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RATINGS: 1902   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%


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2014
2009 vintage. On tap into tulip. St. Paul. Appearance: copper/orange color. Mostly transparent, but some haze. Small rim of white head. Aroma: caramel, raisin, malty, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste: sweet up front. Mild bitterness in the finish. Warming Alcohol. Palate: thick, syrupy. Mostly still carbonation. Long finish Overall: very nice beer. On the sweeter side. Nice warming alcohol. Pretty complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1180) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
God duft av malt, druer og krydder. Dyp mÝrk rÝdbrun farge. Lite skum. Godssmak av frukter. 2009 versjonen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Cloudy dark amber with small tan head. Caramel malt, dark fruit, bread, some spice. Bittersweet, boozy. Could use some aging, but quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Aromas of fruit and vanilla are faint but nice. This is warming as it goes down and has a nice amount of carbonation. The taste of booze, vanilla, malts, and some hops all add up very well to make this a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironprog (43) - - JAN 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Pours a cloudy, deep amber, with an off-white, tight head that dissipates moderately. Aromas of milk-chocolate, caramel, fruit (maybe fig?), and vanilla. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of black-cherry. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is smooth and sweet. Overall, I really like this beer. Although, as it warms up it gets sweeter. By the time it reaches room temperature it is almost cloyingly sweet. However, straight out of the fridge is a little too cold and you donít get all the subtleties. So i suggest letting it warm up for 5 minutes before indulging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1253) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottled 2012 edition. Pours a dark cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla with some woody notes. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hefty sweet fruity finish with some slight alcohol burn on the way down. Awesome stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (772) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
A bit too boozy for its own good. Pours a cloudy red. Smells like malt liquor and a bit of figs. Taste is mostly booze. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3015) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a clear amber with an thick ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of plum, caramel and raisins. Medium heavy bodied, light carbonation,, smooth slightly boozy finIsh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lspagnola (16) - - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle at Vitoís. This made me rethink my stance on barley wines. Very complex. Opened up nicely after warming in the glass. I hope the 2013 is as good.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Vintage 2012, reviewed 07MAR12 ABV 11.7% Pours a ruby ale with a nice dome of cream foam. Smells of alcohol, grain, some caramel, nothing special. Flavor is alcoholic, bitter, some sweetness, some bitterness. Really poorly defined. I donít recall having had this so fresh, but I donít recommend. Medium on viscous body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Iím not impressed fresh. Maybe one should simply buy and age as the beer is better with just a year on it. Note to NC: release beer when ready, no sooner. Vintage 2010, Reviewed 22MAR11 A: Pours a beautiful mahogany ale with hues of cherry red. Single finger head of roasted peanut dissipates in a couple minutes and leaves a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Brilliant clarity. S: Initially, alcohol comes out punching! Then I get the tones of vanilla, malt, cherries (maraschino), light soapy smell (not bad, but different). Good nose, will be better with age I bet. T: Mmmm. Toffee, light noble hops, cascade resin and citrus are subdued, yet present. Alcohol is slightly sweet, but not in any way offensive. Hint of cornbread. Again, maraschino cherries. Nice. The toffee keeps teasing me, more time = more toffee = more happy! M: Full bodied and medium carbonation. Dries the mouth and forces my tongue to push for resonating flavors. Nice. O: Excellent crafsmanship. Good old ale. The profile compels me to keep a dozen in the cellar for a year or two. Should become more tawny in character. Pretty stoked about the potential here. 4/4/4/4/4-4 Serving type: bottle 03-08-2012


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