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RATINGS: 1992   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%


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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 Iím glad it didnít. 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; itís not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesnít 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. Itís actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, itís 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
maledictum (694) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours dark honey/burnt orange color. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, anise, raisin. Flavor of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, touch of anise. A sweeter beer, but well balance.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillunken (35) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
Flaska frŚn 2012 frŚn systembolaget. Underbar doft av dadlar, fikon och russin. Liknande smak med lite všrmande alkohol i bakgrunden. Mycket god!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
Old stock ale 2013 a clear Amber with a big fruity aroma. The nose is fruity and boozy. Med-full bodied. The taste is oaky, vanilla boozy sweetness. The taste is oaky sweet vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (474) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
Aroma of dark fruits, taste is dark fruit, malty, sweet, alcohol is well balanced, very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1328) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
Bottle at Biercab. Copper colour with small off-white head. Malt, caramel, dark fruits aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits taste. Medium to full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fombe89 (318) - Asturias, SPAIN - APR 17, 2015
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 11/04/2015. Batch: ZBNCOS1. Color Šmbar, Aroma a caramelo. Cuerpo Alto. carbnonatacion baja.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Muggus69 (1401) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
355mL from Slowbeer 2014 vintage Pours a deep hazy copper body Small dense creamy head persists. Aroma is HUGELY malty - toasted nuts, brown toffee, butter caramel, sultana & dried fig, even more toasted nuts (somehow!?), vanilla, slight woody whisky undertones. Lovely & rich on the palate - syrupy, chewy, yet not cloying, low carbonation. Oh yeah! This is a showcase of BIG malt flavours - toasted nuts, sweet biscuit, toffee & caramel, raisin, sultana, dried fig, vinous black fruit undertones. Good bitterness, lingers, but oh so smooth on a long warm finish. This is top notch! Old ales donít get much better than this

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiquorHound (25) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
Color is a beautiful reddish brown. Nose has a sweet malt with cocoa, red fruits and some dark fruits that remind me of cognac. Taste (new 2015 batch) - Smooth malty goodness with good carbonation. A tad of bitterness on the mid palate but the fruits and malts balance throughout. Finishes fairly clean with just some light malt to chew on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (719) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2015
2012. Context. Without it your rates, ticks, or whatever you want to call it has no value. Comtext cannot be forced and great beers cannot be properly assessed or enjoyed in a night of assembly line ticking where speed and quantity are all that matter. North Coast Old Stock Ale is case in point. Understanding it requires time. And focus.It sparkles and has the most gorgeous reddy brown colour imaginable. Totally restrained and yet with great structure supporting a spirity this gloriously orangish brown beer is meant to be savoured over time. Old school and proud of it, this beer is the perfect antiethis for everything which is wrong with the modern craft beer scene.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2461) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 7, 2015
12 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 07-04-2015.
BBD: Dec 2015. Vintage 2015 (if this makes any sense...)
In short: malty ale.
Pours hazy copper with little off white head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Ripe fruit, caramel and some solvent like aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is smooth, sweet, caramel, fruity, but some off ones, a bit dry and little harsh.


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