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RATINGS: 1922   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%


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2002
A very sweet barleywine when had young. Very vinuous although i could see it becoming more so with age. Overall i think this should be aged at least two years before drinking. Still pretty good young though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Dark copper in color, nice soft lacy head, lots of hops in the aroma, very well balanced, lots of hops in the flavors as well, spicy aftertaste, great brew

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 8, 2002
Thirst and desire to rule the light. For crossing heavens a futile fight, Bound to storm our minds wave, Fervent to sail in deserts of mist

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Clear, dark reddish amber. Very nice shade, made me think of a gemstone. Sweet, complex aroma: winelike, sweetness, grapes. Similar in flavor to the smell, plus some maple notes. Holy God!! 11.4%!? I had no idea until 3/4 of the way through. They hide the alcohol pretty well, but at the same time, it seems to do good things to the flavor. Long, nice aftertaste. An excellent brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 2010 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of alcohol and peach. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. 2007ís batch was dull enough that I didnít bother with the 08 or 09 batches. 2010 still shows no improvement. Very little aroma, and the mouth experience is rather watery and boozy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2002
A little too sweet but in general a good beer. Heavy malt with distinct molasses taste. Noticible alcohol content.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 2001 bottling. Pours with an almost inexistent head but a slight amount of visible effervescence. Deep garnet color, mostly clear. Some light alcohol and some surprisingly delicate, sweet malt fruitiness in the aroma. Fairly sweet flavor as well overall, with some nice caramel and toffee, brown sugar and a somewhat sticky yet effervescent mouthfeel. Finish sees the hops at last, and I've discovered I have somewhat of an affinity for the Fuggles hop variety. This is a good barleywine, but I have a feeling it would turn into a great one if laid down for a couple of years or so, allowed to attenuate a bit further. At this point in time, it seems to lack that overwhelming complexity that I am so fond of. Still, it's a very classy brew and I did enjoy it.
Update: 12/15/03. Same 2001 vintage, but seems to have developed profoundly vinous characteristics. Bitterness has also, unsurprisingly, diminished somewhat, revealing some tobacco and red grape aspects. Palate has smoothed out nicely. Does seem to have mellowed and become better integrated for it over the 2-year span.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Vintage 2000 - Deep ruby, almost brown in color with a solid cream head which leaves a thin Brussels lace. Intense aromas of caramel, dark fruit and sherry. Very port-like in flavor with a rich sweet malty taste and a well rounded bitterness. An extremely soft and rounded palate. The alcohol is cloaked very well but shows some presence in the finish. Intense.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 3, 2002
big complex barley wine. dark ruby brown colour, beige head. aroma of caramel , plums and cognac. deep sweet malty taste, well rounded palate and a stroongf alcohol presence in thge aftertaste. makes a good after-dinner beer.


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