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RATINGS: 2098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2007 2003 12oz - The aroma is very strong and pungent of prunes and other fruits I donít eat. Looks thick brown with no head. STRONG flavor that doesnít stop after you swallow. The aftertaste is actually just as strong as the beer itself. A sign of a great brew in my opinion. I know the alcohol is there, but the taste doesnít reflect it as much as the aroma. The label tells me otherwise. I bet they will get better with age and I look forward to drinking them later in life.

Update 05/21/05 - Just got a 4 pk of the 2002 from Khanís on Keystone in Indy. This is even smoother than I remember. I feel that they shouldnít even sell this beer until they age it at least two years. It has all the strong characteristics I described in my first rating, but is even better due to the smoothness. I still plan on aging this even more to see if it can possible improve.

Update 01/29/07 - Drinking another 2002 and I feel it has finally peaked or past that. The aroma and flavor are still amazing, but mellow enough that I donít see it improving much more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Murky muddy red in color with no head. Aroma of dates and prunes and caramel and alcohol. Pleasant, almost casual presence in the mouth with lively carbonation and light fruit flavors. Finishes with an alcohol burn. Dangerous.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2003 Whew! Take your time with this one. Subtle begining followed by a kick in the groin alchol presence. Good on a cold night- -before bed. 2005, sampled right after buying

Pours thick and rich, with a raisin-like tint to it. Head is generous for the short-term, but retreats southward in the long-term. Rush of fruit, like a liquified bottle of jelly. Notes of strawberry, raisin, and a bit of peach. Palate is thick and coating. A truly fine vintage. Canít wait to see what this year does over the long haul. 2005, 4/10/07 Age has intensified the raisin aroma. Still has the deep mohagony that I have grown to know and love. The flavor has attained a slight banana tinge, with a bit of raisin bread baking in the oven. Mouthfeel is still thick and coating.
2005, 12/07
2005, 12/08

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
2003 vintage. A reddish brown ale after fizzing from a high quality Belgian-like pour. Some cognac and barleyiwne aroma. Fine carbonation on the tongue. Immediate tummy warming from the alcohol. Barley wine and malt tastes, with Eno epsom salt. Numbing aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2004
2004: nice, rounded, bitter and malt monster; adequately carbonated; buttery and fruity nose; hints of dates raisins, and a bit earthy and oakey; slightly phenolic; quality, big time brew. needs some aging to smooth it out a bit. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Rotten fig English style barley wine. I think it compares well to Hardyís. Thick and intense. Very nice for the price

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Not bad. I had the 2003 vintage and found it some how slightly similar in taste to that of the doghead fish stout. Definetly a lively ale with a unique taste but I have had better.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2003 vintage. Deep amber with thin beige head, sweet honeyed aroma with some cooked veggies. Flavor rather ordinary some caramel and almonds with a hot finish. Average to just below average barley wine (IMHO)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2004
í03 bottle. nice shade of reddish-brown. aroma of brandy, dried apricots, whiteboard markers, banana liqueur. luscious texture with a surprising amount of bitterness. full and very tasty

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2003 bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a thin tan head. Aroma is a very fruity scent of red wine, grapes, plums, a bit of spicyness, and light alcohol. The ensuing flavor is sensational: sweet and fruity up front (grape, plum, black cherry), leading to a bit of roasted bitterness, finally giving way to a delicate whiskey finish. The whole flavor had an unidentifiable spicyness to it that I really enjoyed. And I liked the fact that the complex flavors of this barleywine were not masked by the enormous bitterness that Iíve experienced in others. Wonderful stuff, and I canít wait to try another bottle after a few years of cellaring.


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