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RATINGS: 1981   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2004
2001 - thanks to argo0. Nice sweet, malty aroma. Deep, cloudy brown color, but not much head. Very rich beer, complex flavors, malts, vanilla, fruits, and less of an alcohol flavor than you'd expect given the abv. Aftertaste has a hint of bitterness from some mighty fine hops. To put it simply, yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Wonderful. Lovely deep amber color with a nice creamy tightly bubbled tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice - mildly of burnt sugar and a little roastiness. Rasputin lurking below the surface, but kept at bay. Taste is deep and rich. Smell is pretty malty, but taste is more balanced. Slightly drying, hop finish. Can taste that gravity a bit. Totally digging this brew - should be a staple in everyone's cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2006 í06 update. Super strong alcohol flavor, lots of over ripe fruit and some mild hop and spice. This would be great to age, a little rough right now though. í04 Creamy vanilla, hops, sour apple, pine, sweet alcohol burn at the end. This is a good one, if not a little scary!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 9, 2004
2002 batch. 12 oz. brown stubbie bottle. No freshness date other than the 2002 on the label. Satisfying "pffftt" when opened. Adequate carbonation, especially for an old ale. Poured out a deep amber, burnt peanut color. It has a huge tannish colored head at first, then fades rather quickly back to a thin lacing on top of the beer, and a slight ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Strong aromas of caramel Sugar Daddies. (Remember those?) Strong malt presence as well. Vanilla, slight oakiness, and hops round out the aromas. Tastes very rich, with Sugar Daddies making up the bulk of the taste, with vanilla making a very close second. Thick mouthfeel, sweet, but not cloying. It's more along the lines of a caramel cream candy than a beer. Hops are almost non-existant in the taste. Sweet aftertaste, but not syrupy. Great beer from North Coast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottle: 2002 version. Malty, malty nose with slightly fruity with a touch of alcohol burn. Deep amber to medium brown. Quickly disappating tan head. Rich malt flavor with, again, a slight alcohol burn. Some notes of brown sugar. Really enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2004
(Bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep copper color with a small head. Has a aroma of maple syrup and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol dominant with hints of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2004
2002 vintage, consumed 1/26/04. Really nice vinious/brandyish aroma, hint of hops and slcohol as well. This is really a beautiful aroma. Good juicy malt, that's perhaps a bit sticky sweet. A bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Nicely structured, good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (926) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
A good barleywine (I'm not a huge fan of the style). Reminded me a little of Dogfish Head Raison D'tre. Smooth sweet alcohol flavor going down. (2003)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Bottle that was aged. 2002. Deep copper in color, with a huge thick head. nice aroma of maple. Well made and impressive beer. I really liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2002 bottle. Perfect appearance. deep mahogany with huge thick tan head, and clear. Aroma of maple, raisin, and alcohol. Super rich malty flavor, where the alcohol bite is kept in the background. Flavors include Maple and raisin, with a slight alcohol bite finish. This is one well made and impressive brew.

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