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RATINGS: 2000   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%


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10285) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
hazy ruby-brown colour with almost no foam, very complex aroma of bread, raisins, licorice, red fruits and alcohol, very sweet and oily with lot of carbonation, very long warming alcohol finish with a dry bitterness and more fruity notes - powerful and heavy but with some cloying sweetness - to enjoy like a nice cognac

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Burgundy brown, sparse head. Aroma is very strongly of green apple, peach and a little bit of bell pepper. Some porto notes. Flavor is malty and classy. Sweet and articulated with lots of berry and cherry going on--this one is very winey. This scores highly fresh from the brewery; I can't wait to age some! Yum, yum, yum.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2003. got 3 more to age- but for starters- wow this is good. fruity spicy aroma, and a fruity oily aftertaste. very thick, and warming as it goes down. alcohol is hidden- i can barely taste it. this is a great barley wine that i believe will only get better the next time i open one. awesome!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2002. Deep, deep ruby colour. Thin disappating head. Little carbonation. Smells of oak soaked in alcohol. Thick, chewy malt sweetness. Tastes of medicine and coconut. Not as hopped as I would have thought. Very warming, almost burning.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2004
A nice, thick, hoppy, delicious barley wine, but surprisingly easy to drink. Very nice color and aroma, and a great full flavor. Another winner from North Coast.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, and bitter hops, light brown color. Nutty, coffee, brown sugar taste, a very interesting and unusual barleywine. Extremely bitter, while definitely unique, I can't say I cared for the brown sugar flavors in this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2004
One of the top class beers of the United States. Like drinking a top notchbrandy and soda. a brandy type aroma creamy molasses date taste. A wonderful treasure, one of my top 10's

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
This one lies leaning to the maltier side of my preference, but it is made so damn well that I can't find reason to complain. Being that I find it maltier than bitter, not too sure what if any improvement might take place in aging it. Did find a two year old one and will see if I like that more or less. VERY good stuff.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Very cloudy brown,short lived tan head.Interesting fruity malt nose.Sweet smooth blended malt taste.Medium to strong alcohol heat Rather flat. As with most barleywines, the alcohol heat overpowers the taste, and I donít like that style. Thanks to Cap Flu Note-06 version is rather unblended, maybe needs aging?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
2002. A good Barley Wine. Nice ruby color with a slim head. Sweet malt aroma. Much more sweet in the flavor. Some sugary mouthfeel to it, some caramel as well. Pretty decent, but not the strong barley wine I expected.


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