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RATINGS: 2119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle, 2003 vintage. Lots of different flavours in this one. Caramel, raisin, with some banana-y esters, piney hops, with some spiceyness and alcohol in the finish, intense full bodied barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2003 vintage. Pours a deep red color with little head--but lasts. Aroma is sweet-of licorice, caramel, and malt. Flavor is of licrice, malt, and maple. As it warms, alcohol a little more noticeable but so is the maple. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
heemer77 (5295) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Rerate having tried a couple of 07ís from March of 2010. Possibly, it was my storage, but this beer has hit a wall. I will not age past two years again. Older ratings follow. Ok, new rating with an í07 vintage in 2009. This is just an amazing brew with lots of toffee and caramel. Perfect for again a couple of years. Just great. Vintages from 2003 and 2002. The head on this one sticks around forever. Lots of lacing and a heavenly dark red body make this about as attractive a barley wine as I have seen. The taste is oak, bourbon, brandy, cherries, toffee. I also detect notes of pepper and smoke (scotch). Alcohol was tasted as this warmed. I had trouble pulling out the aromas. I smelled brandy, scotch and some raisins. Overall, a nice surprise. I have enjoyed every North Coast brew I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Vintage 2003. Beautiful dark cranberry color; took it outside to look at it under the sunlight. White head with lace. Aromas of blackberry, raisins, caramel, and whiskey. Huge mouthfilling flavor of roasted malt, slightly sweet and bitter. Incredibly long finish of roasted malt and scotch. Fantasic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Tasted the malt on the first swallow and then the dry finish kicked in. One of the better barley wines

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 a reddish ale with a medium to thick head. a rich malty flavor with a bit of choclate in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Vintage 2002.
Amber reddish beer with a medium disappearing head. Chocolate, toffee, nut and hops in the aroma. Quite heavy with obvious alcohol tones. Flavor is sweet and full, fruity with a bitter dry finish. Quite alcoholic. A nice and warming beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
uuuh - it was a pleasure to open that bottle. Nice red color, spare head, roasted malt nose. Light alcohol in nose too and plums. Soy sauce taste, thick but smooth, lingers down. Medium date taste. Great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
2003 vintage, 12 oz bottle, wine glass. Caramel, nutty, cocoa malt (M); earthy hops (L); brown sugar, toffee, woody aromas. Medium brown red body with a tall, creamy, off-white head. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately bitter, moderately sweet finish. Very smooth, like a fine scotch. Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty barleywine through and through; canít wait to see what itís like after a few years...

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