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RATINGS: 2080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2003 - Bright mahogany color with a finger high firm head of pumpkin insides hue, lots of good lacing in sheets and thick webbings. Aroma is a whole lotta caramelized malt action which ensues with a pretty juicy and strong waft with a bit of alcoholic heat enriched within the malts. Its coming across more like a dopplebock. Malty rich with caramel for sure. Semi sweet, ripe and dark fruit notes of raisins soaked in cherry sauce and drizzled in toffee. Flavors repeat the nose perfectly I think,....lots of caramel; smooth, dark, rich, thick, chewy caramelized malty goodness. Very round and full of malts. Chewy dark breads and dark fruits of cherry, fig, and raisin make for some slight mixing and are noticeable more closer to the finish. Hops still seem pretty juicy too with a slight fruity sense and oily resin but extremely tame on bitterness. The malts dominate here and by a good measure. Some slight alcoholic singes interweave within the caramel and help keep a slight burning or toasty warming aspect among the bigger gulps. And gulping is what will happen with this tasty, full bugger, as it is quite laxed, full, creamy, and smooth with just the right warmth of alcohol. Upon first sipping this massively yummy concoction there is now way this has 11.4%, ahhh...but it does, so watch out. Nearly as good as my fav Bell’s Third Coast...this stuff is great when fresher, aging this stuff I’ve found it mellows to much so... it changes by quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Woa!! 2001 vintage. So full of complexxity. Velvet cotton vanilla texture. Odd but spot on. Cost me a fortune $25, about. Almost worth the price. All you can expect and then some. A worthy #100 @ RB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Bottle 2002. Wow what can I say. Great beer after a crappy day at work. Nice apple aroma flows from this hazy brown body. The taste is sweet with a stout bitterness along for the ride. My only knock is that I can actually taste the CH3OH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle 2002. Like a Belgian strong! Super sweet, chewy mouthfeel, spilling over with decadent fruitcake flavor. Raisins, ginger, luscious yeasty dough play rolly-polly on my tongue. Alcohol perfectly complements. Hops do not overwhelm. This stuff is kick-ass. Thank you Eyedrinkale! And thank you Wunder for that bottle that is sitting my fridge, crying drink me! drink me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2003 bottle. phenomenal aroma of sweet and sour. licorice and raisins balanced with bitter hops. deep garnet color complex flavor of mostly caramel, hops, and alcohol. finishes very clean with a superb balance. very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
2002 Dark Amber Coloring. Small Head. Smells Like a Barley Wine....Smells like Ass-Kicking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2004
07.10.04 2003 bottle courtesy of Tom Baker (Heavyweight Brewmaster). Tom was excited to share what he called one of his favorite beers and I could easily see why. Pretty mahoganey color and massive, tan, creamy head. Body is velvet soft and smooth. The Maris Otter is an interesting choice; the beer has an underlying peat quality that surprises the palate. Sugary, long, and rich. And assertive bitterness that helps close the deal. A real beauty, it reminds me somehow of J.W. Lees.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Pours thick and syrupy. Low carbonation and no head to speak of on the dark brown body. Aroma has hints of raisin and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with an alcoholic kick in the end. Not a lot to brag about in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 12 oz bottle. Cleanly fermented, full-bodied yet dry, boozy beer. Kind of disappointing when compared to Pranqster and Old Rasputin. This ale, while true to the style, just seemed lacking in character. I was hoping for an Imperial Old Peculier. ************************************ R after sampling draft at the Brewpub in Ft. Bragg: 2004 vintage, absolutely out of this world: creamy caramel, easy on the salt, a bit boozy, but still out-of-this-world and over the top barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2003 Vintage, sampled on June 22 and probably again later in the fall. Pours a nearly clear amber color with minimal head and no lacing. After glass is tilted, a dozen or more bubbles with amble slowly out of the beer, making a pleasant sound and fun to watch. Aroma is uplifting and mouthwatering; smells of fruits and roastiness much like a big, sweet stout, but has definite maltiness and alcoholic character to the point of smelling like a fine spirit to be taken in a snifter glass like brandy or cognac, which would be my weapon of choice, but a tulip is the best I have. The beer is HUGE, very alcoholic, very sweet and fruity, some mild mead flavor with a dry, mouthwatering and sweet and bitter alcoholic finish. Much like a cognac and something that probably shouldn’t be taken in 12oz servings as it is bottled. At the brewery they do 6oz servings for a reason, I think. Mouthfeel is dry on the finish. Harsh bubbles like a stout only very small, crackly and almost not there. Full bodied. Lovely like a poisonous flower.

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