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RATINGS: 1950   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%


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2002
superb beer but not for the weak of heart. extremly high alcohol content for a beer you can get at the grocery store. defintely one of the best beers iíve had.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2002
fruity, piney aroma.Hazy amber color.Tan head that fades quickly.Full mouthfeel, kinda prickly on the tongue.Fruity flavors and alcohol evident. Finishes bitter but not overly.Think i will get some to lay down, i believe it would age fairly gracefully.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
2002. Aroma of raisin, molasses, vanilla, port. Strong alcohol but very well handled. Very tingly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Bottle of the 2001 vintage. A great color, deep mahogny, but the head was rather plain and flat. The aroma screams candy, fruits, alcohol, and sweet malts. Soft and smooth. A nice robust flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Outstanding beer. Aroma is brandy like, Dark amber in color. Some fruit flavors, very malty, slightly sweet. Very strong, warms the mouth and stomach.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 2003 vintage pours a murky dark reddish brown with a small light brown head with large bubbles that leaves a thin lacing in my glass. Fruity plum, vanilla and grapefruit aromas, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate and nutty flavors. Full bodied with a full and thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
scary clouded and brilliant..i mean brilliant red hinting at getting browner..but not doing so...the head, what was left of it..settled in an uneven ring with soapy discharges lingering in the center..the aroma was fruitifully creamy..cherried..twilzerific..cream covered grapefruit juice, with a shot of orange juice to downplay the bitterness...Iím not sure the downplay worked..very citrusy without being too puckery..leaving some room for creaminess..subtly..very different I like it..its snazzy..if it was russian..it be old stockski..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2002
This was a bit overkill when it came to alcohol presence. I know that this is a barley wine, but it had features of a very fine brandy. Almost too much for me, but still worth seeking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 2000 Bottle: Strongly alcoholic aroma, in fact alcohol is all I smell. It smells like a damn liquor drink. Well, now it smells like grapes, which is much more attractive. Dark, cloudy burgundy color. I had to pour it rather hard to get a head to form, which rapidly dissipated. Medium to thin body, very sweet, and leaves a nice aftertaste on your lips. No lacing, and I keep thinking I"m drinking some really hardcore grape juice, this is a very interesting barley wine. This is really good, though extremely sweet. I"ll have to find another bottle to try again. 2001 Bottle: The beer pours a dark and cloudy amber color with almost no head at all. What little head there is rapidly dissipates. The beer leaves no lacings on the side of the glass. The aroma is strongly alcoholic and grape-like with a nuttiness and malty sweetness evident. The flavor is strongly malty, with hints of vanilla and grapes. The finish is sweet and alcoholic. Quite a fantastic brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Aroma is sweet and chock full of toffee. Flavor is smooth and rich, though not as vinous as the nose suggests. Lots of maple, sweet malts, and chocolate. Becomes toastier as it warms. Some bitters to balance the malts, but a bit too sweet for my tastes. Also seemed a mite thin in body, unexpected in an ale of this strength.


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