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RATINGS: 2119   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
I had the 750 - tsunami relief bottle. Pretty stoked to drink this, I have been getting into bigger more barleywine type brews lately. Overall I wasnít blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I canít quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I canít explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
2008 Vintage Pours a dark brown color with virtually no head. It has a scent of malts and some oak, with some alcohol present as well. The initial flavor rapidly progresses from a quick hoppy bite to sweet malts to a somewhat oaken, alcoholic finish. This is a great, top class barley wine, not over the top hoppy like some I have had. The only thing that prevented me from rating this higher was the fact that I could sense the alcohol as much as I did. I am laying down the rest of my 4 pack to age for a while, hopefully it will mellow out and be even better!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2007
12oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of plums, cherries, and alcohol with a hint of caramel. Flavor is of plums, apples, cherries and sugar with a slight spicey finish. Mouthfeel is very thin and light. Pretty good stuff.

   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.

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