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RATINGS: 1922   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%


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1249) - Québec, Quebec, - DEC 26, 2012
(2011 vintage) Garnet-colored beverage topped by a rapidly disappearing off-white/yellow-ish head. What remains is you, a tiny ring of foam and that red brew that you anxiously smell. Brown sugar, treacle (someone mentionned toffee but I couldn’t feel it) is what strikes you first. And then you still search and you find some alcoholic notes and nothing else... bummer. Carbonation is a little higher than I’d like but it doesn’t bother me that much, really as it makes the mouth feel bigger (ample). Taste is again brown sugar without a discernible bitterness. What you can feel though is all the alcohol warmth and sting. I thought it would be more complex than it is but it is still a good, big barleywine.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy reddish brown. Smells a little boozy and sweet, but well balanced. This is not a very hoppy brew. Very tasty and a new regular for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1294) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
The 2009 vintage, with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops. Thin, off-white head, colour deep bronze. Complex aroma, temptingly perfumed with raisins, candied dates, pear syrup, cranberries, madera, sherry, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice... Rich fruity taste on a deep sweet, honeyish and caramelly malt base, full and vinous, retronasal all the good things from the aroma come back and further decorate the palate, hop bitter finish with nice warming alcohol. Very well-balanced, rich and elegant provision ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (560) - ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Clear amber with a nice head. Malty and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, malts, dried fruits and caramel, quite boozy. Medium-full bodied. Heavy but pleasant mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (194) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and I’m not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
June 2009. Clearish maroon with absolutely no head whatsoever. Very very sweet, without any hops to balance the malt. Not much of a finish. Pass.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiffNilsson (209) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Rödbrun vätska med obefintlig brungul skumkrona som försvinner snabbt. Doften är syrlig och frisk. Smaken är kraftfull med markerad beska och stor kropp. Lite spritig i karaktären men inte påtagligt. En helt ok barley wine, men den vinner säkert på att lagras ett år eller två.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (146) - - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a redish brown body with a thin head. Aroma of syrup. Rich taste of syrup and bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bygers (741) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Vintage 2014. Pours an amber brown colour with a slight haze, one finger head that diminish. Aromas of caramelized malts, ripe fruit and alcohol. Ripe fruit flavors accompanied by raisin and bourbon, caramel malt and faint grassy hops. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, oily texture and a sweetness in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3335) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of spicy caramel malts, some alcoholic brandy and slightly earthy. Flavor is quite warming, spicy and a bit of red wine, some wood and quite earthy. Strange brew at first, but likable after a few sips.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
77ships (3689) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
#100 Barley WIne. 355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ “Memorabel Tastingkje”. Thanks to tderoeck! 2013 Vintage. GUSHER. Foam still rising from the bottle after we lost a fare share of it. Spare head, lightly hazy amber brown beer. Getting the usual barley wine notes in the nose, toffee, dried, fruit, caramel etc. but feels a bit thin & herbal. Taste is muted and bit thin molasses, cereal, toffee, dried fruits with some leather, broth, prunes, butterscotch leading into a thin, metallic, lightly herbal finish. Little carbonation, this one didn’t feel all right, disappointing, prob. a lesser bottle. Only beer that I didn’t really care for in an otherwise great tasting, oh well, it happens, glad I dot to try this one all the same.


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