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RATINGS: 1950   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%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 strong alchohol aroma 2004. euuhhghhh.. hard to describe the flavor, alright not bad, tastes pretty good in my opinion not the greatest brew ive ever had but shit iíll drink it... north coast old stock baby!! UGHH!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
12oz bottle. í08 vintage courtesy of wavers1. Pours hazy light brown, with a few bubbles, and a thin ring around the outside edge. Aroma is toffee, and caramel. Body is full, and smotth. very easy drinking. flavor is again toffee, caramel, with hints of chocolate. Incredibly smooth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Clean, malty finish. Wish I had a few more of these around!

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2005 vintage Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head. Sweet with a finish like bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Tastes like whiskey, and it only tastes more like whiskey as it warms. It is pretty sweet, but the sweetness is countered by a generous hop presence and pleasant alcohol burn. Honey flavors, very warming, suprisingly easy to drink.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The taste is initially of very strong sweet malt with hints of spice then followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishing hops leave a nice taste in your mouth. Best Barley Wine I have tried to date. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 2003 Bottle. Wow, what a beer. Poured a reddish brown, but not translucent. Lots of spices, citrus, oak, and caramel in both the aroma and the taste. Alcohol is present and warming. This beer seems to have aged nicely and is probably at its peak.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
2007 version poured a rich copper colour with a huge head. This was very malty, some dried fruit and cocoa. The malt overpowered the hops but still a nice balance. Really nice aftertaste, alcohol presence kept in check...nice brew I would happily invest in again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Im gonig to givve it a 3.6 bcause it had so mch alchol. It was really strong. Had 3, 12 ounce bottles. It tastes good but definately like alchohol and hops. I am going to try buying some more and letting it sit for a while.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours a dark red color with a bubbly tan head that you can hear fizzle out. Very sweet aroma, strong malt background, lots of raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet, lots of malts, caramel, alcohol. Alcohol is a little on the strong side, and itís too sweet for my tastes, but I guess thatís typical for the style. Itís pretty good.


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