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RATINGS: 1999   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Dark copper with an orange head. Fruity aroma (prunes) with some roast, chocolate, and toast. Sweet alost syrupy with a licorice/roast/burtn toast finish. Very light biterness. Alcohol burns as strawberries and earthiness lingers. Pretty fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2001 sampled on 4/4/2004: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bready complex oxidized caramel malt. Body has a nice, thick sweetness to it and goes down very smoothly with some hoppy bite still noticeable. This has aged very well and turned into a classic barleywine. 2001 sampled on 8/14/2003: Very complex, heavy aroma of dark fruit, licorice, caramel and hops. Medium to dark brown in color with an average-sized tan colored head. Starts sweet, almost syrupy with good malty complexity. Very smooth, but with a strong alcoholic finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. A good barleywine, but a bit too strong and not as drinkable as some others I've had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 2002 Vintage - Dark red with a small off-white head and good lacing. Wonderful tawny port aromas. Superb flavors. Very complex. Alcohol is masked very well. Flavors become even more complex as it warms up. Very full bodied with soft carbonation. This is an excellent barleywine. [Update] Tried another one and this beer deserves a higher rating. This is the best barleywine I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 #150: 2002 Vintage. Color: Garnet brown with a quickly evaporating energetic tan head. Aroma: sweet and syrupy with touches of malt, wood and a strong alcoholic bite. It's a creeper. Light, woody flavor that opens up into a robust roasted malt taste, then leaves you with the afterburn of alcohol. This would be great with a nice steak or bar-be-que. It will age really well, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 2000 bottle.nice dark red color wit lots of carbonation.There was a presence of alcohol which gave u that warm fuzzy feeling in ur belly.Overall this was a preety good brew and would reccomend itJust had the 2006 and WOW what a brew.Way different than my original.Dark fruits and caramel are present.The warming was slight.Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2000 bottling; mid-July 2002 tasting notes. Not very exciting. Age did not help; was big and boozy ~ mid-2000. Big alcohol burn and some vanilla notes…. why do I keep thinking “mediciney”? Sure was fun to drink though (“…take your medicine”). Oooooffff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2003
2001 vintage. Reddish brown color. You can catch a buzz just from the aroma. Lots of malt, brown sugar, cookie dough and dried fruit to bracket the alcohol. Full bodied taste, like a dessert wine; wonderfully complex. Warming finish and soothing aftertaste. Will try again in one year and try to pick out any changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2002: Dark burgundy appearance. Big frothy brown head. Robust aroma of plums, cedar, red grapes, and mandarin oranges. Extremely thick and syrupy, hard to swallow it’s so damn thick. Amazingly complex. Combined flavors of port, honey and brown sugar under a big hoppy plum profile. Even being somewhat new and unaged I thought it was wonderful. Having a 2 year aged bottle of the 2002 presents a more syrupy, stuffy and thick barley wine that, when compared side-by-side with Bigfoot (1 year aged) and Batch 6000 (1 year aged) it comes up in third and last place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 2002 bottle consumed 7/2003 This was my first experience with a newborn barley wine. It goes without saying that it needs cellaring. Color is a deep ruby red mixed with mahogany. Strong perfume like aroma due to the high alcohol with plenty of sweet caramel notes. Huge sweet caramel malt taste up front that evens out slightly as it transitions into a full body with tons of more malted barley. Finish is most complex and therein lies the potential of this beer. Brandy and caramelized sugar notes abound, while some rich butter toffee notes linger. Leaves a bitter/grainy almost scotch malt flavor for an aftertaste. This barley wine was lacking on hops compared to some of the other upper tier barleys. This is not at all a bad thing, as it certainly gives Old Stock a unique flavor, which is a must in this category (though I wouldnt mind some hops). There is little point in drinking this beer newly bottled, and it is close to cloying, as expected. I will rate on potential, of which this beer seems to have alot. I expect good things from the many bottles I am cellaring. 2002 bottle consumed 12/20/03. Well it’s been sitting in cellar for a while now, almost a year. Much improved. Cloyingness is almost nonexistent. Great velvety lush mouthfeel. Wonderful complexity. This is aging beautifully and will probably improve for another some years. 2003 bottle sampled 10/04. Wow. this is hard to finish. Incredible alcohol apparency and big dry malt, but still the flavor is there, it’s quite the sipper. I already know it needs more time to even out so I’m not too distressed about the difficulty with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Pours with a clear burgundy body topped by a medium thick tan head that disappears rather quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Sweet malty aroma with a wonderful molasses/toffee background and a touch of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with toffee and molasses notes, a touch of fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, smooth, slightly tingly on the tongue and warming.

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