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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.’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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown colored, slightly hazy. Thin, tan head. Sweet, vinous aroma. Flavor is highly malted and sweet at the beginning. Malt and hops mix in the middle and the finish is nicely hopped. Well done barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2003 bottle. Deep reddish brown, thin tan head, fully disappating. Fruity: plums, raisin, fig. Also notes of caramel and toffee. Sweet malts galore with just a hint of hops underneath. Kind of boozy at first, but the alcohol tended to mellow out throughout the bottle. Big, firm body. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, berries - warm and inviting. Perfect for a relaxing evening. Plenty of malt, bitter for a moment then the fruits and spices come through. A warming finish. Slight oxidation here but that doesn’t take away from this great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1524) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2003 bottle. clear deep reddish/brown color, decent tan head...fairly short-lived. nose has a modest amount of alcohol, and is loaded with buttery toffee. flavor is essentially the same, with notes of an extremely subtle smokiness. quite sweet, full-bodied, very little bitterness or alcohol presence in the flavor, moderate oak notes....reminds me a great deal of Thomas Hardy’s Ale....very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7754) - 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 (2723) - 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 (3513) - 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.

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