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RATINGS: 1924   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%


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (254) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Aroma is malty grapey. Smooth. Looks fine. Sooty brown. Light head. Taste is very grape like. Smooth. Oaky. Sweet. Oh this is the 2014 version. Palate is fine. Smooth. Boozy Drinks like a scotch ale. Very grape like. Tastes like a better more full bodied founders dirty bastard. Solid beer. Have one in the cellar since the box told me to do so.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demondeacon09 (43) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma with hint of earth and hay and raisin. Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Light orange-brown color. Hazy. Tastes like a barleywine - very malty with a slight bitter hop finish; sweet. Pretty smooth for 11.7 abv. Iím glad that I tried this beer, but itís far from my favorite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cory (306) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2011 Bottle. Nice sherry, fig, sweet sun dried raisins, light booze, complex, and just a nice sipping beer. Great barley wine that ages really well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 2009 bootle from the rotebox. big potent sherry notes, figs, port-like character. soft boozy rumcake notes. sherry oxidation. perhaps a touch thinned out with time. nose pretty chill. better than expected. pretty drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3573) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle: Poured a mahogany brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sticky malts, figs, dark fruit, sweet warm feeling. Taste is strong dark fruit, sweet malts, and nice light alcohol burn.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jpkeskinen (216) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Really strong beer. The taste is a bit sweet. Not as good as I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3145) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
33cl bottle, vintage 2012. Mahogany color, thin white head. Toffee, malt, wood and sweetness in aroma. Toffee lingering, some alcohol stickyness, malt and some dried fruits. Long sweet finish. Slightly unbalanced and alcohol coming through too much to be enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2412) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and dark syrup in aroma. Also some dark fruits and vinous notes are present. Quite pleasant aroma indeed. Dark syrup, malty sweetness and vinous notes in taste. Scaringly easy to drink despite the quite high abv.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (971) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with a caramel aroma. Taste is clean but finishes with a burn. Nice high alcohol flavor with a mellow malt flavor. The burn fades quickly, and leaves the chest with a warm tingle. A good beer for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2014
Had a 2011 vintage. Decent Barleywine. Pours brown with a just a tinge of red. Slight white head. Scent is hay, grass, and molasses. Despite age, hop characted still existed. Interested to see if this tastes more like a IIPA when fresh. Nice beer. Might like to do a vertical someday. Bottle - Received in Trade


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