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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 2001 bottling. My intial impression of this one is not terribly favorable. The malt is tremendously complex: caramel, wine, pineapple and smoke. Unfortunately, it is not contained. Call in the hall monitor. Smack the children with the hop ruler. Still, rather memorable. Update: Was soundly defeated in a head-to-head with Heavyweight Old Salty 2002.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2001 vintage. gorgeous color, but too hazy to fully appreciate. pours with little head, dissipating quickly. awsome aromas of malt, frut and alcohol. mix of strong malt and hop flavors in almost perfect balance, with some astringency in the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2002
superb beer but not for the weak of heart. extremly high alcohol content for a beer you can get at the grocery store. defintely one of the best beers iíve had.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2002
fruity, piney aroma.Hazy amber color.Tan head that fades quickly.Full mouthfeel, kinda prickly on the tongue.Fruity flavors and alcohol evident. Finishes bitter but not overly.Think i will get some to lay down, i believe it would age fairly gracefully.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
2002. Aroma of raisin, molasses, vanilla, port. Strong alcohol but very well handled. Very tingly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Bottle of the 2001 vintage. A great color, deep mahogny, but the head was rather plain and flat. The aroma screams candy, fruits, alcohol, and sweet malts. Soft and smooth. A nice robust flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Outstanding beer. Aroma is brandy like, Dark amber in color. Some fruit flavors, very malty, slightly sweet. Very strong, warms the mouth and stomach.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 2003 vintage pours a murky dark reddish brown with a small light brown head with large bubbles that leaves a thin lacing in my glass. Fruity plum, vanilla and grapefruit aromas, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate and nutty flavors. Full bodied with a full and thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
scary clouded and brilliant..i mean brilliant red hinting at getting browner..but not doing so...the head, what was left of it..settled in an uneven ring with soapy discharges lingering in the center..the aroma was fruitifully creamy..cherried..twilzerific..cream covered grapefruit juice, with a shot of orange juice to downplay the bitterness...Iím not sure the downplay worked..very citrusy without being too puckery..leaving some room for creaminess..subtly..very different I like it..its snazzy..if it was russian..it be old stockski..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2002
This was a bit overkill when it came to alcohol presence. I know that this is a barley wine, but it had features of a very fine brandy. Almost too much for me, but still worth seeking.


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