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RATINGS: 1904   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (115) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
2006 vintage. The four pack has been growing on me. At first it did not compute as a Barley Wine but since tasting a Raison D Extra and an Avery The Beast it does rate well in the category of "sweet fortified strong ales." If youíre looking for something sweet, strong and mellow, this ranks high. If youíre looking for a classic Barley Wine, look elsewhere.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2009
bottle of 2008,red color..easy to drink..barley flavour throughout...Mild flavour..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2007 vintage. Strong and smooth. Pours dark amber, small persistent white head. Dark fruit in the nose and on the palate. Just a touch of hops to round it out. Excellent barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
12oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Deep amber, thin fine bubbled head, slight spotty lacing. Smells fantastic, fruity with light esters, caramel/toffee, bread pudding. First sip unfolds in perfect form, rich but not cloying malt body flows over the tongue with authority, fading to a tingling hop profile with nuances of root beer and spice cake, alcohol slowly wafts out the nostrils. Has some characteristics that you might consider belgian. The best barley wine I have had yet, truly delicious, I will buy more more more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle, 2008 vintage. I was trying to hold off, but I decided it was time to break one of these open. The color is a sort of dark copper, there is basically no head, but the few bubbles present were off-white. Aromas are pretty sweet, lots of barley and some malt. Flavor is overall sweet, but finishes with a really nice sweet/bitter balance. The bitters in this beer are surprisingly smooth. ABV is hidden pretty well, very smooth drinking beer for something with this power. I loved this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2010 version appearance is a medium brown with a bubbly off white head aroma is raisin/ grape like and similiar to a quadrupel with a little bit of coffee slight alcohol aroma and some plum as well first taste is coffee then goes to a almost tart flavor then sweet raisin/grape and finishes pretty dry alcohol flavor reminding you of the eleven percent it is, a complex beer full of flavor, im really going to try my hardest to hold on to one of these for a year and see how it is, but right now that is looking grimm haha

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
(Bottle - 2004) Pours golden/orange, with white, quickly dissapearing, head. Notes of VERY sweet malts, and bitter liquorice dominates. This is a beast of a beer, and it demands a lot from the drinker. Itís massive sweetness took my breath away. Magnificent beer!!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2009 Old Stock, drinking 2/22/11 Beautiful looking beer. Deep mahogany with a three-finger, off-white, thick head. Excellent lacing. Smells super sweet. Definite alcohol presence but also some overripe apples and pears. Interesting but the booze drowns out the nicer aromas. Tastes very sweet as well. Almost too sweet in that thereís no offsetting balance in hops or weight. Definitely high alcohol. Caramel and the overripe apples and pears again. Drinks well but slowly. Overall, a good strong ale but nothing to rave about.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 8/18/2008... Big, bready pillowy 1-finger yeasty head with nice seam, a thick cling to the glass and staying power. Wood-colored body... a split between mahogany hue and cherry darkness - a deep chestnut color? Ample carbonation. Oooh...some bourbon, vanilla, alcohol - apples, cinnamon and raising with brown sugar. Smells like dessert. Powerful stuff. Raisins, figs and deep dark caramel malt - a little coffee and some slight earth. Runs very hot from the alcohol - itís great but use warmth to calm it down. Nice feel - a little astringent from alcohol - itís good nonetheless. Burns like a good single-barrel bourbon. This needs time but itís good nonetheless - easy to drink for style but a nice sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Carmelly orange color with a small whitish head. Aroma shows a lot of alcohol with some very sweet, fruity notes and a bit of floral hops. Lots of sour orange juice flavor mixed with alcohol with hops present mainly in the finish. Syrupy but a little thin on the palate.


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