RATINGS: 2119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just donít like barleywines, but I wasnít that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
2004 Vintage††Pours a near-opaque, rich ruby/vermillion with nigh a head except for a thin, white halo. Juicy, caramel aroma, mostly malts with a lick of alcohol and plenty of dark fruits and caramel. (Intoxication intensifies exponentially as it warms.) "Oh my," I actually proclaim as I taste this one. Rich and wooden with the alcohol seriously penetrating, the flavor also finds vinous notes, deep veins of caramel and sweet baked goods... itís like being a child again, finding delicious treats in the strangest of places! A thick, syrupy, warming palate rates a "4" until I take into account the soft shroud of drunkeness that blankets me. Perfect.

Gene, you can keep your Old Horizontal... Iíve found a BarleyWine worthy of my time ("floor-malted Maris-Otter Malt" my ASS).

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Perfect coloring for a Barley Wine. Nice lemony head to this beer. Excellent aroma consisting of malts, hops and citrus flavoring with heavy sweetness. Supreme taste consisting of fruits and malts. Great ending, one of the better barley wines Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown amber, very little head. Kinda of ugly. Aroma is sweet, malty, with a little alcohol. Not much, considering the ABV. Flavor is mostly the same, kinda fruity. You can taste a good dose of alcohol, but it works well and doesnít distract. Especially since it is damn cold outside today. I must say though, this brew doesnít really stand out for me. Itís well made, and it tastes good, but is awfully similar to several other barley wines out there. Still, pretty darn good. Warming and robust, an excellent winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3963) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
Pours a clear dark brown. Very sweet, lots of risidual sugar. Aromas of fruits and malts. Also a nutty alcohol aroma. Could have more hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sudsmeister (75) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnít take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
This review is for the í05 vintage. Very tasty beer with a malty, whiskey, alcohol nose. A little sweet on the first taste but it balances out rather nicely with some bread and chocolate notes swirling around. Finishes rather dry. Very nice and something Iíd purchase again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottled, 2004 vintage. A great American barley wine with a truly amazing palate. Aroma is full of malts and fruits, and the flavour is sweet and dry. Extremely full palate. Balanced bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/2008. Clear dark amber body with ruby highlights and a small creamy off-white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma with some woody hints and some fruit and yeast. Big caramel and molassas flavor, more yeasty hints with some fruit in the finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. (8/4/8/4/16) On 02/06/2006. Small creamy yellow head on a murky dark cherry body. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of nuts and molassas. Sweet flavor with molassas tones, very easy to drink for its alcohol content. (8/5/8/4/16)

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