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RATINGS: 2093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle (12oz - 2004). Poured murky deep red-umber with a small light brown head. Lovely BW aroma, masses of rich malt (roasty caramel, sweet but thick), fresh citrus-juice hops backing it up, plenty of mossy yeastlight wood resins, alcohol lurking the the weeds - the word that springs to mind is "fresh." Taste - wow that grabs you - the malt and hops burst out of the gate but the smooth alcohol blows past them and heads straight to my ears - this one is balanced, strong and blended, one of the nicest-drinking barleywines of my admittedly limited (12-16) experience. Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit flat (normal for the style), decent body, smooth yet complex - and although this has a pretty long linger, itís not bitter at all. This should be a top-100 beer, in my opinion. Terific.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
From the brewery that bings you Old Rasputin, here is another example of excellence in brewing. The taste is very complex, hops, fuit, coffee. A full flavoured barley wine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
OK. Thatís it. Iím not trying any more barley wines. Iíve tried three top ones from rate beer, and I havenít liked any of them. To each his own, I guess.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7157) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2005
Tan, creamy, medium head. Clear brown body with a red tinge to it. Aroma very like sherry with hop notes; firm and sweet. Deep, sweet, complex taste of caramel and sherry with coffee and licorice notes, quite bitter throughout. Round, oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty. Some alcohol heat. Lingers in the mouth. Excellent! Have put one in the cellar; really looking forward to tasting it in a few years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
The 12 oz. bottle is labeled 2004. It pours with a clear dark amber body, and a large, tight tan head with average lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and floral hops, with a touch of alcohol. Palate entry is honey sweet, with mid-palate flavors of beef broth, caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry and fruit esters like ripe banana. The is a nice well-hopped finish with slight alcohol warming. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Mmmmmmmm, good. This one is distinctive, and it also has a real nice kick! Rich, malty. and sweet, but not in a cheap or brash way. Kind of like a barleywine, but not quite as sweet as I remember the barleywine at the pub of the hotel where I stayed in England, but. I consider this brew just as classy and enjoyable to drink as whatever it was I drank those nights across the pond. This is about twice as strong in alcohol as the average beer or ale, but the alcohol taste is well integrated in a pleasant way with the wonderful flavor of the drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Cloudy amber/brown - opaque in the middle and clearing around the edges. Alcholic fruity aramel aroma. Taste follows. Alcohol-caramel-smoky-malt mixture with fruity (raisin) undertones. Butterscotch mouthfeel - rich and coating. Alcohol remains strong throughout. Mixes well with other flavors, but definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Bottle. Pours murkey, swamp water like brown. Thin off white head that diminishes to nothing quickly. Aromas of sweet fruits, melons and caramel. Tastes like caramel and lots of sweet fruits, raisins and apricots. Very sweet and sugary. More chocolate as this warms. Alcohol is well hidden initially but more prevalent when warms. Finish is dry and bitter. Fairly smooth beer, tingles my lips, but they are chapped a little. Decent, but not what I was expecting from this barley wine. Re-Rate 3/2/06 I wanted to give this a second chance, but I just donít like this beer, way too sugary. I like a bigger hop presence in barley wines and Iím not getting that here. Way to sugary and heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2005
2003 bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. A muddy caramel brown with a smallish, golden British khaki head. Aroma is of figs, plums and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied and quite soft. Raisins and plums in the taste along with candied sugar and butterscotch. Some oak and prunes in there too. A dry, hoppy finish. This is my second North Coast beer. Both have been very overrated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. Lovely aroma of figs, lots of sweetness, dried dark fruits, some melon.After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Smooth..lasting mounthfeel..I loved this beer and love the Brewy.One of the best. !!!!!


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