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RATINGS: 1879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingstoni (1334) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, oak and berries. Sour and bitter taste with some sweetness. Medium body. Bitter and sweet finish with some warming alcohol.

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (336) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft (2014) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a ruby/amber color with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, sweet malt, light hops, caramel, light vanilla. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Low carbonation. Fairly smooth for the ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (98) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12oz bottle. Itís got a good warming feel. Flavors of dark fruit and chocolate malt. Everything this brewery puts out is good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (1701) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2014 edition. Heavy malt aroma, touches of dried fruit, wood and peat. Alcohol even burns the nose slightly. Dark brown/ruby with thin but tight beige head. Taste is more malt, oak barrel, plums. silky mouthfeel and lots of alcohol warmth. Smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (446) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
A clear reddish brown beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel with a nice dose of tropical fruit. The flavor is fruity and bready with the alcohol being pretty noticeable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a deep murky reddish brown with diminishing beige head and no lace. Aroma vanilla,toffee, brandy, figs. Medium body, slightly watery. Crazy smooth for the abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Crazy plum and tart flavor. Fruity. Dark amber color with white head that quickly dissapates. Very jammy and thick. Tons going on with the flavor. Not bad for a barleywine. Draft at Jerry's

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (241) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2011 vintage - Sort of a rusty cloudy brown, no foam. Caramel, dark fruits and some orange peel in the aroma. Taste is big caramel, dark fruits, coffee and a little citrus. The heavy mouthfeel helps the flavors linger. After a few years most of the alcohol taste has mellowed. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustDrinkIt (241) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Murky brown pour with quickly fading tan head. Aroma of raisins sweet malts, fig. Flavor is more of the aroma, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, toffee. This is unlike what I expected and awesome.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (860) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2010 vintage. 12oz bottle int a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark brown with just a tiny wispy head. Not really any lacing but there is a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is quite sweet with caramel, toffee, and figs. There is a slight sherry/oxidized note about it as well. Taste is extremely sweet right off the bat. Caramel is huge and just seems to overwhelm any other flavors that might be present. I can also tell this one has oxidized over time. Sherry flavors are present and there is a bit of a port like quality. Sweet throughout with a very sticky, almost cloying, finish. Overall, I was really hoping this would be an awesome experience with this beer having so much age but it is just too sweet. A bit one dimensional as well. I may need to seek out a fresh example sometime.


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