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RATINGS: 1937   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%


Lukaduke's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2218) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2012 vintage. Pours a rich copper color with a finger of eggshell colored foam. The nose is full and layered. Nice toffee, caramel and straw. The palate follows nicely with a little more complexity. Dark fruits mingle with boozy soft sherry notes and brown sugar. Nice bitterness creeps in on the backend.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (621) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Awesome brandy appearance. Alcohol is evident but if it’s the last one of the night the warming is appropriate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Migmar (250) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle of 2012 vintage. Dark brown, some head that disappears quickly but remains on the edges. Plums, dates, caramel, vanilla. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, full palate. Alcohol hits pretty harshly but, well, that’s what Barley Wines are. It’s a strong one, perhaps aging would have balanced it out. Suits well as a night cap instead of the regular whiskey or cognac.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (765) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2014
750ml bottle of 2012 vintage. Pours a pale yellow brown color with a bit of head. Malty but a bit of alcohol harshness. Slight molasses.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
elosop (153) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
Mahoganyfärgad med snabbt försvinnande krona. Doftar bränd karamell. Smaken spritig och eftersmaken än mer alkoholanstruken. Eftersmaken lång, bränd kola. Nä, barley wine inget för mig.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (71) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
12 oz bottle of 2014 vintage from Whole Foods in Hillsboro, OR. Aroma has brown sugar, tart cherries, leather, and NyQuil. Mouthfeel is thick and robust, with a bitter, boozy, and slightly astringent finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
julesjis (57) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Poured from a 12oz. This is not my style of beer. Aroma was a boozy sawdust. Not super pleasant for me. Taste was like a grape must spritzer. This beer did have a very inviting color to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Brown ale. Head gone after a few seconds only. Strong in alcohol. Flavor mainly sweet licorice, sweet wort and stale dry fruit.The aroma forces itself on me, syrupy, boozy, hoppy. I’ve had better beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4250) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle 2014 version. Reddish brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is rich with some roastedness, the flavour is very rich and malty with roastedness and a port like quality. Overall a reasonable strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zekada (143) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. Smell of malts, bread, raisins and some berries. Pours dark amber with a small beige head. Deep taste, berries and some bread and raisins. Palate is full and round. Overall a really enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on nitro-tap into a Bell’s tulip at Al’s of Hampden.

A - Pours nut brown with a very spotty tan head leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of rich caramel malt up front with a touch of booze. Some dark fruits like raisins and figs mix well with a bit of spice and strong brandy flavor from the booze. A very complex nose.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness up front from the malt giving way quickly to lots of dark fruit flavors similar to the nose, toffee, and vanilla. Finish is strong booze that lingers on the pallet for some time. I liked this one a lot but I don’t think I could drink more than one at a time. It is a very heavy beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A good amount of booze burn lingers for some time. I think the nitro hurt this one a bit.

D - Not too bad. I like this one out of the bottle better. I think if it was on co2 it would have been a bit better. Still one of my favorites for the style.


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