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RATINGS: 1989   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%


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2001
One of the best beers Iíve had the pleasure of drinking in my life! This stuff is BIG! Big alcohol. Big flavor. Big nose. Big mouthfeel. Yet smooth and easy to drink in my opinion. I didnít find the alcohol to be overwhelming at all. Noticable for sure...but not overkill. A great beer for a cold winter night. Iím gonna get my hands on some so I can see how it ages. I tried it (about 6 times) at the GABF last weekend. :-)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Very strong barley wine. Lots and lots of candied fruit. One-dimensional (in this candied fruit kind of way). The syrupy fruit gets boring after a while.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (199) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 The 11.7% ABV is a kicker, but the taste is very smooth, just a tad bitter, which is perfect. Great beer, bought it in a 4-Pack, great deal for this kind of beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
Den var väl sådär. Funkar i brist på annat. Snygg flaska och hyfsat bra pris. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2010 12oz btl. Pours a deep mahogany with a decent white head. A sweet aroma of candied dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Slightly hot but palate overall is tasty. Lots of candied fruit, sweet caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spice of the alcohol is pleasant and warming. Pretty delicious overall.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
POD (198) - USA - JUN 14, 2006
2005 12 oz bottle poured into glass dark amber with quickly dispersing head. Heavy raiseny aftertaste and noticiable high alcohol content. This one made my liver quiver. I can only recommnend this ale for real men.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle (2011) - Where do I start? While I loved the smell, appearance, and mouthfeel of this beer, the powerful taste of sweet syrup just couldnít be ignored. It is possible that I got a batch that hadnít been handled properly. Oh, certainly I know that Iím in the minority here, but I know barley wine. I absolutely love Old Foghorn and Bigfoot, but this was freakiní ridiculously sweet....at the moment of tasting it. Maybe similiar to someone on a salad diet drinking a coke for the first time in months, .... and it tastes so SWEET. I may store this and re-rate after some time. Merci beaucoup.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 2005--Huge soft white head that slowly fades to about a half a fingerís width. The nose is one of a typical European barley wine --all malt. A sweetness builds, but i will have to say it is muted compared to when I had this same brew in the winter of 2005, just before Christmas. At the front end it has a burnt caramel/fruit that just is the perfect strength. There is some bitterness here, but the malt is king in this brew. This is much better with age. I let this one sit for two years, and I donít think it will get any better. 06--it gets even better. It is not over the top sweet, and the alc is hidden well. It does have a hefty body, with moderate bitterness. There is sweetness with a toffee like and mild nuttiness to it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2003: Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish. IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.


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