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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%

   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, í12. 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 Iíve 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 itís 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! Iím 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. Thereís 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 itís not in an unwelcome way. Good complexity and something quite different from a lot thatís 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 (2241) - 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 (339) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALittleYeast (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
full body, light sweetness, nice amber color, noticeable alcohol. Quite tasty overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1437) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle: 2012... Extremely dense, turbid copper with even a mild red-ish hue to it; beige head lasts for a few moments before reducing to a soapy collar. Aroma is dominated with some boozy figs & prunes, a touch of anise, & a sweet, glazed toffee underbody. Faint vanilla. Definitely smells hefty, but the booze isnít too brash. Quite a bit of licorice up front, both sweet red & deep black, hefty raisin & date notes, lathered in sweet caramel sauce & smooth whiskey. The booze aspect is strong & robust without turning into solvent or pure heat. Sticky sweet caramel & toffee malt in the finish with a lighter, grape-y fruit. Very nice ale; this one was aged a little over a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (1636) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle from Alko. Dark red / rusty color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, hops, caramel, toffee, syrup, raisins, oak and a bit of alcohol. Very smooth body and the high ABV is very well hidden. Bitter finish with hops, toffee and raisins. Excellent barley wine with very pleasant balance of hops and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (291) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle, 2013. Pour is a murky orange rust color with a thin khaki head. Alcohol legs and not a lot of lacing. Aroma is cherries and dates with a raisin and citrus note as well. Some caramel, faint hops and an identifiable earthy kind of funk as well. Taste is very malty, sweet dark fruits, cherry, caramel, vanilla, wood. Flavors are soft and the booze is very present in the finish, not overly sweet. Faint hops linger a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel very chewy with smooth, creamy carbonation. A very big beer, enjoyable, am interested to see how it mellows over time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1828) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 5, 2013
On tap 5 oz. sample at Judges' Bench in Ellicott City, MD. Lightly hazy, medium amber with a small off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruit and molasses. Taste of caramel, alcohol, raisins, plums and malts. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
5lickv1c (108) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Bottle. Strong ale with a lot of flavor. Quite boozy, kind of like an English version of a quadruple. Too sweet though and not too balanced.

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