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RATINGS: 2013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2006
A very good, very well-rounded brew! Poured a cloudy ruddy orangish color with just a wisp of white head across the top. Nose of fermented sweet fruits, nuts and caramel. Wine-like and sweet that could become over powering were it mot for the balancing bitter that rounds the drink out nicely. Hints of warm alcohol in the finish. Very good. May get another and let it age a year or two to see how it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2002 vintage. Cloudy reddish brown in color with very thin head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of toffee and just a slight mustiness. Rich and malty with lots of alcohol. Sharp bitterness that gives a radish-like flavor (thatís a first, never had that before!) just a little bit of roastiness in the finish. Alcohol the predominant flavor, and also thins the body. The radish thing is just weird though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2009... I feel that this beer is actually ready now. I felt it was mellow and not hot on the end at all Smells of malt, sugar, plums, oak, vanilla and carmel. Pours a reddish brown with some head. Fantastic balance and carbonation with a very smooth and pleasant finish. Flavor was intense but mellow at the same time. Some stone fruit tone, plum and raisin, brown sugar some oak and vanilla going on here.. Nice Brew.. I had 2008 and 2007 but never rated them...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Very cloudy coffee color. Maple syrup, basement aromas, apple and toffee. Great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2011 bottle poured in a snifter: Aroma initally yeast, but as warms a bit becomes nice brown sugar. Yet its not sweet to taste, well balanced and Much more carbonation than you would expect from such a big beer. Found the 2011 a little sharp yet, but bought more to cellar and expect it will grow much better over the years. Nice barley wine here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12oz bottle. Itís got a good warming feel. Flavors of dark fruit and chocolate malt. Everything this brewery puts out is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Clear reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Tasted complex with sweet fruits and caramels. Finished with a lasting alcohol and malt feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a chestnut-mahogany color that is very reminiscent of a hardwood floor. Darker on one end than the other, with a nice fluffy eggshell colored 1/4" head that does NOT fade at all. DAMN that is some serious sticking! Smells of sweet maple and caramel malt with huge sherry overtones and some nice fig aromas popping out now and again. Some very mild sherry aromas in the mix as well. Some nice caramel and sherry flavors with a nice bittersweet apple in the flavor from the hops. A semi hot burn in the finish with tiny undertones of figs, nuts and maple [syrup]. Nice carbonation with a very nice mouthfeel. Deceivingly light compared to prior versions [IMHO]. This beer is very drinkable and surprisingly smooth. Just don’t plan on going anywhere. This one packs a huge punch. Thank you North Coast!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Deep cherry/raisins/malt, full aroma. Dark mahogany red color with full tan head and lasting lacing. Flavor is complex and strong! Definite alcohol presence and lots of malt. Full rich mouth feel that is very satisfying. A very warm silky flow across the palate. If you get a chance to try this beer, and I highly recommend that you do, especially if you like a good barley wine, you will not be disappointed...First Rate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
Excellent Ale. Very high alcohol content so it leaves you feeling very warm inside. Smells like caramel, malts and butterscotch. I really enjoyed this selection of Barleywine. Will age quite nicely.

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