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RATINGS: 2093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
On tap at Winterfest. Very sweet caramel flavor. Some booziness, but still very easy drinking with a slightly spicy finish. Old ale is really becoming a favorite style of mine. Sorry for the vague review, but I was very busy that day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Wonderful. Lovely deep amber color with a nice creamy tightly bubbled tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice - mildly of burnt sugar and a little roastiness. Rasputin lurking below the surface, but kept at bay. Taste is deep and rich. Smell is pretty malty, but taste is more balanced. Slightly drying, hop finish. Can taste that gravity a bit. Totally digging this brew - should be a staple in everyone's cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
2006 vintage. The four pack has been growing on me. At first it did not compute as a Barley Wine but since tasting a Raison D Extra and an Avery The Beast it does rate well in the category of "sweet fortified strong ales." If youíre looking for something sweet, strong and mellow, this ranks high. If youíre looking for a classic Barley Wine, look elsewhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2008
07 - Beautiful deep, coppery-amber color. Sweet aroma, extremely complex, malty palate. Somewhat-yeasty in the finish, covering the significant alcohol taste - one of the best beerís Iíve tasted that has been made in the US.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2009
Dark copper, moderate tan head with little retention and no lacing. Aroma is heavy in yeast and caramel, flavour has tree fruit and bread, some caramel, not particularly complex though it hides its alcohol to some extent. Moderately creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2009
bottle of 2008,red color..easy to drink..barley flavour throughout...Mild flavour..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2007 vintage. Strong and smooth. Pours dark amber, small persistent white head. Dark fruit in the nose and on the palate. Just a touch of hops to round it out. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
(Bottle - 2004) Pours golden/orange, with white, quickly dissapearing, head. Notes of VERY sweet malts, and bitter liquorice dominates. This is a beast of a beer, and it demands a lot from the drinker. Itís massive sweetness took my breath away. Magnificent beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle, 2008 vintage. I was trying to hold off, but I decided it was time to break one of these open. The color is a sort of dark copper, there is basically no head, but the few bubbles present were off-white. Aromas are pretty sweet, lots of barley and some malt. Flavor is overall sweet, but finishes with a really nice sweet/bitter balance. The bitters in this beer are surprisingly smooth. ABV is hidden pretty well, very smooth drinking beer for something with this power. I loved this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
12oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Deep amber, thin fine bubbled head, slight spotty lacing. Smells fantastic, fruity with light esters, caramel/toffee, bread pudding. First sip unfolds in perfect form, rich but not cloying malt body flows over the tongue with authority, fading to a tingling hop profile with nuances of root beer and spice cake, alcohol slowly wafts out the nostrils. Has some characteristics that you might consider belgian. The best barley wine I have had yet, truly delicious, I will buy more more more.

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