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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%


3.8
   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 (3269) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 2003. Murky brown with small white lacing. Aroma is mildly sweet with raisins and dates. Taste is smooth dark fruits with wood and vanilla. Bitterness and slight alcohol are present in finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours dark amber color, clear, white head with a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet, caramel, honey, dried apricots, prunes and... alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, honey, licorice and cherry, turns woody/earthy and ends on some more hoppy notes (pine and citrus) with a final kick of whisky. Very good creamy mouthfeel, very smooth and well rounded. This could age wonderfully.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This was 2002 vintage on tap at OíBrienís. Big caramel sweetness, vinious, w/ dark fruit undertones on the nose. Rich brown w/ goldin highlights and good lasting head and lacing. The flavor was full of caramel. Earthy undertones and dark fruit w/ hints of pine/ citrusy notes. Very complex. Creamy and tangy on the tongue, well rounded and medium bodied on mouthfeel. I liked this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2007 2003 12oz - The aroma is very strong and pungent of prunes and other fruits I donít eat. Looks thick brown with no head. STRONG flavor that doesnít stop after you swallow. The aftertaste is actually just as strong as the beer itself. A sign of a great brew in my opinion. I know the alcohol is there, but the taste doesnít reflect it as much as the aroma. The label tells me otherwise. I bet they will get better with age and I look forward to drinking them later in life.

Update 05/21/05 - Just got a 4 pk of the 2002 from Khanís on Keystone in Indy. This is even smoother than I remember. I feel that they shouldnít even sell this beer until they age it at least two years. It has all the strong characteristics I described in my first rating, but is even better due to the smoothness. I still plan on aging this even more to see if it can possible improve.

Update 01/29/07 - Drinking another 2002 and I feel it has finally peaked or past that. The aroma and flavor are still amazing, but mellow enough that I donít see it improving much more.


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