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RATINGS: 1937   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2010 vintage. This beer appeared a gorgeous deep, dark maroon/brown, but had the most fizzy, soda-pop like head I have seen in a long time - that just didn’t do it for me. Smells of raisin, sweet wheat and dark fruit, specifically dates. The taste follows, with a nice raisin sweet start, a malty dark fruit/date middle, and some booze heat to finish. The heat is well done, with just enough to get the job done. I also got a hint of vanilla near the end which was quite pleasant; it wasn’t much, but it was there. Mouthfeel is good, with the carbonation helping to bring out the vanilla in particular. Syrupy coating after a swallow nice as well, to go with the sticky texture. Drinkability is pretty good for an 11% abv beer, but the tastes can become a jumble after a bit. One single of this guy is the right amount.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2010
from notes....08 batch on tap at gman fort worth. pours a plumish brown smell is strawberries and plums and oak. taste is of white grape juice and hidden alcohol very intrestin to say the least

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2008
12 oz. bottle 2008. Pours a reddish-brown with an average, fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, a tiny bit hoppy, and a little plum. Flavor is sweet with a bit of a bitter finish. It is very warming on the palate with light alcoholic finish. Warms very well, first barley wine. Good experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Crazy interesting, but probably does need to age a bit for the flavors to mellow. Pours reddish brown with thin head, really no lacing. Aroma is cinnamon raisin bread with a tinge of alcohol. Full-bodied, coats the mouth with caramel/molasses flavors. Intense malt, maybe a touch of spice and again a bit of alcohol once it warms. I enjoyed it, but am interested to see what it does with time.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
2007 vintage. Poured with a small, slightly off white head. Little hop aroma. Some carmel and toffee notes in the aroma. Lot’s of raisin flavor and big upfront bitterness. Strong Alcohol. This one should age well. Definitely need to lay this one down for a year or two.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2010
I just don´t get it. 2010 bottle. Pours brown-amber with big tan foam. Aroma is earthy, caramel, chocolate, eggy and alcohol. Taste is quite high sweetness, dark fruit, butterscotch and alcohol. Body isn´t as full as one could expect. Or is it just the alcohol that comes threw and makes it feel thiner. Palate is sticky and have some slickness to it if you get pass the alcoholic finish that overpowers any hoppiness. Soft carbonation. OVERALL: Too alcoholic tasting, the alcohol totally dominates the flavorprofile in this Barley Wine. And I´m not one to shy away from high alcohol beers but it should be masked by, first malt or even hops. And any low flavor of alcohol should only add to other flavors. This might be a beer for strickly cellering but how much better can it get when it´s crap somewhat fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeroverthere (81) - USA - MAR 1, 2012
Color: Dark Amber Aroma:Alcohol sweetness, plums Body:Caramel malt, bready and a hint of bitter hops Finish:Slightly dry and warming alchol feeling Over-all/Mouth-feel:Rich medium, over all a big beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
e303 (81) - - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle to snifter. 2014 bottle. Aged three years. Pour is copper with a tiny head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, a bit bready. Taste follows through but adds an alcohol burn. Finish is smooth. Good shit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2008
2007 - Great brown pour, with lots of caramel and smoke in the nose. some licorice? maybe. Sweet to start, full bodied, clean finish. A feel of a thick grape juice, quite carbonated on the tongue. Complex for sure, is that chocolate? Yes it is. Was that caramel? Yes it was. What fruit was that? I don’t know but I sure did like it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2006
2005 vintage. The aroma on this beer sold me on it’s merits before it even got 1/2 way to my mouth. Strong and warm, with very low phenolics for a beer this young. Good carbonation as well that brings the hop bittering and aroma out as it bubbles. I am going to try this vintage again in a year or two to see how it goes.


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