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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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2013 vintage pours copper, aromas of cherries and vanilla. Full mouth feel, sweet in the tongue, alcohol is makes nicely for almost 12%, pretty good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2011 - Deep dark red/copper pour. Aroma was a little disappointing with not much there. Head was very thin and quickly dissipated. Thick mouthfeel with a nice high alcohol pull that brings the belgian candy tastes to the front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (309) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2013 vintage. Poured from the bottle a dark red. Big off-white head with very fine texture that hangs around for a long time. Lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, and caramel. Sweet, not hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. This should age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senap (329) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Årgång 2013. Väldigt fruktig, första tanken går åt en extrem fyllig cider. Nog känns den höga alc.nivån, men stör inte heller. På det hela taget en upplevelse, men den kräver sitt tillfälle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1522) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
Flaska från SB, årgång 2013. Rödorange, lätt dimmig, med smutsvitt litet skum som snart lägger sig. Doft av russin, karamell, citrus, plommon, körsbär och grapemarmelad Den höga alkoholen ger en närmast glöggliknande känsla i munnen, med värmen och julkänslan. Där hittas apelsin, karamell, russin, ingefära, söt lakrits, fruktkaka och plommon. Alkoholen klistrar sig fast i gommen. Mycket gott.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneakychi (64) - - NOV 22, 2013
2013 bottle. Aroma: Dried fruits, apple, freshly crushed malt, bread. Taste: A hint of hop bitterness, caramel, malt sweetness, dried fruit (raisins).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 12, ’12. 2002 version tasted. Poured from a cellared 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip, with MUCH anticipation! A: HUGE wine smell, I get plum notes, some toffee notes and a slight alcohol burn. A: Pours a cloudy, almost opaque walnut-hue with very little head and no lacing. Murky is the word here. T: WOW! Incredible, other-worldly complex beer. Intense flavors cascading on the palate like a Greek dinner in a family restaurant on Crete. Strong merlot flavors keep surfacing, but the overall smoothness dominates. P: Medium body with extremely mild carbonation.. Silky, mildly astringent. The finish is moderately dry. O: Without a doubt, the SMOOTHEST barley wine I’ve ever had! I was scared to drink a 10 year old beer, and the pour was so murky it only heightened the anxiety. The first taste quelled all fears and I was instantly struck by how smooth and refined the taste was, despite it’s overwhelming complexity. The high ABV creates a waming that improves the overall taste and reminds that the beer is to be taken VERY seriously. WOW! I’m a lucky dude.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Dark orange, almost crimson pour with a rocky two and a half finger beige head that dissipates rather quickly. There’s more carbonation that I was expecting, looks great in the glass. The aroma is a sweet malty bomb, big dark fruit esters, brown sugar, dark bread, sweet chocolate and of course alcohol booziness. On the tongue, I get big dark fruit flavors like fig, date, berries, cherry, caramel, slight citrus and chocolate in the back. I definitely taste and feel the alcohol, but it’s not in an unwelcome way. Good complexity and something quite different from a lot that’s out there. North Coast are pioneers and one of the more under appreciated breweries out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2291) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
12 oz 2013 bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a mostly clear copper colour with a few floaties and modest-sized, slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy with lots of fruitiness and caramel as well as a little earthy leather character. Flavour is candied sugar, raisins, figs, toffee, leather and a little earthiness. Some alcohol definitely apparent. Mellow carbonation and smooth in the mouth. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (341) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours thick orange with a nice offwhite head. Upfront aroma of dried apricots, raisins, a touch of leathery yeast, and some caramel malts. Almost like a cross between a barley wine and strong ale. Flavours are malt driven - loads of caramel, toffee, dried apricots and raisins. Warm booziness down the back adds to the sweetness. Awesome drop.

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