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RATINGS: 1904   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
1/26/03: bottle. nice color gradation, from orange to red to brown. good amount of head, which diminishes to a fair size ring of bubbles. hoppy and malty. a trace of alcohol is noted in the aftertaste. another great bottle label. (2002)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2002 vintage
Deep red body with a thick tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should, malty and hops. Lots of hops.
Well balanced taste of malt/hop considering the youth of this beer. Satisfying, full body. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the finish.
Very smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation to liven up this big beer.
One of the better barleywines I've had so far...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2002 Edition: This beer poured a nice deep red amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that subsided quickly and left a small amount of lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt and fruit with some of the alcohol present as well. Not bad for a barleywine, but probably could use some cellaring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Dark ruby red, with little head or lacing - appearance is actually quite still, but first few sips are quite carbonated. There is such a nice malt presence here - dark and fruity and chewy with an almost "burnt" sweetness. Of course it's backed up with a wonderfully balanced hop. The big flavors are cherry and toffe, soaked in a bit of unknown liquor. Now, just try to lay some of this down for a year without touching it - maybe keep it in your parent's basement under lock and key....

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2003
From a non-barley wine person... Pours and looks great, but is way too malty for my tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 I was a little dissapointed with this one. I love their imperial stout and stout, and I was hoping to fall in love with this but it's missing something. This is more of a scotch ale more than a barelywine. The flavor, is, well, not that great. You'd expect more from this brewery, or maybe I just had a bad bottle. Rerate- This is an awesome beer. I think the first time I had it I wasn't prepared for it's gandeur. Complex from start to finish. This is the perfect beer for when you're not sure what beer style you want.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2002 edition. Pours like Coca-Cola, a big but rapidly diminishing head, heavy carbonation (large bubbles) all over the inside. Weak metallic aroma, whiffs of malt and the slightest note of grape. Slightly oily, slightly sticky, yet a bit thin all things considered; the cola-like carbonation on the palate is lost early on. Flavor is the strong suit here, full and rounded across a range of English strong ale qualities with a bit of Scottish ale in there. Spicy notes--growing with time to be a sharply biting presence, hitting the tip of my tongue as it goes into my mouth and making me shout "whoa Nellie!"--more metal, and a biting alcoholic flavor. Some beers hide their alcohol well, but this one does not. Perhaps this is a beer that simply cannot be had this young--it is decent drinking, but it is not a masterpiece by any stretch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This is a great beer. I have rated this beer. I don’t know why it no longer appears as a beer that I have rated. Not gonna do it again right away. So go with my score and the verbiage from the brewer and other Ratebeerians. If you enjoy other barley wines that I have rated highly, this one will certainly not disappoint.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 (2-year-old, 2000 bottle)...Luminous burgundy curtains of caramel waltz the northern hemisphere as plum and date satellites slowly trace their way through...A creamy treacley powerflux transmogrifies the lower end to rich hop sheets and sweet, crunchy biscuits...A true beauty of an aurora beerealis, courtesy of hopsrus...4.5/5...

(2-year-old, 2001 bottle)...Dusty date clarity in alcoholic vapor muscularity...Lovely, brown rum insularity transforming into sugary, berry vascularity...A marvelous companion to DFH’s Immort Ale...4.2/5...

(2-year-old, 2004 bottle)...The nose is rather shy, but does announce fruity caramel, and candy...Body is round, but somewhat rough, alcohol hitting the back with a splash...Some herbal hop bitterness is left, but doesn’t offer much complexity...A fine sipper still, but nowhere near the complexity and succulence of the aforementioned vintage, to my tastes...3.6/5

1-year-old 2005 vintage: 3.8/5

1-year-old 2006 vintage: 4.3/5. Young and already wow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Poured dark reddish-brown. Very hoppy aroma with undercurrents of sweet spices and malt. Tastes great. Hops and a huge dose of barley and spices (I agree that there’s licorice in there). Very nice, big beer.


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