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RATINGS: 1908   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Vintage 2003. Beautiful dark cranberry color; took it outside to look at it under the sunlight. White head with lace. Aromas of blackberry, raisins, caramel, and whiskey. Huge mouthfilling flavor of roasted malt, slightly sweet and bitter. Incredibly long finish of roasted malt and scotch. Fantasic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angolajones (17) - Angola, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Heavy alcohol taste. My first sip, I told my wife I really liked this beer. My last sip I wasn’t having the same reaction. The alcohol is definately present. It is a complex beer. I had the 2005 edition. I will try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xCENOTAPHx (17) - Grandview, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2004 vintage. Dark ruby color. Tan head with lasting carbonation. Aroma is sweet and sticky like pomegranates. Flavor is spicy sweet chocolate with intense alcohol warmth. Good beer, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
The high alcohol content is very evident with this beer. very little was done to incorporate other subtle tastes with the alcohol. It is very in your face and not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blaheath (16) - Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2009
08 Vintage Dark amber in color, light carbonation with aromas of dark roasted/nutty malt, plums, raisins, and earth. Taste is med/full bodied, oily/syrupy, mineral, wood, apple, raisins, dates, burnt sugar, maple, slight oxidation, toffee, and a long, sweet finish. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dicemanstl (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Very dark amber pour, almost no head. Fruity nose, great sweet barleywine taste. Not too boozy tasting, especially for the abv. Light mouthfeel, dark fruit on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
I would expect more hops from a California beer, such those that are blasted at you in Big Foot Barleywine-Style ale from Sierra Nevada, but I can forgive North Coast for this because they already brew some wonderfully hoppy beers. This beer could also use some more yeast flavors -- some additional esters could make this beer more interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lspagnola (16) - - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle at Vito’s. This made me rethink my stance on barley wines. Very complex. Opened up nicely after warming in the glass. I hope the 2013 is as good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BadRed (15) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2012
A bottle from systembolaget. Dark red color, fruity aroma, very rich awesome taste with cherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerIndustry98 (15) - , California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Poured out and settled with a deep dark amber brown color and a flat head. Aromas toasted malt and sweet syrup become present however the taste differs. There are sweet banana and roasted malt notes that are subdued from the overwhelming alcohol presence. Has an Imperial IPA or barley wine quality with a very thick body, sticky mouth feel and a toasted finish. Although it has a slightly unpleasant medicinal taste as well between the first sip and finish. I’d prefer North Coast’s “Old Rasputin” over this one.

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