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RATINGS: 2037   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Bottle: Nice sweet aroma. Caramel, raisin, toffee, fruit, banana bread, whiskey and light alcohol. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights. Almost no head. Basically a white ring around the edges. Sweet and malty with a raisin apple finish. Nice alcohol warming affect. LIght hops in the finish. Going to sit on a few of these for a while. 9-4-7-4-15

Sample this again on 11-9-05 and 8 months has really made a difference. Nose is about the same with some added chocolate and less whiskey. Large off-white head this time that lasts for a minute or so. Flavor has changed significantly. Chocolate and caramel are the leading flavors. Light raisin is still there with some other fruits, but absolutely no apple. Alcohol warmth is still there, but much more subdued than my initial sample. More carbonation this time. Finishes with some light bitterness that was not there last time. Outside of aroma, seems like a completely different beer than I remember. Excellent. 9-4-8-4-18

04’ Bottle sampled 10/29/08: Excellent aroma with lots of chocolate/cocoa, caramel, whiskey, and a hint of alcohol. It pours a bright transparent orangish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a big dose of chocolate that turns to moderate caramel. The finish has a hint of fruit and faint whiskey. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Full bodied with a soft and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. It just gets better and better with age. 9-4-9-4-19

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2005
Deep amber color with a beige head. The taste is very sweet with notes of caramel and raisins. Finishes dry with nutty notes. Has a warming alcohol sharpness. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2003. Darker brown with a deep ruby tinge. Thin off white head settles quickly. Sweet malt aroma and caramel with subtle hop undertones. At first glance a rather ugly beer, but the more I stare- there is something indiscernably appealing in its appearance. Truly picturesque. Like Iím looking at an artists conception of a beer. Or Iím just very thirsty. Taste matches the aroma, although in reverse order with a clean dry finish. Hops more present in taste than in aroma. Big smooth body. Nothing alcoholic about this 11.4% brew. I love a good barley wine- this is a good barley wine. Have to buy more to lay down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Red-brown colour with a medium baige head. Sweet spicy malty raisin light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2004 vintage... Poured an amber brown color with a mediium lasting head. Spicy aroma with a malty sweet flavor of Bananas, Figs, and Raisins and a heavy flavor of Brandy. Nice thick mouthfeel and well balanced.. Much different from any other Barleywine I have tasted but very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Red colour with a small beige head. Spicy aroma with notes of bananas and alcohol. Powerful sweet spicy flavour with notes of alcohol and bananas. Good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2003 vintage. To begin with this is one sensational Barleywine from NC. Pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color, but maintains only a very thin whispy head. Luscious, rich aromas of brandy, dark rum, plum, raisin, fig and caramel. Flavors of aformentioned dark fruits, cherry, oak and chocolate just completely overtake oneís taste receptors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and chewy. Alcohol level is exceptionally well balanced and certainly enhances the aromas and flavors enjoyed here. If you can find this, give it a try. Definitely a winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2160) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 13, 2005
04 bottle pours red with a brown tint and a thinner tan orange head that is more tan than orange. aroma is lighter than expected notes of lawn clippings and pineapple and a butload of sweetness and diesel fuel. whoa slow down there cowboy this is a sipper. the first taste was a bit much it made me cringe. but the rum like plum flavors came through on the second taste. wow the bitterness bleedss through this but it is still cloying. a medicinal taste remains with this. christwagons this is raw. note to self age this fucker. but it should be interesting to compare notes down the line. i can taste a doughy raisin something that is angry, not as angry as me, but angry nonetheless. damn this is potent. i have learned that elvis costello and barleywines donít mix. both are good on their own but donít fit the same room. damn the harsh flavors makes me want to kick a kid in a wheel chair. twice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2003-Pours a nice looking cherry color with a small off-white head. Aroma is a little sweet. Some carmel and a little smoke fill the nose. Very mellow flavor. A great malt backbone with a sticky carmel and raisin flavor. I feel the alcohol in the finish. Well hidden. A very good Barleywine.

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