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RATINGS: 1882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Deep red in color with a wonderful sweet, malty aroma. Alcohol well hidden. Very port-ish with dark fruits in the mix, also a dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very easily drinkable barleywine and quite enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Another night tasting more barleywine at the 2003 Toronday Barley Wine Festival. I was just going to have 4 more samples and ended up stumbling out 3 hours later after having 7. Started with North Coast Old Stock Ale. Lots of molasses and brown sugar rising from the brew. Very soft and smooth to taste. Fruit flavors of grape and watermelon with lots of chocolate. A bit acidic. Great barley wine - I grabbed a 4-pack of 2002 recently and will cellar for a while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2003
cedar and blood-orange, pouring fiery and clear. hazelnut-cream colored foam isn't huge, but enough to signal a vivacious beer locked and loaded. aroma is plum-toffee, with a ripe note of aged rind of gruyere cheese, and more aromatic stirrings from dried rhubarb and peach. breezing throughout the solid more wholesome notes are corrupting wafts of peppery alcohol: wine, port, spiced rum, moonshine, call it what you will, it's potent. i started getting my hypnotic buzz at about the same time i'd decided i liked the beer, so the effect took me from open-mindedly analytical to blubberingly exuberant. (hey, it happens all the time with great beers). there's a sharp spot where the carbonation hits the tongue upon first sip: it's somewhat overbearing but it chills with a little warming (if you get my drift). that smart effervesence awakens sleepy taste buds (like a paul revere of the palate) to the flavor shellacking that's just arriving: a big sweetness that might seem sissy if it weren't for the concommitant and warming whallop of intoxicants. finally a fierce tongue-wringing of bitterness twists out even more caramel rum fruit cake, sizzling and roasting sugars and a winning finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Creamy. Fairly one-dimensional. Thin. Quite sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003
2002 batch - Pours deep amber with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma of hops and alcoholic strength. Flavor was a decent hop + malt balance that covered up the alcohol well. It did have a tinny, metallic taste though that detracted from the flavor. Aftertaste was sharp hop bitterness. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but it will definitely get better with time.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
Pours with a nice reddish color, with a tan head. The aroma is great. I can't pinpoint what it is, but if it was food I would definately eat it. Flavor is strong and unique. It has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
I cannot believe I found a 2000 case of this at my local distributer, and it only cost $50.00. It pours with a small tan head that developes only slightly in the first minute. Color is opaque burnt orange. The aroma is malty and sweet, and slightly metallic, which is why the lower rating in aroma. I might change this after cleaning the glass and sampling again. Taste is heavenly! Rich malts with a smokey presence. A nice fuzzy finish with hops at the end. Very much like a Fullers 99 but more smokey and heavy and not quite as fruity. An excellent beer!
Update: after cleaning my glass throughly and re-sampling the metallic taste has gone away. It now has a port wine and slight grape aroma, just fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2001 - Caramel and malt in the nose. Slightly sweet body which hides the alcohol quite well. Finishes to the sweet side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
This one's a biggy. Heavy one the flavor and the alcohol. Has several flavors working for it at once, which not only masks the alcohol fairly well, but also gives it a more interesting finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Great beer. So tasty and complex, while still somewhat masking of the alcohol. This wa s a great buy too, cheap. One of the reasons I love barleywine. ReRate 4-04, 2002 bottle: Great sweet, syrupy cherry aroma. Color is a great shade of red, almost like a fruit beer. Taste is very malty and sweet. Slight metallic stuff going on, but still a great beer.


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