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RATINGS: 1981   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too. S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing. T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and I’m glad it didn’t. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor. M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; it’s not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesn’t quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders. O: Better than I expected. It’s actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, it’s still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (133) - - MAR 24, 2015
2014 bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours murky amber with a thin disappearing head. Body is full with low carbonation. Aroma is intense. Boozyness is very evident but is slightly masked by sweet burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is just as complex and amazing as the aroma. A sugary sweetness begins the palate which then develops into port. The finish is slightly bitter with a very warming hit of booze at the end of the palate with flavours of dried nuts, sultanas and apricots remaining as an after taste. Great beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (46) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2009 bottle, 11.5%. Cherry-port nose giving way to a caramel chocolate. Sweetish, slightly raisiny, heavy velvety body. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness and body. Great strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2113) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2015
2015 Bottle - 11.9%. Pours brown/dark amber with a slightly off white head. aroma is light caramel, some sticky pudding, dark figgy fruit. Medium body, lightish carbonation. There’s mostly sweet stuff - caramel, light burnt sugar, light treacle, dark raisiny, figgy fruits, rum, coke, booze... Its fine, the booze is a bit harsh but there’s some nice rich flavours too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3181) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, 2007 vintage, savoured on March 10 2015; eye: mahogany, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: toffee, malt, slight hops, slight Madeira, fig, light molasses; mouth: toffee, malt, slight hops, slight Madeira, dig, light molasses, finale in malt with presence of caramel, medium-full body, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 12 onces, millésime 2007, savourée le 10 mars 2015; œil : acajou, trouble, pas d’effervescence, minuscule anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : toffee, malt, très léger houblon, très léger madère, figue, léger mélasse; bouche : toffee, malt, très léger houblon, très léger madère, figue, léger mélasse, finale en malt avec présence de caramel, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : bien

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
2002 vintage : A dark brown ale with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel with dark dried fruits, maderized, light licorice, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of honey, surranated hops, licorice, molasses, maple syrup, alcohol warmth, oily mouth feel, interesting but a bit tired. Bottle from GRM, merci Sylvain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2624) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from stirchley wines. Copper beer with residual head. Aroma of malts and sweet syrup. Taste is sweet syrup, malts and caramel with a hint of spice. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3947) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle shared with SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; hazy dark copper pout with a thin beige head, sweet caramel aroma, taste is very sweet with some woody action, dark fruit, light bitterness. ABV present.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1303) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Cherry, other fruits, and caramel in the aroma. Nice sweet brown sugar and caramel taste with a boozy slightly bitter burn in the finish. Very tasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1136) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2015
A deliciously subtle barley wine! Pours amber w/ a thin tan head that leaves a tiny ring of lacing. The aroma is mainly sweet malty goodness. The taste is phenomenally smooth at 12% alcohol! It’s nearly full bodied & malt heavy. There is a small punch of bitterness towards the finish. This is an excellent barley wine!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (5371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper amber, nose is roasty, toffee, taste is sweet toffee, bit oxidised.


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