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RATINGS: 1908   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
2002 is the bottle I have. Pours a fine deep copper color with a slight beige head and lacing, but no real head, probably due to alcohol. Hop aroma at first, then malt comes next, along with a little nutty and slight vanilla in the very end. A slightly dark fruitiness is also very prevalent as it warms as well as alcohol. Flavor is very malty(crystal/caramel) with hops very close behind as well as alcohol and fruitiness. Very well balanced for a big barleywine, hop flavor seems to be very low compared to malt and alcohol, but finishes a little on the dry side for a big beer. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, warming alcohol, but slightly astringent from hops, but not overly bitter, otherwise very smooth. Fantastic beer for such a young age, I can't wait until I try my others in about 5 years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7807) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: dark brown, mahogany shine; disappearing cream head. Nose: hops, coloured malts, vanilla(?), blue cheese. Taste: immediate sweet impression, then very hop-bitter, fading into satisfying plumcake taste. Mouthfeel; very thick and rich, velvety. Alcohol evident. Aftertaste: after a while, noble hops haunt the palate for quite long. A very nice old ale - with American noble hops, as one would expect from a Californian brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Original Rating 2/28/03: My first barley wine. Yikes. Itís like a malted martini or something. Well, no, not the way I make martinis. Color looks like a brown bottle, no head at all. Very strong alcoholic taste, what you would expect from wine (duh) or maybe vodka. Fairly potent stuff. Didnít really taste like beer to me, but itís okay. 6/3/6/3/16 Re-rate, Cellar Reduction Night, Oct 20, 2007; 2003 Vintage: Wow, itís been a long time since Iíve rated this one. Murky brown color with no head. Good aroma of sweet brown sugar and a little salt. Very sweet malt taste, coupled up with a distinctive herbal taste, focusing on mint. Port-like. Delicious. Iím glad my tastes have changed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Very strong, but still tastes great. Good color. Very little head. Very good beer. Fun to drink also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Dark amber with a small quickly disapearing tan head. Aroma of berries and raisons. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit and alcohol. Very heavy body. Dry bitter alcohol finish. This will definitely warm you up and has the strongest alcohol flavor of any beer I've tried so far.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (346) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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