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RATINGS: 2024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
The 12 oz. bottle is labeled 2004. It pours with a clear dark amber body, and a large, tight tan head with average lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and floral hops, with a touch of alcohol. Palate entry is honey sweet, with mid-palate flavors of beef broth, caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry and fruit esters like ripe banana. The is a nice well-hopped finish with slight alcohol warming. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (188) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
2010 Bottle. Aroma is very malty, caramel, roasty, molasses, raisin, woody.... can smell the alcohol too. Appearance is a nice deep reddish brown with minimal head that thins quickly. Taste is of heavy caramel/molasses, alcohol, sweet malts.... fairly full. Had a bottle right away and one a year after... aged nicely after 1st year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2004 Bottle. Nice rich barleywine, dark pour with almost no head. Heady cinnamon and spice aroma. Mouth has a bit too much alcohol on it, but other flavors are quite good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparf (185) - Östersund, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
Vinös doft som drar åt melass, soja, torkade plommon och en sötaktig honungston. Även lite kemisk schampoton förnimms. En stor, söt smak med inslag av banan och malt. Känner också toner av belgisk jäst och aning bränt socker. Ingen humle alls. Mahognyfärg med ett snabbt försvinnande, läskartat skum. Riktigt bra munkänsla och en fyllighet som höjer känslan. Precis när man sväljer ringer whiskytoner medan den korta eftersmaken är torvaktig, lätt rökig och torr med viss elegans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, and bitter hops, light brown color. Nutty, coffee, brown sugar taste, a very interesting and unusual barleywine. Extremely bitter, while definitely unique, I can't say I cared for the brown sugar flavors in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2003
wonderfully scented - very sweet, but the taste is less than desirable - a strong very wine like alcohol taste to it, definitiely not what i had in mind when i bought this, give you a nice warm feeling really quick, but only if you can choke it down

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2008 bottle - Very nice aroma - sweet, apple-like. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small amount of tan head. Very good taste - malty, sweet, alcoholic, figgy. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very nice barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeek (182) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
Color and clarity not bad, aroma is malty backed by massive alcohol. Looking at label its 11.7% so not surprising. Taste is malt and alcohol, with an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2012
This is extremely sweet and overpowering. It didn’t have hops at all. I thought it wasn’t balanced enough to be so highly rated.

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