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RATINGS: 1907   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.’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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2002
Definitely a barley wine. Very sweet, pleasant aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
I would expect more hops from a California beer, such those that are blasted at you in Big Foot Barleywine-Style ale from Sierra Nevada, but I can forgive North Coast for this because they already brew some wonderfully hoppy beers. This beer could also use some more yeast flavors -- some additional esters could make this beer more interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Nice - a strong alcohol presence countered with some nice bitterness and malt. Not as complex as some barleywines - at least not to me. But still fairly good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Strong alcohol presence, nice balance between the malt and bitterness. Worth trying again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2002
hmmm... I was sort of surprised to begin with but got used to the sweetness and bitterness as well as for the low carbonation/high alcohol. I wonder how it develops after storing it a while (which they recommend). My guess would be that it will loose a little bit of its sweetness and may get even stronger in alcohol (depending how much of that sugar will get fermented). Worth trying it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19218) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
Mahogny coloured. Big malty beer. Sweet with dried fruit aroma. Very bitter. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2001 vintage. Thin head that dissapates quickly. Port wine-like aroma with a hint of caramel. Viscous mouthfeel, sweet winey taste well balanced with an aromatic hoppiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (761) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 7, 2001
VERY alcoholy in the flavor. There as it goes down, and then a warming aftertaste continues the trend. No head to speak of. Color reminds me of flat A/W Root beer. Low carbonation, as fits the style. Definite malt overtone in the aftertaste, and for several minutes after drinking it. I’d buy it again. This is definately sipping beer with its 11.4% alcohol!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericb6199 (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2001 does not count
What I like the most about this beer is the harmonius marriage between the Maris Otter Malt and the Fuggles on the aroma - the interplay between them is fantastic! Also an unmistakable breadiness that is the mark of imported British malts. Taste is of maple, some cherry notes deep malt taste with a malty, warming alcoholic finish. Simply outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4058) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Oh, my. And after I just got through slurring North Coast’s craftsmanship for one of their other offerings. Nose is very grape-alcohol (grappa, brandy?) Deep, clear ruby amber with no head. Flavor is very winey, and the Fuggles means that you need to drink it on the warm side. A distinctive beer with a distinctive crank to it. Addendum: I just opened a 2001 vintage Old Stock, in April 2009. There was a bit of semi-flocculent white precipate - probably protein drop - the beer has withstood the test of time. Sometimes in an un-airconditioned Florida garage, but in the fridge for the past 3 years. Even so, it is a rich, quality brew. This is a testament to the fact that beer cellared in the dark, apparently regardless of the heat, and can last for a good long time. Age seems to impart a vanilla quality to just about all beers. Woody, caramel, tawny. Buy a six and lay a couple aside for 6 years.


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