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RATINGS: 2057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Nice deep reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of brandy. Very nice complex flavor, full of caramel, malt, brandy and fruit tones. Nice warm feel. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
(2002 Bottle)Enjoyed after another big WVU win on Saturday. Deep red and brown colors, thick off white head. Had this one at cellar temp. Hops and malt play off each other for a rich and very smooth experience. Dark fruits, cherry, toffee, and caramel dominate, but even this 2002 vintage still has enough hops to hit on the backside. At $2 a bottle, I'm going back to the store to clean off the shelves! This ages extremely well, and would love to see what happens in another year with this batch. Can it get better? Time will tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2003
(2002 bottle) Deep brown with very little head. Warm alcohol/brandy aroma. Sweet, warm malt flavor with hints of cherry and apricot. Enough hops for balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Deep cherry/raisins/malt, full aroma. Dark mahogany red color with full tan head and lasting lacing. Flavor is complex and strong! Definite alcohol presence and lots of malt. Full rich mouth feel that is very satisfying. A very warm silky flow across the palate. If you get a chance to try this beer, and I highly recommend that you do, especially if you like a good barley wine, you will not be disappointed...First Rate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
2002 Bottle - Pours a dark brown with a thick beige head and good lacing. Aroma and flavor are full of alcohol and malt with some ripened fruit tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
hazy ruby body. Ripe, tart and strong! Soft, luscious front, ripe berries and plenty of alcohol. a solid barleywine, I'll probably hang on to a couple for a year or two, it would be well worth the modest price tag (something like $8.99/4)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Cloying sweet and rich Barley Wine, bananas,tropical fruits, and a superb complexity. Taste the flavours blossom as this reaches cellar temperature, rich sweet malts abound here, hops resonate above a creamy full alcohol burst.ahh Winter is coming and this BW will keep you happy on many a Winter's night 2002 Highly Recommended</>

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 I did not like this beer. Although I appreciate its complexity, it was too much like drinking hard alcohol. I usually like high alcohol beers, especially barley wines, but this ale did not attempt to mask the alc at all. Try Old Horizontal or Hair of the Dog Fred for a GOOD barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2002, couldn't wait any longer. Deep coppery brown, little head, nice legs clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some apricots. Great, thick mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Flavor was a very focused, with an emphasis on pure sweet maltiness, with some trail mix undertones, minus the salt. A touch of bitterness to balance on the finish, and an armagnac tinged warmth of alcohol. Very nice, but a touch one dimensional in a way, there wasn't any complex layering of flavors I would have hoped for. But still a wonderful display of the ingredients used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Has a serious put you ass down first impression. Yeasty and malty to begin with, with a slight hops presense throughout. Very oily taste to it, and an aftertaste thats delectibly sweet. From and 2002 bottle, which I must go get some to let age.

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