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RATINGS: 2098   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1627) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
bottle. 2004. copper-mahogany body with a rich off-white head. very decadent aroma - sweet caramel, yeast, sugar, wood, and earth. body is heavily malt-accented, notes of caramel leading in to a bitter chocolate finish. warm alcohol throughout. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
Vintage 2004. Very powerful flavor. Heavy mouthfeel. Very full and rounded. A pleasure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
agree it is better than the rasputin. more complex. balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 On Tap -- wonderfully smooth beer for 11.4%. Didnít even realize that was its level. Itís a barleywine and itís good. 2003 edition (drank 12/28/2005) very smooth and mellow. Little carbonation if any at all really. Deep mohagany/hazy look. Hops do not surface as much as what I remembered on tap. Long caramel palate. Not sure if itís any better after 2+ years, but itís still good. (8/5/8/5/16=4.2) 2007 Edition: drank new, aroma perhaps a bit less pungent (good), but still worth an "8", but this is just such a classy ale, and to me the finest barleywine Iíve had. Big caramel and soft alcoholic tones to the 2007 already. Buy up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2004 bottle. After my Rasputin disappointment, this is more like it! Dark brown pour, small tan head. Strong sweet caramel aroma with some alcohol present. Taste made me say wow on first sip, a really well balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present. Fantastic balance, fuggles in this Barleywine really shine through. Not the most complex Barleywine I have ever tried, but that matters little when the beer is this damn good. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
2004. Pours a deep dark ruby color. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol being present. Rich thick mouthfeel. Lots of flavor. Assault of malts and hops right up front. Sweet and bitter. Some alcohol is present, but just enough to give it more flavor. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
2003 Vintage. Dark mahogany w/ almost no foam & little-to-no-carbonation. Big, malty aroma of dark bread, caramel, dried fruit, orange & brandy. Full-bodied, syrupy feel. Flavour is malty & fruity w/ a warm alcohol presence in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Rerate: 2006 bottle from Somerville Super Saver. I still stand by what I wrote before. This is a very well balanced beer which is abundant in hops and malt. The alcohol stands out a bit but not at what Iíd expect for 13%. It reminds me of dried raisons aligned with orange and grapefruit nuts soaked in a rum baba. *************************************** got this at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. I should have gotten more. It had a heavily malted aroma and it seemed like an English ale by its red color until I drank it and discovered another work of art by North Coast. I taste a heavy dose of caramel and sense a slightly pungent finish which basically was the beer yelling at me to age it more. It seems like it would be great with sea food. Its great with anything!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (22523) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a dark clear red colour with a tan head. Sweet malty smell, also fruity and alcohol in the smell. Has a smooth taste of raisins licorice and also herbs. the mouthfeel is pretty thick with a nice bitter after taste. This is a lovely beer strong in alcohol but smooth in taste

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