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RATINGS: 2115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2009 vintage (11.5%) poured from a 12oz bottle to a brandy snifter. Smell bursts from the bottle. Lots of sweet darkness - toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. There’s some other subtle nuances that I’m struggling to pin down. Touch of booze. It pours a murky dark burgundy with a slim tan cap that fades quickly. The taste is roughly 95% malts at this point. Big burnt caramel and a tiny touch of oxidation that keeps things interesting. Finishes off a bit nutty, no real detectable booze in the aftertaste. Carbonation and body have held up remarkable well. Overall, a big beer that can stand the test of time.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Murky brown pour with quickly fading tan head. Aroma of raisins sweet malts, fig. Flavor is more of the aroma, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, toffee. This is unlike what I expected and awesome.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldn’t these different batches be in separate listings? Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2002: A clear ruby/amber with a thick creamy head - which is relatively long lasting. Aroma of caramel, molasses, peach, dark fruit, honey, and burnt sugar. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Slightly vinous. Nice sweet dominating toffee, burnt sugar and molasses flavor with peach, dark fruit and spices in the background.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2006 bottle - why does this not have more than one listing? Clear deep reddish copper colored pour. Foamy light tan quick diminishing head. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is almost wine-like – sweet candy, plums, and raisins. Smooth and slick palate. Slightly thick and a bit more carbonated than I expected. Flavor is sweet fruit and alcohol – slightly hot. This will certainly get better with time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdan (260) - USA - AUG 3, 2011
Amber with little head. Nose massive sweetness from dark fruits, caramel malt. Taste sweet dark fruits and caramel malt and warming alcohol. Body full text thick, Finsih of with bittersweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Pours to a thick amber. Serious, thick aroma that, while not of any overriding aroma, tends towards chocolate and strawberry twizzler. Roasted malts are definititely present as are hints of winter spices – nutmeg and perhaps a bit of cinnamon perhaps. This is an intense experience that has more of a feel of scotch than beer and has an ABV to match. While I’m enjoying this particular bottle at a fairly chilled temp, I have to wonder how it would taste warm – that’s how much it recalls scotch for me. Pretty amazing beer and one that I would love to try again.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2006
12oz 2005. very nice pour with almost no head and a deep red color. excellent first sip (cellar temp.) smell is maple syrup and spice, this tastes like a perfect winter warmer... the pour and aroma made me think barley wine, but there seems to be more going on here... the alcohol is not hidden and it works well with the chilled sweet flavors (raspberry and sugar) and the warming bitter spices (hint of hops)... it was yummy today, and I know that the other 12oz bottle I have will be tasty with some age

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 2007 Vintage [Initial Rating Date: 10/16/2008 11:18:08 PM] - Bottle pours dark amber with a thin, rapidly-dissipating foamy head which returns with each drink from carbonated bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves only slight tan lacing on the glass that quickly disappears. Aroma of smoky oak and roasted malts. Initial bitter hoppy bite which lingers on the tongue leaving a sweet fruity taste fading into an oak-aged whiskey finish. Would like to compare this one with older vintages. 2011 vintage - Seems to be murkier and darker than the original.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Nice deep brown color. Aroma is that of cognac. Lots of caramel in the flavor. Slightly syrupy, which detracts just a bit overall.


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