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RATINGS: 1997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2004. Still young, but so what. You could probably serve this on the rocks and get away with it. Red/amber color and the last sip tasted better than the first.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
mahogany in appearance with virtually no head...aroma is full of spices, fruits, caramels and sugars; flavor is pretty similar with a strong taste of caramels as well...a nice alcohol finish

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2004 run. Poured nicely but with very little head. Great smells from this one, it warmed me up prior to even tasting it, when I did I was impressed with itís complexities. Flavors of dark fruits for sure and of course a standard sweetness associated with the style. As my glass emptied though, I found there to be an almost brandy like flavor to it (this isnít a abd thing in my opinion) the alcohol became more and more noticable as I sipped. Even the wife dug this one. I was quite pleased when I didnít expect to be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Comb. í03-í04 bottles. Dark mahogany with film for head. Sweet caramel/toffee up front, big dark fruit background, mostly prune/raisin. Flavor on par with aroma. Huge sweet malt up front, raisin and fig/prune through the middle and finish. Slight oxidation setting in. Very vinous note in aftertaste. Mouthfeel/palate is thick and luscious. So far I prefer 2 years old.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2005
2002: Pours heavy, effervescent and cool into the glass where it sits smuggly and says with a hint of piety " I, good sir, have aged to perfection". Its white stubble of head gives proof to the potion as does the candy caramel vapor of its breath, so heavily ladden with meadow hay, wildflowers and time. Now as this ruby-auburn and polished walnut pool is hoisted to my anticipating lips, I taste. All acridity, hops and alcohol lie as a hound upon the hearth of aged and masterful malts: present and appreciated but not alerted. The flavor oozes earthy tones and nutty notes as the complexity of apple rind and raisins blend, dance and twirl upon the tongue like jazz; class and rhythm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2003 vintage: Mahogney color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar and plums with a big alcohol presence. Malty, almost chewy, with some toasty notes, a hint of dark fruits, some brown sugar, a light nutty notes as well. Very drinkable barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Doughy yeast, dark fruits (raisins, plums and vinous, almost rum-like alcohol in the big, malty aroma. Opaque dark reddish-brown coloured body is topped by a lasting cover of fine-bubbled tan head. Sweet and complex maltiness is never cloying. Subtle notes of dark fruits and gentle suggestions of alcohol. Dark malts come to the fore in the finish especially as it warms. Some fair warming. Medium full body with an almost chewy texture yet dangerously drinkable. A great way to relax after an afternoon trudging about in the snow. Bottle (2002 Vintage - trade Aug. 2004). Thanks, Dorwart!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 a vintage 2003 pours a deep slightly cloudy brownish copper color w/ a thin tan head that will moderatly lace. Big sweet malty aroma, an odd hop scent I have not smelled before and a bit of alcohol as well as a touch of fruit like a bitter plum.. smells great. A rich creamy full bodied palate a tiny bit of carbonation. The flavor has a bit of well masked alcohol after the swallow comes off as a big sweet malt, a bit of carmel, hints of like a carmel apple and some raisens. Overall a great beer to sit back and drink w/ a friend or by myself. sampled a 200 the other day and couldnít believe ho smooth and thick the paalte was.. extremly sweet flavor was delicious.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle poured dark caramel with a thick brownish head. Aroma is malt,hops and alcohol . Flavor is sweet malt and alcohol and much to sweet for my taste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 2003 vintage. Deep brown color with tons of bubbles and a thin head. Very rich aroma. Flavor is smooth and well rounded. Tastes like it has aged and mellowed quite nicely. I really liked this.

RERATE: 2004 bottle. 2 years old. Deep brown/red color. The head of tight white bubbles only appears briefly with a vigorous pour. Aroma is huge; dark fruit, alcohol, sweet candi, a little sour. I love to smell this beer. The flavor is intense and mellow at the same time. The body is just about right. This is definitely an english style barleywine and a delicious one at that.

2004 bottle consumed in 2008 aged. The pour reveals that there is minimal carbonation left. The head consists of only one or two clumps of tiny bubbles. Aroma is incredibly rich and carmelly. There is some alcohol, but its not aggressive or offensive. Really sophisticated beer. 8/3/8/5/18

2004 Bottle consumed 2/12/09 over 4 years old. The beautiful malts of the 2004 vintage have held up fantastically. I really loved this year. Itís smooth and easy to drink compared to the newer hotter brewings. Bring back to 2004 recipe!!!! 6/4/8/5/17

2004 Bottle consumed Jan 2010. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol in the nose and the caramel has reduced. Iím worried that too much age is a real possibility. The flavors have thinned and flattened out. There isnít much life left. 2 years old was probably ideal.

2006 vintage consumed 11/06: Brown color with a ring and spotty drabs of head. Aroma is malty and actually whiskeyish. Flavor is alcoholic and much like whisky. This needs time. A lot of time. 6/3/7/4/17.


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