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RATINGS: 1941   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%


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a nice deep reddish amber color, slightly cloudy. Medium tan head that dissipates quickly into a constant thin head with very little lacing at all. Aroma is quite oaky with a bit of alcohol and a little raisin and prune.as well Very smooth up front, just a bit of sweet malt. The carbonation is noticable in the mouth feel, leading to a nice silky body. The aftertaste is got quite a an alcohol bite, leaves you puckering a bit even if it finishes quickly, seems a bit young but this got better as it warmed as well. Not much of an alcohol burn, just a twang and then it was gone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol . Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. Iíll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Ruby colored, no head to speak of. Malty aroma. Thick, full mouthfeel with almost no hops. Clean finish. A nice warmer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lawger (110) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2014
Vintage 2014. Pours a dark mahogany brown with an off-white, small head. Big aroma, loads of dried fruits, dark caramel, semi-dark chocolate, old wood and a hint of spices. Palate is quite full bodied, rather sweet, again with loads of dried fruits, some roasted malts and a medicinal hint. The finish lingers for a good minute. The bitterness is quite low in this one and not a whole lot of alcohol heat. Iíve put two of these in my little "cellar", better go and get some more to put down for a few years. This is great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (108) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
12 oz 2012 vintage. Sweet toffee and caramel on the nose. Almost no head, dark velvety beer. A sweet beer with hints of raisin and brown sugar. Quite a tasty beer if you like the strong sweet Belgian style, though I think it has nothing much at all in common with a stout (in contrast to the commercial descriptionsí claim).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Vintage 2006 bottle (11.6%) pours thick hazy amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, butterscotch, malts, and raisins. Smooth palate consisting of sweet malts, caramel, and bourbon/scotch. Great easy to drink barley wine character.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2003 vintage. Deep amber with thin beige head, sweet honeyed aroma with some cooked veggies. Flavor rather ordinary some caramel and almonds with a hot finish. Average to just below average barley wine (IMHO)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
*did not mind, would not buy this year* smell: spiced rum! sweet malts, caramel. app: ruby garnet lovely magic! flavor: nice sweet, yummy, but a bit harsh, some chemical in the booze flavor. this is more enjoyable than drinking a rum and a bit more smooth. and full. but it is on par with strength of a rum. like most booze the more you sip the less it hurts and the flavor starts to poke out. this year all n all is a bit harsh for me, i wish it was listed as a different beer.. oh well. palate: fine, it lacks luxury. OA: great beer usually, needs lots of age.. which is annoying. this year is not my favorite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Vintage 2000 - Deep ruby, almost brown in color with a solid cream head which leaves a thin Brussels lace. Intense aromas of caramel, dark fruit and sherry. Very port-like in flavor with a rich sweet malty taste and a well rounded bitterness. An extremely soft and rounded palate. The alcohol is cloaked very well but shows some presence in the finish. Intense.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Poured dark reddish-brown. Very hoppy aroma with undercurrents of sweet spices and malt. Tastes great. Hops and a huge dose of barley and spices (I agree that thereís licorice in there). Very nice, big beer.


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