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RATINGS: 1973   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%


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Slightly sour, crisp and bitter. Rich mouth feel, smooth drinking. Nutty with a detectable alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
2004 Bottle. Pours a mahogony color, tiny white head, a bit hazy, and no lacing on my glass. Aroma is sweet, consisting of honey, caramel, maltiness, some fruitiness like plums, complex though a bit tame. Flavor has a typical one of a barley wine, sweet and malty, a clean ethanol taste, and a hint of hop bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, though the alcohol taste coats my mouth and leaves a pleasant sensation. Not nearly as impressive as the Old Rasputin. This disappointed me a bit for a barley wine, I was hoping for more given the other North Coast beers that Iíve had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours a brilliant ruby red color with no head to speak of. Aroma is of dark cherries, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is phenomenal!!!! Delicious notes of caramel, vanilla, cherries, and alcohol heat. The palate is so smooth with great carbonation. And absolute must have!! Cheers

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
From the brewery that bings you Old Rasputin, here is another example of excellence in brewing. The taste is very complex, hops, fuit, coffee. A full flavoured barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (98) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
2014 vintage. Pours copper with no head. Aroma: caramel, figs, malty sweetness and plum. Taste: subtle caramel with dark fruits. Very balanced, an English style Barley Wine. Alcohol incredibly well hidden (no way it has over 11% ABV!). Interesting, but it will definitely get more complex after 1+ years. Need to get another bottle!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2007
2007 Bottle. Pours a dark amber/red body with a one finger thick head with lots of bubbles in it that fades fast to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is huge of dark sweet dried fruits and some vanilla. Some hoppiness to cant say what cind though. Flavor has BIG notes of sweet dried fruits and caramell malts. Some warming and nice alcohol to. Little vanilla and hops. Palate is very varming. It varms my tummy like a bourbon and even domes my tounge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2006 Vintage. Pours a dark brown/caramel with a thin swirly head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. the aroma is extremely rich and appealing. Hints of raisins, caramel and barley. The taste is very grape-like and indeed reminds me of a port wine or a sherry. Definitely packs a whallop at 13.25 ABV but that alcohol content is hidden very well by the complex aromas and flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Ages great! Had off tap and bottle. Aged bottles come out very thick and malty, almost syrup-like. Off tap it seem smoother and less malty. Pours dark. Make sure not to drink this one too cold or any barley wines for that matter. Complex flavors and high quality make this a great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2008 vintage. Pours to a dark carmel color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Nose is alcohol, malt, carmel, fig and brown sugar. The taste is as complex as itís nose. With very little hop bitterness, this one is very smooth and warm. Itís sweetness is well balanced by itís enormous malt, dried fruit and alcohol taste. Iíve got a bottle of the 2007 being cellared right now, and Iím curious to taste the difference. North Coast never fails to impress me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Bottle to snifter. 2005 bottle. Pours out a deep reddish brown with a nice thick head and lots of in glass activity. Scent is malty and spicy with light cinnamon and alcohol notes. Taste is initially very malty and sweet with elements of nutmeg mixing iwth alcohol. The finish is relatively flat with an almost soda pop with alcohol backdrop on the palate. Lots of elements that marry well- overall a strong flavorful barleywine.


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