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RATINGS: 2120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2005
12oz bottle 2004 vintage. Pours clear amber brown into the St Bernardus goblet. Skimpy fizzy head disappears instantly due to the high abv. Sweet malty alcoholic aroma. Flavor is much the same. Like sipping brandy, and its definitely a sipper. Not a beer that is easily quaffed. Reminiscent of the Dogfish Head WWS. Its good as is, but still has a few rough edges that a couple years aging will smooth. Excellent and sure to get better with age. $11.99 for a four pack at Broudys, Orange Park FL.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 2003 Bottle. Pours a fiery deep reddish-burgundy with a minimal layer of beige head (mainly a ring around the edges). Thick pour. Sweet, malty nose with heaps of dark fruits (sugar plums, prunes, & raisins), English-style hoppage, and caramel. Reminded me a bit of Harvest Ale. Thick and chewy on the palate, allowing the multitude of flavors to envelop and enslave my helpless tastebuds! Massive caramel and pruney sweetness provided a great base for the mildly bitter grassy hops, oak, molassess, toffee, and alcohol that were also present. Long, sticky, and warming finish of sugar plums, caramel, and alcohol. Tremendous brew!

2000 bottle thanks to Blake! Poured much darker than expected.. clear coppery-Port color with a loose layer of tan head and large bubbles on the ring. The aroma picked up lots or rich caramelization and deeper vinous notes with some apparent warmth and some herbal/medicinal notes present.. deep, rich, and enjoyable. The flavor had bunches of rich caramel and toasted barley accented by dampened herbal bitterness.. warm, rather boozy finish. Tasty stuff! Medium-bodied (lighter than expected) and syrupy on the palate.. warm, peppery alcohol on the finish.. still really strong, but smoother than the newer bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Caramel taste however the alcohol is not entirely blended so you hit into it after you taste the beer. A nice barley wine though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
2004. Mostly translucent and rusty copper in color with dancing large cloisters of tan acting as the head. Aroma is supercharged with cherry vats, cinnamon, fig extract, Hot Tamales, prune skin, oak batter and black cherries. Flavor encasement begins with an incredibly balanced composure of thick concord grapes, cherry pits, red currant and boysenberry syrup. Smooth oak vat traits furthers the balanced rendition. Rich fruity esters perpetuate golden raisings sitting in raspberry vinaigrette. Cyclical and unison as it rolls around the palate, mimicking a sucking nature on the taste bud receptors. Balance is achieved to-a-tee, finishing with cordial cherries basking in bourbon Manhattans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I tried this in a bottle in Atlanta. Very good stuff though a little on the sweet side. Very drinkinable, but definitel notes of the acohol in it as you would expect with this big of a beer. Iíd get more of it if I could!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] Aroma is dark and sugary, spiced, sherry. Full creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a deep murky brown/red, maybe some sediment. Very little tan head. Smells of huge amounts of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, and some alcohol. No hops. Interesting. Taste initially is a huge blast of the aforementioned malts. Damn. A good mix of dark fruits come into the mix, mostly raisins and plum. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. Begins sweet, finishes somewhat astringent, probably due to the alcohol. No hops at all, which is defintely different from all the other barleywines Ive had. Dont know the age of this beer. Almost reminds me of a dopplebock in some qualities. Only drawback was a slight metallic taste on some sips in the beginning. Vastly better than Behemoth, cheaper and more readily available as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (989) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Murky brown appearance. Aged for a year. This is much better now than when it was fresh. Flavors have blended together and the rough edges are gone. Lots of flavors going on. The most dominant is chocolate and some cognac flavors too. Drinkability isnít that great though. Still pretty sweet and too much alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
LCRBM, Bottle, 2001. Sweet, spicy brew. Silky mouthfeel, very wellbodied. Alcohol is remarkably wellhidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
(2004) Pours a rusty brown with a small off-white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor is caramel, molases, spice, scotch, and some dark fruit that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Texture is smooth, finish is long. Alcohol is present, but subdued for 11.4%, warming.

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