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RATINGS: 1908   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.’s 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. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s 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%


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
2003. Amber-brown color, very thin head. Great aroma of caramel and alcohol. Amazing flavor of butterscotch and alcohol. Full body, warm mouthfeel. This one is quite young for a barley wine, but still it’s amazing, I can just think of what it’ll be like in five years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2004
2003 vintage tan-goldenish head that went kinda quick, leaving an insane spider web pattern on top. cloudy rusty brownish color, ruby at center and more gold at edges of glass. strong vinuous, raisin notes. medium carbonation, malt flavor and strong alcohol (11.4%!) spicy aclohol burn finish. peaty flavor and whiskey/bourbon. alcohol burn aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2003: Pours deep amber/light brown with little head...thick and smooth taste...viscous over the tongue with malt and caramel...prunes...alcohol, but very viscous and smooth...finishes with a nice sweetness on the sides of the tongue...oh yeah, did I say viscous?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 2003. Aroma is of caramel, cinnamon, and roasted malt/coffee. Flavor of soft but predominate caramel, roasted malt, coffee, a slight bit of bittersweet chocolate. Excellent malty barlywine. The sweet malt profile is just barely balanced by a slight hoppiness which ties to poke through the malt and leaves a slight cinnamony spiceyness. Alcohol is just bearly noticable on the finish, I would never guess it was over 9%. Very well used and hidden alcohol. Very nice palate for a barleywine riding the line between normal and syrupy it holds up but is not unpleasently thick. Excellent barleywine.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2001 vintage at Akkurat. Wonderful nose. Twizzler, oak, vanilla, sugar, prune, toast, roasted malt. Before yeast, ruby red-brown clear with lacing off-white thin head. Thick oily body with silky carbonation. Starts sweet, mellow and malty. A myriad of flavor, vanilla, oak, prune, caramelized sugar. Finish is smooth, vinuous, fine port, oak. Alcohol warming (11.2%) and velvet. This is a great barly wine. Sweet after, mellow and ethereal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2003 - Bright mahogany color with a finger high firm head of pumpkin insides hue, lots of good lacing in sheets and thick webbings. Aroma is a whole lotta caramelized malt action which ensues with a pretty juicy and strong waft with a bit of alcoholic heat enriched within the malts. Its coming across more like a dopplebock. Malty rich with caramel for sure. Semi sweet, ripe and dark fruit notes of raisins soaked in cherry sauce and drizzled in toffee. Flavors repeat the nose perfectly I think,....lots of caramel; smooth, dark, rich, thick, chewy caramelized malty goodness. Very round and full of malts. Chewy dark breads and dark fruits of cherry, fig, and raisin make for some slight mixing and are noticeable more closer to the finish. Hops still seem pretty juicy too with a slight fruity sense and oily resin but extremely tame on bitterness. The malts dominate here and by a good measure. Some slight alcoholic singes interweave within the caramel and help keep a slight burning or toasty warming aspect among the bigger gulps. And gulping is what will happen with this tasty, full bugger, as it is quite laxed, full, creamy, and smooth with just the right warmth of alcohol. Upon first sipping this massively yummy concoction there is now way this has 11.4%, ahhh...but it does, so watch out. Nearly as good as my fav Bell’s Third Coast...this stuff is great when fresher, aging this stuff I’ve found it mellows to much so... it changes by quite a bit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Woa!! 2001 vintage. So full of complexxity. Velvet cotton vanilla texture. Odd but spot on. Cost me a fortune $25, about. Almost worth the price. All you can expect and then some. A worthy #100 @ RB.


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