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RATINGS: 1933   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%


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
I didnít like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly donít get the style. I guess if you like the style, youíll like this well enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
Aroma of malt, toffe and cherrys. The apperance is nicly red with a medium head. Tha flavor is of toffe and is bitter and sweet at the same time. The beer has overall a bit to weak aroma and the alcohol i shining threw but is still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2008, 12oz bottle, new label. Pours hazy dark reddish brown, thin head, low carbonation. Alcohol taste not readily apparent. Less sweet more hops than some barley wines. I’m enjoying this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 2005 Bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Taste was of brandy, caramel candy, malt, some dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Both a sweet and a bitter. A complex beer, much more to be savored on a cold winter night. Tuck íer away in the cellar, and I can only imagine MORE complexity. $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. Probably worth double! Enjoy!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Mahogany with lasting one-finger head. Quite lacy. Aroma of navel oranges, pineapple, & obvious alcohol. Flavor seriously sweet, becoming warmly alcoholic (a bit much, I must admit), then woody w/hops. Might need aging. Lovely mouthfeel--not too thick, and perfect, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2011 from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a rich amber, almost orange. Limited, and quickly disipating head. Little fruit on the nose, with a rich, warm sweet taste. Very easy drinking for the abv.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
It pours a beautiful deep red color. The faint aroma is of cherries, toffee and malt.Taste is spicy, bitter and sweet, and contains toffee, malt, cake dough and caramel. Alcohol shines through a bit in the finish. This is the way I want my barley wine! Not overly bitter and without the malty notes coming through, as in this years bigfoot. Since itís already enjoyable fresh, Iíd wager itíd be fantastic after a year or so in the cellar.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crhensel (138) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
(Bottle 2011 vintage) Pours a murky dark amber with a full finger tan head that fell fast. The nose is very subtle for a barleywine, but had hints of earth and some prune/plum that was very pleasant. Itís very rich in the mouth with a pleasant caramel malt flavor up front, and a very nice warming from the alcohol at the finish. The flavor sticks around for a while, but thatís not a bad thing. An excellent choice on a very cold night!


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