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RATINGS: 1940   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davhgbrew (943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Dark red, almost brown color with a large creamy off white head. The aroma is very sweet/malty with slight alcohol and bready. Palate is thick,smooth and creamy. The hops in the middle smooth out the initial sip, and the it finishes crisp(compared to the other barley wines Iíve had,) and isnít too sweet which I love. The 11.4 abv% is well masked. I would describe this one as a good introductory barley wine. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 14, 2002
Vintage 2001: Oh man... the feel is incredible. Very soft, light effervescence with brandy flavors suggesting dark cherry, maybe a bit of straw. Warming for certain. A touch of phenols enhance the experience. The finish is easy, soft fruit despite the obvious helping of hops. Perhaps it gets more aromatic with age. Improves not only with warmth but airing. Iím going back for more...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 2000: Wow! What a unique aroma. Delicate fruity hops, tropical fruits (at warmer temp),pepper, rich caramel, figs, brandy?, brown sugar, fruitcake, alcohol, and toffee. Very enticing and sweet. Attractive creamy lace with excellent stick power. The palate hits you so elegantly, yet with a simultaneous aggressive syrupy tinge and round creaminess. The high gravity is highly involved in this highly distinguishable palate. Grainy texture adds just another extent to the palate. Flavors of raisins and caramel. Finishes long and sticky. An hour and a half later: far stickier, creamier, and a longer finish with coffee being introduced and caramel becoming much more pronounced. This is clearly centered around the luscious malts; becoming more slick and luscious toward the end of the glass. A multi-dimensional wonder and possibly the best (dessert) barleywine in which I have imbibed. Why age this stuff? (other than to subdue the brash alcohol) It is in its prime!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Nice big tan head. Rich Caramel color. This has a great sweet smooth taste with a good amount of hops. Despite the high alcohol content I notice no alcohol flavor or aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2002
This is some high octane stuff. Body is just a little less thick, not thin, but just less thick than I like in a high gravity beer. Alcohol and sweetness on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
A nice malty presentation. Light head and aroma. Hops do not predominant. A smooth brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2002
2001 - Aroma is initially very malty, as it warms the alcohol burns the nose. Small thick head that gradually diminishes. Caramel and toffee sweetness in the flavor. Slightly cloying mouth feel. Finishes fairly dry, with a slight warming alcohol. As it warms, the hops come out a bit more in the flavor and finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
2001: Not too lively on the pour, scarlet red color. One quick whiff tells me this is a barley wine with lots of malt oozing from the bottle, plum/ raisin fruitiness and no real hoppiness. Relatively light but oily palate slips through pretty easily. Sweet red apple flavors, a little white wine-ish. Slight woody notes towards the end while a little hop bitterness just sours lightly in the finish. Rounds out a little syrupy and fruity. Not crazy about this one but I have 3 more and will check it out again in a few months.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2002
2001 bottling: An exemplary old ale. Fruity nose--black cherries prunes. Little to no head. Sweet, somewhat malty body, with some caramel and tofee flavors. Just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Great, well-balanced beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2002
I just bought the 2001 version so this has not had a chance to age much. No head whatsoever. Seems a little incomplete compared to the 2002 version of Sierra Nevadaís Bigfoot Barley. Will have to re-rate in about six months.


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