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RATINGS: 1902   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomW (35) - USA - MAY 24, 2003
More of a barley wine than an ale. Strong alcohol taste but not bad over-all. Nice dark color.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
2006 bottle out of a Brooklyn glass. Dark amber clear color with a short lived head. Smell: sweet fruits, bread, caramelized sugar. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, fruits, with a spicy/alcoholic mouthfeel. Iíd like to try an older bottle of this in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2005 bottle. Poured a dark red. This was a tongue slapper. Very strong but I love it with its bourbon taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2010
smells of fresh molasses with looks like watered down coke. Lacks lacing but the palate is good. Nice balance. Taste is amazing. Alcohol is warming. Wonderful finish of dessert like candy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Amco (34) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
The aroma is of a roasted nut. Light caramel coloring when placed under the light. Has a sweet taste with a medium body. An almost creamy texture, you can tell this beer has 11.7% abv, this coming from the 2010 batch. Nice beer overall.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2012 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a nonic glass. It pours a dark red with minimal tan lacing. The first sniff gives carmel, oak, and some toasted malts. The flavor brings out heavy, fruity hops, balanced by the smoky malts. I tried this beer when it was released about a year ago and they aren't kidding about it aging well. Initially it was a pruny, boozy and overly sweet beer, but a year of storage has enhanced some smokey flavors and made it a well balanced and enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Doesnít fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2006 edition. A whopping 13.25%, which made the Aventinus Eisbock I drank earlier seem like a wussy beer. (Side note: We came up with the idea of a Bavarian Car Bomb which is a shot of Stroh 80 dropped into an Aventinus Eisbock and chugged. No oneís ever had the sac to try it but if anyone out there is brave enough and actually lives through the experience, please let me know.) Figgy, pruney, anisey. Sweet just past the point of cloying. Definitely needs to be laid down for at least a year or two. Ideally this beer would be served in an EKU 28 snifter as a nightcap when young. Oh, and the labeling is slightly altered with a more yellowed background this year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
what a delight many differnt flavors in this one. and the aroma is to die for

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2002
This is my second barley wine and I am most impressed. Pours brownish red with little head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with light alcohol in the background. Sweet and malty flavor, a little fruity. I can detect alcohol, but it is not obvious. There is moderate to low hoppiness. It leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. I find myself liking the beer more and more as I finish the glass (the alcohol speaking maybe).


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