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RATINGS: 2098   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%


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Another tasty brew from North Coast. Pours is a clear brown with almost no head. Aroma of alcohol and caramel. Taste is an amazing, balanced mix of malts, hops, and caramel. The beer then comes to a an end with a very strong sherry finish. The alcohol really highlights the rich flavors of this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12 oz bottle thanks to the jolly fat guy in red. Great stuff. Poured murky brown with a decent head that really didnít last. Aromas of molassas and brown sugar. Some date and current too. Flavors were similar but the alcohol really hit me at first. Then it settled down into a great toffee and molassas flavor. Great stuff. Glad I have another.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2005
2004. Wow. This is ridiculously rich and flavorful. Pours opaque brown with tan head. Nose is syrupy toffee, roasted malt, with a strange almost saltiness bit that is unique and works fantastically. Tasting overwhelms your mouth with new flavors, finishes with a bit off alcohol. Perfect beer for winter.

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 (7222) - 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.


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