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RATINGS: 2106   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Damn, I gotta check the info on bottles before I drink them. I wanted to do several reviews tonight but I had no idea how potent this was going to be. And blast Matt at Liquid Solutions for not filling me in on that info! Yeah, that's it, it's his fault! But I do need to thank him for turning me onto it, though. Quite tasty, it is. Pours a brown color with a red tint and a nice head but no lacing. Smells very impressive. There's a sweetness there that isn't just malt. Serious fruit presence as well. Taste is overshadowed by the alcohol. Toasted fruits and malt sweetness predominate with virtually no hop presence. The flavor is good but it could be better. Mouthfeel is of alcohol. Other than that it's typical for style; not overly full and not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the unbalanced taste and the high alcohole content. This is worth seeking out to try it. I wish I would have grabbed a couple more to store and see what it'll be in a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Cherry, sweet aroma. Honey aftertaste. It seems like it can't make up its mind whether or not it wants to be a christmas ale, or a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2002 Vintage: Hazy ruby orange hue. Brandy-armagnac-cognac, dried apricot nose. Small but sticky beige head. Sweet chewy caramel malts, dried cranberry, apricot, plum, cherry, woody, honey, pleasantly medium bodied, finishing with a long acidic, subdued hops, bitter finish. Very nicely done. This has definately opened up and gotten better with age. Ill keep the other '02's for years to come. I feel this is NC's best offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Re-Rated- Actually a good Barleywine, whenI first rated this beer, I couldn’t appreciated it. Nice and smooth, nice mouthfeel and caramel taste. Alcohol is smooth. I really did not care for this, really tasted like beer with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Alcohol was not covered well, and was present til the last drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2003 - Perhaps I had a bad Bottle, but this beer reaked and tasted of Alcohol. The color was a cherry red. A slight hoppy taste. But, everything was overpowered by the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2004
2001 - thanks to argo0. Nice sweet, malty aroma. Deep, cloudy brown color, but not much head. Very rich beer, complex flavors, malts, vanilla, fruits, and less of an alcohol flavor than you'd expect given the abv. Aftertaste has a hint of bitterness from some mighty fine hops. To put it simply, yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Wonderful. Lovely deep amber color with a nice creamy tightly bubbled tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice - mildly of burnt sugar and a little roastiness. Rasputin lurking below the surface, but kept at bay. Taste is deep and rich. Smell is pretty malty, but taste is more balanced. Slightly drying, hop finish. Can taste that gravity a bit. Totally digging this brew - should be a staple in everyone's cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2006 ’06 update. Super strong alcohol flavor, lots of over ripe fruit and some mild hop and spice. This would be great to age, a little rough right now though. ’04 Creamy vanilla, hops, sour apple, pine, sweet alcohol burn at the end. This is a good one, if not a little scary!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 9, 2004
2002 batch. 12 oz. brown stubbie bottle. No freshness date other than the 2002 on the label. Satisfying "pffftt" when opened. Adequate carbonation, especially for an old ale. Poured out a deep amber, burnt peanut color. It has a huge tannish colored head at first, then fades rather quickly back to a thin lacing on top of the beer, and a slight ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Strong aromas of caramel Sugar Daddies. (Remember those?) Strong malt presence as well. Vanilla, slight oakiness, and hops round out the aromas. Tastes very rich, with Sugar Daddies making up the bulk of the taste, with vanilla making a very close second. Thick mouthfeel, sweet, but not cloying. It's more along the lines of a caramel cream candy than a beer. Hops are almost non-existant in the taste. Sweet aftertaste, but not syrupy. Great beer from North Coast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottle: 2002 version. Malty, malty nose with slightly fruity with a touch of alcohol burn. Deep amber to medium brown. Quickly disappating tan head. Rich malt flavor with, again, a slight alcohol burn. Some notes of brown sugar. Really enjoyed this one!

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