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RATINGS: 1880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
2002 vintage. Dark amber/brown coloured. Fruity and malty aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Very smooth and round mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
2002 bottle pours a nice rich mahogany with a quickly diminishing head virtually no lacing malt aroma and taste nice alcohol. enjoyed this beer and I agree with bov rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
Russet coloured with a complex aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet taste and lots of alcohol, quite a lot of balancing bitterness with some leathery caramel notes but too much tongue-burning alcohol and a strange flabby caramel sweetness. If this was 8% it would be very good indeed, but there’s just too much alcohol for the beer to carry it off. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
Deep amber clear with a small short lasting beige head. Deep burnt caramel and roast malt aroma with faint alcohol coming through as it warms. Smooth luscious body. Medium sweetness roast malt with a hint of smoked character at the start. Softer sweeter middle and finish with hop bitternes lingering nicely into the aftertaste. Alcohol extremely well masked.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
Small tan head. Brown, with some reddish colr, clear appearance. Vinuous aroma with strong malt and aroma character. Malty. Flavor is good, strong malty, caramel. Aftertaste has strong alcohol burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Brown in colour with a medium sized lingering head. Nose is alcohol, anise and candied fruit. Flavour is same only more bitter than expected with a slightly metallic character to the finish. Quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
Dark amber with a medium brown head that is medium lasting. The nose is sweet but some lager funk in the nose. The taste is very rusty up front and very malty. So sweet and great, however the rust is too much for me. finish is acidic and metallic.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2004
2003 bottling. Carmel, nutmeg, toffee, moderate alc in the nose. toffee, carmel, fruits, very british. reminds me of bells batch 6000

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pours mahogany with a weak tan head. Aroma is fruit, syrup, anise. Puts one to mind of another spirit but not sure what. Flavor is somewhat acidic and a tad metallic. Good but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
perhaps this beer needed to be aged a little more to apprecatie its beauty. Poured a nice opaque amber color with almost no head. Fruity notes in the aroma as well as alcohol, oak, and some hops. Taste was initally fruity with some candy like qualities. Alochol was present. Taste could have been mre pronounced, i found its flavor to be delicate to say the leasy. Maybe i'll age it for a year or two and re-rate it.


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