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RATINGS: 2036   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 2002 bottle: smells like chocolate covered cherries, wood, leaf. looks like a fizzy, dark brown wine. nice peanut colored head that diminishes nicely as a tight ring of bubbles around the glass. there is JUST enough carbonation present. it starts off chocolate, fruit, fresh bread. as it warms the beer becomes smooth like velvet and packages itself as a tighter bundle of flavors. i was eventually left with a warming holiday present of sticky liquor-filled chocolates and tart cherries that were just subtle enough in presence. thank BierBauch! UPDATE 12/8/04 thanks Dorwart! 2002 / downrated! wooh! but this is still delicious... creamy, smooth, delicious, still. caramel, liquor, light fruit like cherry--slightly vinous as a good affect. iím still amazed! and my original notes are still good! YEAAA!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2001 bottling. Chestnut red with a slight haze. It pours with a minimal tan head that remains as a thin ring of foam around the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of. A somewhat nutty, plum scent dominates the aroma. Just a wonderful toasted malt smell. The taste is sweet as expected, but again the nutty component is very prevalent. Nice plum and cherry fruits appear, along with a biscuit malt flavor. Some hops clean up the finsh, and present a lingering bitterness. The minimal carbonation contributes to the velvety smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2002 Brown in color,small white head that faded fast.Malty caramel aroma with a wine like character,and light fruit side as well.Malty taste,caramel some dried fruit and alcohol,lots of alcohol in the finish with a fairly bitter side kind of harsh at first but it does mellow and the after taste is very long.This is a decent brew,but i believe age will make this a better brew and this one is a bit to young for a decent rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Translucent reddish brown color, little head. Aroma of figs, twigs, prunes, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and slightly dry from the alcohol. This would be quite a winter warmer on cold night. Sip it like a fine port. Excellent Barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
2001 bottle. Rich, dark and strong. Aroma is that of raisins soaked in rum, coated in dark cane sugar and laid out in the sun. Tasty blend of malty goodness, port wine and subtle licorice. Sticky mouthfeel. Lasting swirls of head. Would like to do a vertical tasting of this sometime and am interested in sampling other vintages for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3004) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle 2002 vintage: Good nose though not overwhelming. Brandy, licorice,carmel/molasses. Great brownish red color(how many ways to say amber?) Quick bitter start with a roasted molasses flavor with a warming smooth, kinda creamy, syrupy bitter finish. Love the guys(I use the term generically) from Northcoast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2002 limited bottling: This reminded me more of a bad summer seasonal than a barleywine. Still, the alcohol flavor was well masked. They now just need to mask the flavor.

   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.

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