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RATINGS: 2097   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3930) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pour is a very murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is strong and earthy. Its a very musty, leathery and dark fruits. Alcohol wallops you in the end and maybe a bit to much. Tasty and different and deffinatly a sipping brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2004. Caramel, malt and alcohol aroma. Amber and headless. Alcohol isnít noticeable taste wise, but it does burn the throat and you taste some hop dryness. Still i donít get a lot of flavor in this. Itís thick and it has a great feel in the mouth, but it doesnít have much flavor to comment on. Decent enough, but I wasnít blown away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2003. Pours a deep brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Great aroma of classic "ale". It screams "ale". Itís quite good. Mildly bubbly, but thatís probably held back a little by the íthicknessí. Has a great coating mouthfeel, a dry finish, and a great overall flavor. Nice alcohol warmth. A definite íbuy againí.<P>Update, 1/20/06, 2002 Bottle. Chocolate flavors really come through in this batch. Thick and murky. This one is quite a bit more subdued than the 2003 version. Very pleasant, very drinkable. One of my "craving" beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
2002 bottle: pours a cloudy deep auburn mahogany color with very little head. the aroma is of burnt caramel with some oaky red wine qualities. the flavor is also of burnt caramel and chocolate. has a sort of dry sherry like finish. i feel like the 2003 was a little better. but this is overall a nice and balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Beautiful auburn in the glass with a bit of tan head. Slight aromas of caramel and whisky, with the addition of Fuggles hops and a deep plummy fruit nose. Vinuous and bracing, with a light enough palate that belies the smack of alcohol. The flavors in this beer are complexly laid down, and the whisky, vanilla oak, and fermented apricot hop profile will only improve with age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2003 bottle. Pours a murky deep amber almost light brown with a thin head despite a medium carbonation. Aroma is a little dirty- lots of yeast and fruits along with some sweet caramel malts. Aroma also has some cherry cough medicine to it. Flavor is a little smokey especially when cool but then more malt and fruit comes as it warms. Some alcohol burn and a thick scotch-like presence all the way through. A medium to strong hop bitterness in the end. I expected more from this. Still a little harsh for me even after aging a couple years. Needs more aging.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - AUG 5, 2005
2004, golden color w/ almost no head. monsterous hoppy aroma w/ hint of caramel and toffee. very hoppy and malty, a thick thick beer. tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
strong hoppy aroma. Also vinous notes and some carmel. Pours a nice copper brown, minimal head. Strong alcohol and sweet flavours typical of the style. Date is unknown as it is not listed on the bottle but Iím assuming its this years vintage. Alcohol warming in your gullet and a nice wallop as the alcohol hits the system. i would be interested in trying some aged versions.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a deep auburn color. Smells of fermented fruit, figs, alcohol, some hops. Tastes rather sweet and fruity for such a high alcohol beer. Rather enjoyable and warming. A cloying mouthfeel that left a little burn on the tounge.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2003 bottle. I donít know if it is because this was sitting on a shelf since 2003 or it is just its taste but it is kinda gross. It seems to me that there are 2 kinds of barley wines: the hoppy ones and these weird poison tasting ones. This one has a sort of burt vanilla and rotted ginger flavor. Where are the hops? too much alcohol in the taste.


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