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RATINGS: 2098   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%


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 2010-11-19, vintage 2007, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
The color is dark brown; it has a medium-sized head, a bit fizzy, but with some persitence. Nice aroma, hop and caramel; light cheesy yeast too, and lightly buttery; rich and dynamic. Good malt flavor, and caramel; just some sweetness but not too much; some dusty chocolate too, and traces of milk cream. Correct bitterness. The final has traces of nuts too; and a bit too much alcohol. Good, but more is expected from a Barley Wine.

2008-10-25, vertical tasting
vintage 2004, 4 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39

Darker color than the others, the head as well doesnít stay long. The aroma is not impressive, but the flavor reaches good balance and complexity; not much sweet, with a good mix of caramel, oxidized malt, bitterness, Very good, the most intriguing of this vertical.
vintage 2007, 1 year old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
vintage 2008, 7-4-8-4-16=39

Dark amber color, hazy. The aroma shows some alcohol and malt; the 2007 has light oxidized caramel, the 2008 has very light fruitness (apples). Malt and caramel flavor, the 2008 is sweeter, the 2007 has now used more of it and it has a better balance toffee-fudge-bitterness. Good bitterness. At the end the 2007 is more alcoholic, the 2008 is more balanced.

2005-05-21, vintage 2004, 1 year old, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Clean red - dark amber color. Malty aroma, caramel, fudge impression, light alcohol. Solid, well malty, a lot of sweet caramel, liquorice and salt; burning final. Ends very bitter, with loads of caramel. Probably too young, and probably not suitable for ageing.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 The first thing I noticed with this beer was the ALCOHOL! BAM!! Then it turns into a nice little ale with a slightly fruity taste. Still, lots of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Deep amber with absolutely no head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malt and alcohol. Lots of fruit in the flavor - raisins and figs. Licorice. Very port-like. Thick, syrupy palate. Another great beer from North Coast. I was trying to save this beer for #100. but I gave in to the temptation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
A very good rich beer, taste of combination of Almond Liquer, brandy and scotch. Strong and aromic with earthy tones. mighty good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6614) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Hazy amber, beige head. Toffe and marcipan in both aroma and flavour, also some almond.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Brown-orange with a tan head. Smells strong, like other barley wines, but reminds me of pizza for some reason. Has a very strong thick flavor. This beer (combined with others of its style) made me switch my favorite style from stout to barley wine. The best part about this beer is that it tastes like a 6 or 7% barleywine. Wonderful and (relatively) cheap.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours a dark murky brown color. I smell some chocolate and some dark dried fruit. Upon the initial taste I do taste chocolate that quickly eludes my palate and then brings me that of the dark dried fruits and as it warms even more I taste the aroma of cedar as well as the sweet taste of malt....oh yeah and the alcohol is there on this one. Syrupy and pretty smooth for the ABV%. If barley wines are your thing I suggest you try this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled. Iím not into Barley Wines a lot but when they are so well balanced and overwhelming with other things than just hop and alcohol I love them. And this one falls in that categorie. Intense aroma of dried fruits and herbs. Redbrown color, light brown firm head, very nice lace. Very sweet, very bitter, loads of dried fruits, portlike flavors, very herbal hops. Thick, warming and a little syrupy. Wow!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2005
2004 Bottle. Pours a dark red like brandy with minimal off white head. Little to no nose, some nuttiness, small amount of alcohol. Small hints of caramel, brandy with a warm alcohol feel. Possibly needs alot more aging.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled in 2001. This strong winter ale poured with virtually no head, eliciting a malty aroma. This is a sippiing beer. The flavor is sweet and a bit fruity, with a very thick palate. This aged beer is much more mellow than the fresh bottle I consumed a few days ago. It turned out to be a good idea to store some of this for a while.


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