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RATINGS: 2080   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.’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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
12 oz. Bottle, 2002 Vintage: Cloudy red-amber pour, fair carbonation produces a solid brownish head. Sweeter smelling frutis and malts dominate the nose with the alcohol making an unwanted appearance, missed the hops. Flavor starts sweet and quickly turns to medicinal alcohol, again I missed the hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
2003 Bottle. A brilliant orange when held up to light, burnt amber otherwise. Head formation much like that of soda, and unfortunately dissappears just as fast. A thick beer that rolls through the mouth. Very malty aroma with a touch of wine. Malty taste, with slight lingering bitterness. Can definitely feel the heat of the alcohol going down on large sips.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Sampled the 2003 vintage. Pronounced alcohol in the nose and flavor. Slightly hazy with a dark reddish-amber color. Rich caramel malt sweetness and medium hops bitterness. Very low carbonation makes for an almost syrupy consistency. Nice aged character but still has somewhat of an edge to it. Has still more aging potential.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Doesn’t fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 2012 Tap at Brewery. Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The nose is awesome. Fresh clean bready malt, stewed fruit and a soft spicy/earthy hop finish. This is an amazing product. Bright and fruity and awesome. Even young, this beer is amazing. 2006 from a 12 oz bottle. Very deep dark garnet with a fine laced yellowish head. Sweet malty aroma, plums/dates and raisins with a sweet orangey hop note as well. Brown sugar, molasses and toast. Immensely sweet aroma but also with a tropical fruity character ove the back. Flavour is sweet but also remarkably balanced for such a young and strong barley wine. Malts with plum and other dried fruit, a bit of leather and earthiness as well as some prominent licorice flavour. Toast and burnt sugar flavour. Fruity hops, strong bitterness and alcohol but it’s not out of control. Warming softens it even more bringing some soft toffee/caramel forward amongst the fruity, sweet hops. Tap @ Blind Tiger. Deep burgundy-red colour with a thin white head. Very sweet sugary, malty aroma. Brown sugar, molasses, licorice, cherry. Very vineous with a touch of acetic character. Flavour is also very malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of ethanolic pepper. Treacly body becomes cloying. A bit of peaty character. Good, but too young. 7/4/7/4/14 2004 bottle Hazy, cloudy dark brown beer with purplish highlights and no head to speak of. The aroma is very plummy with lots of dried raisins, rye-like spiciness and some toastiness. Soft alcoholic flavour helps dry out the sweet plummy maltiness that abounds in this brew. Fairly spicy/resiny aroma and flavour. Loads of fruitiness as well. The beer is still very sweet even with two years on it, but it is also still very good. 8 3 7 4 14

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2005
Bottled. Amber/Red colour. Big malty aroma of almonds and grass. Alcohol is sensed immediately. Toffee notes, slight licoricy, tidbits and above all, a nice sweetness. Maybe a bit peppery and too alcoholic in the finish. This is indeed a big beer that must be sipped slowly - even by my standards!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stew41 (1888) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 14, 2005
2004 bottle. Heavy handed style at 11.4% but ultimately absorbs the ABV weight. Thick palate, sweet alcohol and some aniseed / rhubarb. Cloys a little but nevertheless at interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2004 bottle so this has not been aged yet. Pours deep red with very little head or lacing. Aroma of berries, cognac, sweet malt and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is quite different than many american hop forward barleywines. This is like a fine liquor. Fruity, sweet, and with an alcohol kick. Truly a sipping beer, and that is coming froma guy who drinks Yeti at the same rate as a Molson.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2003 bottle. Very rich and high alcohol aroma. Nothing on the bottle tells you it is a barley wine, but there is no question what style this brew is once you take a whiff. Deep reddish murky amber. Very small, off-white ring of a head. No lace. Fresh, clean engine oil appearance. Flavor is very rich and alcoholic. Caramel notes. Highly carbonated; not quite as evervescent as some belgian strongs but more than most barley wines. Warming. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2004 bottle: sizeable head when poured that quickly fades to a thin bead. This beer is a deep amber/red and clear. Aromas of malt, yeast, alcohol and some restrained hops. The flavor is a little hot with alcohol and seems a bit unbalanced. Perhaps I will get a couple to cellar and see what happens. This was straight from a cold fridge so the aromas and flavors will improve as it warms, but initially it tastes a little rough: strongly malty with a sweetish, sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticable malty, alcohol, yeasty flavor in the finish which is interesting. This beer needs some time to smooth out. I think it has potential however.


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