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RATINGS: 2087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 2002 vintage. Clear garnet-bronze color body, medium-high carbonation, and silky beige head that dissipated completely. Great aroma of vanilla, raisins, caramelized buttery malt, maple, and scotch with significant alcohol in the nose. Flavor is initially shocking because the flavor is very unique. Taste is very good and difficult to describe but suggests candy corn, caramel, cinnamon, cola and cigars except the sum is better than all of those things. This is a rich, malty, high alcohol barley wine. Very good stuff. Seemed young, even for a two year old vintage; some extended cellaring would definitely be wise. 2003 vintage was equally as nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
2yr old bottle. Amber body with ruby tones, small fading head rapidly becomes a memory. The aroma is pretty complex like any respectable barleywine, but definitely more on the malt side. Brown sugar is obvious and is of pleasant company to figs, peaches, alcohol and an all-around complex fruitiness. Taste is an infinite malty deepness that is only restrained by a tad too much alcohol presence for my liking. Syrupy apricot and sweet peaches. The aftertaste is fresh like I had brushed my teeths with an alcohol flavoured toothpaste. Medium bodied and full-flavoured. Just a little too sweet/cloying to be among the greats of this world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2002: A clear ruby/amber with a thick creamy head - which is relatively long lasting. Aroma of caramel, molasses, peach, dark fruit, honey, and burnt sugar. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Slightly vinous. Nice sweet dominating toffee, burnt sugar and molasses flavor with peach, dark fruit and spices in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
wow, this beer is pretty big. it's quite a surprise that it pours with a nice head that chooses to stick around. Dark brown beer. Tastes thick and warming, a chocolate flavor jumps out. very sweet flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5472) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2002 Vintage:
Dark copper colour with strong ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of pineapple, raisins, pit fruit, cherries, caramel, alcohol and bubble gum. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet initial flavours turning into an alcoholic burn and then a spicey dry finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol and not much else. Overall, nose and appearance are great, but too much alcohol and not enough other flavours are noticeable in the taste. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 23-November-2003.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2002 vintage. Wonderful mahogny color with little head to speak of. Aroma of dried fruit, undoubtedly due to the heavy malt presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Quite warming indeed. Wonderfully bitter, with an excellent rich malty finish. I bought two of these by accident, though I don't think this will be a mistake I regret

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2001 Vintage, poured a beautiful copper color with a small off white head and very little lacing. Musty, fruity, slight alcoholic aroma. Plums, grapes, carame, and grapes are all prominent flavors. This was an enjoyable barleywine, thanks for sharing BrianO!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2003
Dark amber, small biege head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar, spices, dark dried fruit, caramel and oily alcohol. Flavour of raisin, spices, burnt sugar, caramel with an alcoholic bite. Long sweet and fruity finish. Beautiful stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2003 Vintage, bottle pours a deep red-amber with a very small off-white head that does not last and thin lace sheets that slide down into the ale. The aroma is sweet and brandy like. The flavor is malty, sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. The palate is smooth and rich. Overall, a very fine Barley Wine!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!

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