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RATINGS: 2013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle. 2003. Beautiful ruby-brown color with a thin beige head. Sweet malt aroma, with some raisin, fig, and date. Raisin, dat, rich caramel malt flavors. Some alcohol wamring. Just enough hops. This beer has a rich, deep flavor. Great barley wine with a bit of a fruity flavor. Wonderful complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2004
2003 VINTAGE - Wow damn this is good! Hoo Hah! It pours a brownish red with a rather large head. Most barleywines Ive had thus far bend themselves either too sweet or really hoppy. Well this one finds the happy medium. A nice cherry, vanilla, raisin, molasses, and almond flavor. It hides the alcohol extremely well. This one manages to find balance despite the high ABV. So there it is my favorite barleywine right now. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 2002 vintage
Aroma: brown sugar, carmel, some red grapes, alcohol, wood, coco
Appearance: dark brown, cream head, some lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, burnt malts, spices, some wood/barrels, slight hop scent
Palate: very smooth, slightly bubbly, dry--slightly hopped-carmel aftertaste

2004 vintage, tasted 3/18/2005
Aroma: 6/10--dog food, some mustiness, and wood scents
Appearance: 4/5--dark brown-red, small head, some lacing
Flavor: 6/10--sweet dog food flavors, some hops, light dark fruit flavors, and some molasses
Palate: 2/5--smooth with dry-hoppy bite. Weird dog food aftertaste
Overall: 14/20--lots of room for improvement, needs to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2004
2002 Bottle. Pours a rusty orange brown color, with a slight off white head and lacing. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, minimal hops, malts and more malts. If this was generously hopped they’ve really mellowed out at this point. Massive malt body, thick, like chewing caramel; alcohol is prominent in the flavor. Refined, soft palate, with some burning, but overall very warming. At times rivals the complexity of Belgian strong ales, but at other times is just an assault of malts. This is one to sip and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
what a barleywine!! This is a dyn-o-mite offering from yhe folks at North Coast. Big malty sweetness that was ousted by the huge hops of this one. Truly great beer. Alcohol is suprisingly understated in the taste...I am impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2002 Bottle. Aroma is very fruity, vinous, berries, nutty woodsiness. Chocolate maltiness in the nose as well. Nice aroma. Pours a hazy muddly amber/mahognay color with a yellowish head which disappears rather quickly. Start is a little thin and slightly bland turning to huge amounts of vinousness along with a very noticeable alochol burn. Roasted malts in the very finish with some slight chocolate hints. A decent barleywine, but not what I think of when I think of a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 I have become quite fond of this one. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy red-brown color with a very small tan head. The aroma is malty and has elements of molasses and ripened fruit. The flavor is malty and dominated by molasses and caramel notes. There is some ripened fruit in the undertones. There is some alcohol burn, but not nearly as much as you would expect given the alcohol content. A subtle note of bakers chocolate comes in as it warms. Lovely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Damn! Now we’re talking. First off I did not check the alcohol content until after I drank this. I was stunned when I saw this was 11.4%. I never even noticed since I was really blown away by how smooth, gentle, and warming this ale was. It has incredible depth and really has one of the best sweet malt tastes I have had. I feel this blows away Old Rasputin. Also, it has great smell and apperance. An excellent choice, I am extremely pleased, this was an awesome ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
2003 Bottle...Hazy copper with a thin tan head, some fair lacing at the brew line. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a creamy caramel nose. Sweet malt flavor with a dry alcohol finish. Warm and medium to full-bodied creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 2003 bottle pours with a small head,and has a nice bourgandy color with a very sweet smell.the taste is very sweet,and hides the alcohol EXTREMELY WELL.good thing it comes in 4 packs.

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