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RATINGS: 1952   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.’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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
hazy ruby body. Ripe, tart and strong! Soft, luscious front, ripe berries and plenty of alcohol. a solid barleywine, I'll probably hang on to a couple for a year or two, it would be well worth the modest price tag (something like $8.99/4)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Cloying sweet and rich Barley Wine, bananas,tropical fruits, and a superb complexity. Taste the flavours blossom as this reaches cellar temperature, rich sweet malts abound here, hops resonate above a creamy full alcohol burst.ahh Winter is coming and this BW will keep you happy on many a Winter's night 2002 Highly Recommended</>

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 I did not like this beer. Although I appreciate its complexity, it was too much like drinking hard alcohol. I usually like high alcohol beers, especially barley wines, but this ale did not attempt to mask the alc at all. Try Old Horizontal or Hair of the Dog Fred for a GOOD barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2002, couldn't wait any longer. Deep coppery brown, little head, nice legs clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some apricots. Great, thick mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Flavor was a very focused, with an emphasis on pure sweet maltiness, with some trail mix undertones, minus the salt. A touch of bitterness to balance on the finish, and an armagnac tinged warmth of alcohol. Very nice, but a touch one dimensional in a way, there wasn't any complex layering of flavors I would have hoped for. But still a wonderful display of the ingredients used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Has a serious put you ass down first impression. Yeasty and malty to begin with, with a slight hops presense throughout. Very oily taste to it, and an aftertaste thats delectibly sweet. From and 2002 bottle, which I must go get some to let age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Terrific. Strong malty flavor that just roll on the palate. Good caramel flavor. Can taste the alcohol but in this case it's a good thing. A very good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 2002 bottle: smells like chocolate covered cherries, wood, leaf. looks like a fizzy, dark brown wine. nice peanut colored head that diminishes nicely as a tight ring of bubbles around the glass. there is JUST enough carbonation present. it starts off chocolate, fruit, fresh bread. as it warms the beer becomes smooth like velvet and packages itself as a tighter bundle of flavors. i was eventually left with a warming holiday present of sticky liquor-filled chocolates and tart cherries that were just subtle enough in presence. thank BierBauch! UPDATE 12/8/04 thanks Dorwart! 2002 / downrated! wooh! but this is still delicious... creamy, smooth, delicious, still. caramel, liquor, light fruit like cherry--slightly vinous as a good affect. i’m still amazed! and my original notes are still good! YEAAA!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2001 bottling. Chestnut red with a slight haze. It pours with a minimal tan head that remains as a thin ring of foam around the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of. A somewhat nutty, plum scent dominates the aroma. Just a wonderful toasted malt smell. The taste is sweet as expected, but again the nutty component is very prevalent. Nice plum and cherry fruits appear, along with a biscuit malt flavor. Some hops clean up the finsh, and present a lingering bitterness. The minimal carbonation contributes to the velvety smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2002 Brown in color,small white head that faded fast.Malty caramel aroma with a wine like character,and light fruit side as well.Malty taste,caramel some dried fruit and alcohol,lots of alcohol in the finish with a fairly bitter side kind of harsh at first but it does mellow and the after taste is very long.This is a decent brew,but i believe age will make this a better brew and this one is a bit to young for a decent rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Translucent reddish brown color, little head. Aroma of figs, twigs, prunes, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and slightly dry from the alcohol. This would be quite a winter warmer on cold night. Sip it like a fine port. Excellent Barley.

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