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RATINGS: 1981   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.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%
2014 vintage: 11.8%

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
2001 sample. Strong, strong alcohol and caramel flavors. Terrific nose with an amazing array of malt flavors from caramel, chocolate and leather. Nice hop balance. I would like to get another just to smell it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 2001 sampled 4/12/03- Amazing nose of rich, fresh malts, Chocolate truffle desserts, Walnut and liquor drizzled over a caramel coated brownie. Massive globs of melted malted chocolate balls dipped in sweet coffee liqueur with an extra dip into a massively hoppy IPA. Thats only the nose! The sweet, thick and rich malts are full of heavy flavor, hiding most of the alcohol until it gets halfway to your stomach! Hops are swimming throughout and present themselves at the end in a wonderful finish. I will be racing back to the store to pick up the other 2001's on the shelf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
Definitely another in a line of beautiful barleywine's..but i'd be lying if i didnt admit that the 11.4% ABV here took me completely off guard! This one pours a decently cloudy brown with medium to active carbonation levels out of the bottle. The aroma is definitely active with grapes, cranberry juice, peaches, alcohol, purified water, vanilla, almonds and sweet malts apparent. The taste is much of the same as bitter acetic peaches and sweet caramel and vanilla malts caress the palate and balance each other nicely. Definite alcohol bitterness yet somehow no alcohol til the aftertaste...somewhat hard to describe. Something of a wood feel, and nice mouthfeel..definitely expensive but worth it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
With the ABV as high as it is, this is one drinkable brew, in fact it slides down like ice tea. This is one Great Barley Wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2003
2002 bottle: Somewhat cloudy amber in color. Very little head, which lingered a little bit. A bit of sweetness and alcohol in the nose. Sweet taste, with the alcohol well hidden. Subtle hops in the background. A very good barley wine. Too bad I don't have any to put down, this should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 9, 2003
2002 Bottle: Hazy dark amber brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel with a hint of brandy. Flavor: Start is rich and sweet with hints of orange and peach, middle is lightly bitter, finish is smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
I had the 00 version of this finely crafted brew. Ruby red, rusty brown color with a slight browning of the nice sized head. Mild burnt, black brandy smell, licorice, and soco tastes. Well blended potency of these strong licorice and alchohol flavors, could even be along the jager line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol (reminds me of carmel). Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. I'll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Had this at the Bon Vivant Beer Lovers Club on 3-28-03. This was the treat of the tasting, in my opinion. 2002 vintage. Beautiful rusty copper in color. Light tan head. Malt and alcohol in the nose but with a definite sweetness present. Wonderful taste on the mouth with toffee, malts, little hops, semisweet chocolate, coriander and alcohol in this beefy beer. Finishes as smooth as a baby's bottom. Got six I will age. Let's hope this ages even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
had this on tap, very nice. very very dark. great abv. malts definitely dominate this beer, but time to time that's good.

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