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RATINGS: 2017   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.’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%


3.4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 26, 2013
Bourbon/sour aroma. Citrus hop aroma present. Malty sweetness gives way to sour flavor. Dark pit fruit taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeek (181) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2001 vintage. Thin head that dissapates quickly. Port wine-like aroma with a hint of caramel. Viscous mouthfeel, sweet winey taste well balanced with an aromatic hoppiness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfenkopf (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
This review is for the 2010 run. The aroma is chalky and malty, medium in body, but not overly enticing. The head is off-white and disappears as if afraid of its own shadow. The brew itself is a gorgeously deep brown. The taste malty and pleasant, but like a bomb going off, I received the most harsh sourness just after the first swig. I was certain that I had happened upon a bad bottle, but taking another, the sourness was not there. It did not appear again until much further into the bottle, and then much less severe. At the bottom of the bottle, the sourness was not to be found. I am certain that the sourness was an anomaly. Silky smooth on the palate, the carbonization is not strong. Overall, an enjoyable ale save for the random attack of sourness that I hope will not be in the next bottle I am sure to have.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walrussell (179) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2012 version poured into a snifter. Looks like a thick, gooey liquid in my glass. Giant aroma of sugar, candy, molasses & alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma. Sweet & syrupy. Subtle flavor of alcohol (almost scotchy) is present throughout. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Creamy, wonderfully aromatic and a complex palate are what make this ale worthwhile. Brown in color with a very small head, the aroma is sophisticated but not overwhelming, a perfect balance. The downside is it packs a rather sweet punch at first taste. Malts are a heavy toasted, maple syrup and molasses. Hops make their presence known with plenty of pine. The alcohol is heavy. I wish it didn’t try so hard, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparf (178) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2005 edition. Rich, deep pour with a brown that tips toward black and has a sweet nose of toffee, brown sugar and plum. Palate is velvety thick with a careful amount of carbonation. Flavor is more of the dark richness with a dominating buttery toffee tone throughout. This is excellent. It seems very much in vein with an English barley tradition of layered malts and little hop intrusion. Boozey, blissful and blustery this is one of the best barleywines I’ve had.


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