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RATINGS: 1908   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.’s 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. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s 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%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a super hazy dark burnt orange with a small off white head. Lots of raisins and caramel malt on the nose, vanilla, dark cherry, and maybe a touch of milky chocolate. Lots of cherry on the taste, a little fig and plum, and then lots of caramel/vanilla flavors, and maybe some brown sugar. Not overly sweet, enough maltier notes to cut through the fruity notes at the front of the tongue. Very smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Smells of dried fruit. Taste is oak, honey, a hint of smoke, a faint whiff of booze. Subtle hops at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (840) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours slightly hazy amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet, and an undercurrent of booze. Taste of vanilla and cherries with a slightly oaky/boozy that lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1544) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2013 draft at Beermuda. Pours a clearish golden color with no head. Aroma of vanilla and raisins. Taste is sweet and a but hot from alcohol. Really great sipper and I’m surprised I haven’t had it sooner.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off white head that lasts. Smells of honey and oak. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of honey, dried fruit, and rye. Buries 12 percent alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2315) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle(2011) poured to snifters showing a darkest brown color with some ruby highlighting, a light layer of off white head foam, and minimal lacing, maybe light spots at best. The nose presented an initial hint of soy, then continued with dark fruit, and brown sugar, nearly treacle-like sweetness. Medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste was quite sweet & malty, but tempered and improved by the warming, cognac-like alcohol. Surprised at the soy for only a couple of years age, but wasn’t apprized of the cellaring care.

4
   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 (1230) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
God duft av malt, druer og krydder. Dyp mørk rødbrun 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 (1395) - 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.


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