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RATINGS: 1952   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.’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%
2014 vintage: 11.8%


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle, 2003. Fantastic Barleywine. Pours a deep brownish read with a short-lived off white head. Aroma is malty and of dark fruit. Taste is of currants, plum, and molasses. Tons of malt and good hops here.Sweet/Syrupy-very complex-there’s a lot going on with this brew. Gets better as it warms, has a warming wintery effect but is great in August too. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Alcohol content is present but not overpowering. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (5847) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2004
2001 vintage at Akkurat I mostly get marzipan, dark chocolate and nuts in the aroma. Hazy brown coloration. Flavors of chocolate, wood, cognac raisins and plums and tons of stuff I forgot to write down. A slight burn in the end. Wood aftertaste. Definetely a barleywine I would love to re-rate with a bit more time on my hands...

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodduck (5) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2004 does not count
Mild aroma. Small quickly disappearing head. Deep red-amber color. Flavor is very much like sherry and oak. Moderate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
2003. Amber-brown color, very thin head. Great aroma of caramel and alcohol. Amazing flavor of butterscotch and alcohol. Full body, warm mouthfeel. This one is quite young for a barley wine, but still it’s amazing, I can just think of what it’ll be like in five years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2004
2003 vintage tan-goldenish head that went kinda quick, leaving an insane spider web pattern on top. cloudy rusty brownish color, ruby at center and more gold at edges of glass. strong vinuous, raisin notes. medium carbonation, malt flavor and strong alcohol (11.4%!) spicy aclohol burn finish. peaty flavor and whiskey/bourbon. alcohol burn aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2003: Pours deep amber/light brown with little head...thick and smooth taste...viscous over the tongue with malt and caramel...prunes...alcohol, but very viscous and smooth...finishes with a nice sweetness on the sides of the tongue...oh yeah, did I say viscous?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.


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