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RATINGS: 1940   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%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SabreSkull (55) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Clear ruby copper pour, lacing head. Cream and vanilla malt aroma and flavor. Strong ale with cinnamon, caramel and maple. Hot alcohol and a strong boozy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Thin head but amazing aroma like someone baking a pie - but itís beer! the color is cloudy caramel amber. Mouth feel is not as full as you might expect from an 11.7 ABV, but you really donít taste the alcohol. It tastes alot like a dubbel. You get that belgian wiff in the aroma and after taste bitter. You get alot of caramel malt balanced with a grassy dry bitter. Itís a unique Barley wine and itís very good. I like it better than the Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fungrim (52) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle, 2010. Dark, clear red color with small head. Lovely look to this one! Caramel sweetness and bready malt in the nose. Some dried fruit and wooden touch as well. The taste is well balanced sweet malt with hints of vanilla, some raisins, plums and distant rumbling bitterness. Medium and oily body with light carbonation. Light bitterness in a long finish. A cracker beer for cold nights in front of a fire. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 24, 2012
Aroma: Interesting, you can definitly smell the grapes, cherries and even a sort of cognac smell (barrell?), but there is also a bit of a metallic smell, could just be my glass though, but Iíve never smelled it before. Appearance: A brownish/red color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but laces nicely on the glass. Taste: Granted Iím particularly biased towards Barley Wines, they are my favorites, but this seems delicious. Itís like Iím drinking decadence, cherries, grapes, other fruit, sugar, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. Excellent flavor. Palate: Smooth, with almost no carbonation but a nice silky feeling going down. Overall: Again, Iím particularly biased towards barley wine, but this is really good, highly recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericwill99 (52) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
I'm celebrating tonight with with this fine Old Stock. It very possibly will taste better in a few years, but I'm enjoying this rich and malty beer tonight. I might like a little more hops to balance with the malt, but that might be the next beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
2005. Pours a deep red brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly, little to no lacing remaining. Smells sweet. Tastes slightly hoppy, with definite alcohol present. Not a regular in my book, but no barleywine is...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2005 vintage. I enjoyed this one for almost an hour. A beautiful color to this one with no foam on top. A malty aroma with tons of other sweetnesses and dried fruits. Finishes dry with some slight bitterness to it. As it warms, it is less heavy. Highly Enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Vintage 2004 bottle. Smells SEXY! Fig, brandy, malt, alcohol, honey, Pine and something halfway between almond and hazelnut. Deep amber hue, with almost 0 head except a perfect ring that clings tenaciously to the glass. The taste is exactly the ame as the smell and that is a wonderful thing. It made my cigarette afterward taste better. Full bodied and warm and creamy and happy and satisfying! I really needed all of those "ands". Itís that good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2003
My tastebuds are well surprised this time. This is top-quality beer and it comes from the States. The creamy foam head which appeared instantly when pouring out is from a very rare one and stayed longer than I would expect from an American beer. Nipping the beer shocked me in the way that I was just drinking some kind of siropy liquid. Such a dense mouthfeeling. Incredible. This is cough-sirup and a real treat. First thing I noticed when I taste was a kind of liquorice taste. Sweet malty, alkoholic (11.5%!!!), a total lack of carbonation which was really not a shame, nice balanced hops and before I noticed my glass was already empty leaving some kind of dark sirupy film in the glass. I already had the marvelous Old rasputin Imperial Stout from the same brewery, but Jezus, this is pure magic !!!!!!! Cheers,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2003 - Perhaps I had a bad Bottle, but this beer reaked and tasted of Alcohol. The color was a cherry red. A slight hoppy taste. But, everything was overpowered by the alcohol.

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