Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage, 12 oz bottle in snifter. Cloudy, rusty dark amber pour with just a thin ringer of slightly off-white head. Boozy, fruity aroma with a lot of caramel and toffee character. Notes of figs, prunes, strawberries, and bready malts. Flavor is still boozy, though less so than I remember from when I first bought it about 9 months ago. Slightly oxidized flavor that faded as it warmed. More fruity than I remember. Picking up a big strawberry note for some reason, along with the plum and toffee. Finish is sweet with a burnt sugar aftertaste. Still a little hot. Palate is thick and chewy. This one seems to have aged pretty well in its year in the basement. Much less alcohol burn, and more fruity esters have developed.
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little towards the sweet and yeasty side. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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ffbot (132) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red brown in color, extremely minimal carbonation, tiny white circle of bubbles throughout. Smell of wood, cask, berries and fresh bread, wheat and clove. Taste is hugely wood, medium sweetness, complex balance of sweet and bitter, definitely one to savor.
arn8897 (241) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy copper color with a thin tan head. Aromas of caramel and malt. Taste the same with some alcohol warmth. Nice flavor. Thick palate. Nice lacing in the glass.
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015. Pours golden brown color with off white head which leaves a slight foam coating on the beer. Aroma is sweet like candy (caramel/vanilla toffee) and slight cherry. Somewhat light body with a slight stickiness. Complex and fantastic flavor. Drinks really easy for @12%. Nicely done!
UrbanCaveman (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle of 2012 edition, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, vaguely reddish brown, and forms a thin head of beige foam that rather quickly turns into a ring. Leaves patches of lacing on the glass.
Smell: At 3 years of age, the aroma is a bouquet of sweetness and malt, very caramel and molasses. Fig, plum, date, and the like swirl around in the scent as well, alongside a vague hint of booziness that seems less rum, more whiskey.
Taste: All the sweetness in the nose did not lie. This opens in a wash of dark stone fruit preserves slathered on bread and topped with molasses. A medicinal quality comes in as the beer moves along the palate, much like Iíd imagine an early 19th-century cough syrup might have tasted like. Rusted iron notes appear as well, giving a metallic tang to shadow the syrupy sweetness, and there are bits of a burnt caramel-vanilla tone. An oaky and vinous tinge round out the flavor palate, and the aftertaste lingers as the molasses, preserves, and medicinal syrup.
Mouthfeel: Sticky is the first word that comes to mind, with minimal sharpness from carbonation rolling through a full-bodied beer.
Overall: A delicious old ale / English barleywine, which ages quite well.
fuzzcro (40) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my second time enjoying a bottle of 2013 vintage Old Stock Ale. I look forward to trying the 2014 vintage. I had Pranqster last evening and have enjoyed Old Rasputin also. I am quite impressed with North Coast Brewing Co! This Old stock ale is excellent. The only score I didnít top out was appearance...it is a bit cloudy in the glass and my preference is for a crystal clear appearance no matter to color tones...this one is a nice coppery color though cloudy. There is a very nice sweetness and absolutely no bitter at all. This combination will never fail to win me over big time.
Mortlach (1463) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours deep amber with a little off-white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, sponge cake, alcol. Flavour is medium to high sweet with a decent bitter end, complex, light astringency. Full body, medium carbonation. Very good.
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Woody toffee malt, cherry, and hay aroma. Hazy orange-brown color with small head. Sweet apple/cherry, toffee malt, and bitter hay/alcohol flavor. Body kind of light.
SuperTiti33 (817) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rousse. Fin collet. Très sucré. Caramel. Fruit sec. Datte. Raisin. Légèrement boisé. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Banane. Finale toffee. Excellente.
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jbuskirk (930) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
North Coast ships its hops from England when brewing its annual batch of Old Stock Ale, which shows its dedication to crafting an English Style Ale. However, itís the use of said hops that creates a uniquely American ale. Old Stock has a fair amount of earthy bitterness mixed in with the rich grains. Before I get too far down that trail, Old Stock pours ruby red with a thin layer of foam - not surprising given the ABV being just shy of 12%. Aroma has dark and syrupy fruits. Flavor has bread, fig, date, plum, prune, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and mild citrus. The full-bodied mouthfeel contains stickiness and some crispness coming from the hops. Old Stock has some serious class. Iíd love to try a version with even more age than the 2014 vintage.