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RATINGS: 1943   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%


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Great beer. So tasty and complex, while still somewhat masking of the alcohol. This wa s a great buy too, cheap. One of the reasons I love barleywine. ReRate 4-04, 2002 bottle: Great sweet, syrupy cherry aroma. Color is a great shade of red, almost like a fruit beer. Taste is very malty and sweet. Slight metallic stuff going on, but still a great beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2003
2002 bottle. This is a great barley wine. Well hidden 11.4% abv. Flavor is sweet, slightly bitter, and malty. This Old Stock finishes clean, smooth and warming. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
2002 bottle. Translucent brown color, lost the head quickly. Spiced rum-like nose. Slightly sweet taste although very smooth. Has that warming effect. I don't really taste the hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
argo0 (11593) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
A reddish/brown pour w/ a quickly dissipating yellow/tan head. The alcohol is completely disguised by a slightly sweet taste, a flavor almost like a dessert wine. This is a Sipping Beer, Period. Lovely

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
WOW! Second only to Fuller's 1999 in my opinion. Small but rich head, distinctive and strong aroma, very dark and almost black. Very malty taste, bitter but not to any extreme, Absolutely amazing brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Almost brown, slightly cloudy and dissipating head. Malt dominates for me in aroma and flavor. Decent hopping but not over the top. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Still a slight alcohol flavor but its barely notioceable. Also some raisiny notes as well. I'm saving several of these.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
How can you not love a barely wine?? I don ot know if it is the bottle of the label but i thought: "what could this give me?" And then a little cloudy though, with very dissapointing head. BUT...the taste makes up for it all with smoothness and finish. Very easy to drink, enjoyable to swallow.

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)


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