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RATINGS: 1981   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle. 2004. Dark amber body with a thin film of bubbles for a head. Nice round flavor-good amount of hops (bith bitter and aroma), slight banana, cherry, caramel, wood, alcohol, dried fruit, and some slight chocolate. The mouth feel is very full. The only major problem that I can taste is that the flavor is slightly metallic. Very dry warm finish. A great example of an AMerican BW.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
A dark golden brown body with off-white head. The aroma is sweet like cherries and "dadler". A round and strong flavor, with hints of sweet wildberries. A little too "ensidig", and the taste of alc is a bit dominating! I normally love US barley wines, but this particular one is too borring and doll. When i drink barley i want a kick in the head, and 100s of flavors to attac every inch of my bloody body!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 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. 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. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy at times with an almost full body. Drinkability was good, as I could have had another one after this if I wasnít going to bed afterwards. Great ale here that I recommend to anyone to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle (2004) pours reddish mahogany, small fizzly off-white head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. † Nutty aroma, malty, with notes of apples and figs. † Noticable alcohol as well. † Subtle hop bite with a mild malt forefront. † Dark pitted fruit as well as some apple skin on the tongue. † Very smooth for a 11.4% example. † Mild body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. † Finishes with a bit more hop bite, light malts, sweet, with figs, dark cherries, & alcohol lingering. † This is one to look forward too each Winter.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Dark brown and slightly hazy with red highlites under a thin beige head. Plenty of sweet dark fruits and toffee in the aroma along with healthy malt. Satisfying flavors of grapes, brown sugar, pear, malt and alcohol. Warming finish that leads easily into the next sip. I had a 2003 bottle and stashed another couple away for next year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2002 edition. Lovely aroma of figs, lots of sweetness, dried dark fruits, some melon. Pours a hazy dark red to browinsh body, small tannish head. Nice sweet flavor, candied sugar, good alchol burn and ends rather dry. Very nice barley wine. Thanks a bunch to Dorwart for trading me this gem!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Draft 2002 version. Poured a dark cloudy color with no head. Strong fruit smell with an heavy aroma of peach. A nice cold nite warm you up beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
This is a big one. Nose drips with thick, pungent fruit, molasses, pine and a small hint of chocolate. Clear brown amber in the glass with about fifteen or twenty minutes worth of head--four oz or so if youíre taking your time. Hop bite comes up front and smooths to a big, syrupy mouthfull of fruit which in turn fades to unashamed alcohol and earthy hop bitterness. Definitely harsh around the edges. Some aging would hopefully tame this but as it is, itís a slow sipper that needs some getting used to before you can explore the full range of itís flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Solid barley wine. Dark ruby, cloudy body with a small off-white head. Great fruity, grape, wine aroma. Very smooth berry/fruity taste. Alcohol bite. Strong malty finish. Enjoyable beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2002 Vintage. Appearance: a brilliantly ruby reddish hue, with a darkish head that dies down immediately. Aroma: dazzling! full of dark fruits (cherries, berries, grapes), and wine, port, cognac... a very evident alcoholic component! Big hops, big malt, big booze: thatís the basic lineup, but when it all tastes so good, who could want anything else A sweet, syrupy characteristic shines through the mouthfeel...the fruit and the booze (brandyish) totally dominates the overall texture. One thoroughly decadent ale, and a truly stand-out examples of a barleywine.


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