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RATINGS: 2016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 9, 2003
2002 Bottle: Hazy dark amber brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel with a hint of brandy. Flavor: Start is rich and sweet with hints of orange and peach, middle is lightly bitter, finish is smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
I had the 00 version of this finely crafted brew. Ruby red, rusty brown color with a slight browning of the nice sized head. Mild burnt, black brandy smell, licorice, and soco tastes. Well blended potency of these strong licorice and alchohol flavors, could even be along the jager line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol (reminds me of carmel). Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. I'll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Had this at the Bon Vivant Beer Lovers Club on 3-28-03. This was the treat of the tasting, in my opinion. 2002 vintage. Beautiful rusty copper in color. Light tan head. Malt and alcohol in the nose but with a definite sweetness present. Wonderful taste on the mouth with toffee, malts, little hops, semisweet chocolate, coriander and alcohol in this beefy beer. Finishes as smooth as a baby's bottom. Got six I will age. Let's hope this ages even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
had this on tap, very nice. very very dark. great abv. malts definitely dominate this beer, but time to time that's good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
2002 bottle ... This is one of those that i can tell is an excellent brew but i just dont like drinking ... the website says to drink it at room temperature but the alcohol just kicks too much that warm i think ... at any rate it has great flavors well ballanced, but (i think) too present alcohol ... im cellaring the rest to see what happens

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Re-rate. 2003 vintage rated June 2004. Malt and peppery alcohol in the aroma, plus some ripe bananas and dark toast. Its a brilliant amber red with a thin off-white head. Good head retention for the ABV. The flavor is a mix of malt, subtle spicy hops, and alcohol. Balance on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is full, and there is a definite kick from the alcohol. Very good, complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Medium amber color with a fizzy medium off white head. Crisp with fruit(apples) and malt aroma. Sweet bread taste with a considerable wine like qualities. This is alot like Gales prize old ale in its port like taste. The 11.4% is well hidden but you will feel the warmth after the first sip. This was the 2001 version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
2002 is the bottle I have. Pours a fine deep copper color with a slight beige head and lacing, but no real head, probably due to alcohol. Hop aroma at first, then malt comes next, along with a little nutty and slight vanilla in the very end. A slightly dark fruitiness is also very prevalent as it warms as well as alcohol. Flavor is very malty(crystal/caramel) with hops very close behind as well as alcohol and fruitiness. Very well balanced for a big barleywine, hop flavor seems to be very low compared to malt and alcohol, but finishes a little on the dry side for a big beer. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, warming alcohol, but slightly astringent from hops, but not overly bitter, otherwise very smooth. Fantastic beer for such a young age, I can't wait until I try my others in about 5 years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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