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RATINGS: 2106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

Fatehunter's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2214) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 2010 bottle, five years old. Pours no head on a cloudy brown body. The aroma is dry hay, grain, dirt, and super ripe plums. The taste is super sweet: fruits, caramel and candy with a little alcohol heat at the end. The texture is soft and still fizzy. Four years old now. Almost no head on a dark and cloudy straw colored body. The aroma is mostly grain, just a hint of fruit. The taste is quite sweet but no more alcohol heat. I didn’t change the rating but I liked the 2010 bottle better in 2012.---- Over a year of sitting in the cellar. Let’s see the change. 2010 Bottling Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy copper, half finger of head, quickly gone though. Still smells like lots of ripe fruit: apple, orange, pear. There’s more malt to smell, dry grains. Tastes sweet, malty, a pear and cider. Ends as a bitter sweet combo. Alcohol hidden. Heavy body, sticky texture, low carbonation. Lasting heat but not "alcoholy". It tastes better than a year ago. Very complex and drinkable for a high ABV. --- 2010 Bottling Poured from bottle into 200 mL tulip glass. 1/4 inch dirty white head developed and quickly faded. Rust/amber color, not quite transparent. Noticeable carbonation. Smells bright, new fruit with pear and apple most apparent. Under that is malt. Quite pleasant. Taste like alcohol, caramel and malty sweetness. The taste lingers in the mouth for awhile afterward. Almost like the beer version of port. Syrupy and fairly carbonated. It is heavy on the tongue. For its style it is good. One bottle is plenty to enjoy for awhile. I have a few more of these that are going to sit in storage for a few years, maybe even a decade. I’m excited to see how time changes it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2098) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 24, 2016
hazy dark amber to brown colour, moderate sized, creamy yellowish-beige-ish off-white head; aroma of herbal liqueur, floral-honey notes, some burnt sugar, woody notes, some grape and dried apple hints of anise (?) and minimal spicy alcohol; taste of herbal liqueur, syrup and burnt sugar, dried fruits, medicinal bittery notes and significant amount of alcohol; really special ’beer’ - more like a liqueur with beer-ish notes than a beer :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (1302) - Z±bki, POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Aromat umiarkowany, przypomina mocne belgijskie i angielskie piwa. Jest chleb, karmel, nieco melano, czekolady, orzechów i nut drożdżowych (w stylu quadrupla). Sporo alkoholu (rum?) i nutki a’la drewniane.

Wygląd: barwa głęboko miedziana do czerwonej, wyraźnie zmętniona, z pływającymi drobinkami. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, niemal kremowa, umiarkowanej wielkości i podobnie trwała, ale przy takiej mocy to do wybaczenia.

Smak: dość wysoka słodycz i spora dawka alkoholu. Nuty karmelu, czekolady, melano, suszonych owoców. Goryczka powyżej średniej, wzmacniana przez alkohol. Zdecydowanie tęga pełnia, raczej niskie wysycenie i słodki lekko słodowy finisz z z wyraźną nutą alkoholową rozgrzewającą przełyk. Jak dla mnie bardziej belgijskie niż angielskie. Być może złagodniałoby z wiekiem. Spodziewałem się więcej.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
desolat (26) - ChongQing, CHINA - AUG 16, 2016
AROMA-Medium malty, bread, caramel, maillard, molasses . High alcohol feeling. APPEARANCE-Light brown. Clear, little hazy. Tan head. Legs from the high alcohol. FLAVOR-Medium-high malty sweetness with caramel and light chocolate flavor. Light fruity. Medium bitterness. High alcohol. Balance is malty-sweet. Aftertaste is high alcohol, light malty. MOUTHFEEL-Full body, rich. Medium-low carbonation. OVERALL-Strong. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Tämän oluen heikoin osio on ulkonäkö. Punertavan ruskea olut hyvin niukalla, beigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu kypsän hedelmäinen ja karamellisen makea. Alkoholi tuoksussa yllättävän vahvasti esillä. Maku vahvan täyteläinen, karamellinen, hedelmäinen, lämmittävä. Alkoholi ei maistu. Ei juurikaan hiilihappoja, täyteläinen kokonaisuus, mutta ei yliampuvan makea. Toimii.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2252) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2012 vintage 750ml from AirForceHops, shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, guys! Pours murky dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is toffee, raisin, cinnamon. Flavor is toffee, banana, molasses, raisin, cinnamon, clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Poured from bottle 2012 thanks Airforcehops reddish brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of caramel honey roasted nuts grape and oak. Taste is dark fruit bread caramel and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (2824) - DENMARK - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle. Hazy hazelnut brown with a medium sized diminishing tan head. Nuts, caramel, syrup, honey, warming alcohol, dark dried fruits. Full body, lots of sweetness but balanced by alcohol. Long warming finish. Fairly sweet and alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bawelt (515) - Lyon, FRANCE - AUG 3, 2016
Vint. 2015. Superbe. Nez très complexe et équilibré. Beaucoup de caramel, de mélasse, un fond noisette, un peu de cognac, de résineux, de pomme confite, un léger fond d’alcool. La bouche est finalement assez fine, très peu éthylique. Attaque caramel fumé, un peu grillé avec des notes de noix et noisettes. Des notes plus franches de cognac et d’épices. Magnifique équilibre et bel complémentarité.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
darb85 (222) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Sweet molasses nose. Dark Amber, mild head. Sweet molasses with hint of citrus sweet cover and finish of honey. Thick mouth feel. Very good. Kinda lack luster for the hype

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddybutch (51) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 Bottle, vintage 2015. Dark amber, no head. Strong malt flavour. Caramel, chocolate, dried grape, alcohol, wood. Wine-ous at nose. Light bitterness, moderate sweet. Strong carbonation. Really owes the name of Old Ale. Could fit to wine lovers

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