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RATINGS: 1924   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%


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesnít quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 17, 2012
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm reminds me of Thomas Hardyís ale. Beautiful malt profile hides the high alcohol content

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LagunaBeerMan (10) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Not your typical beer. First off I just wanna say this is such an awesome beer just because of how different it is. Itís put in scotch wood barrels and it really tastes like your sipping a nice scotch Iím surprised by the reviews I read that nobody has mentioned that yet. I poured a 2012 unaged 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Itís very dark amber, small head. Complex and strong. Tastes of raisin, plums, toast, wood and alcohol. Made for aging, can only imagine how it would taste after a few years. Great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
2013 bottle. recommended by clerk. A little pricey. chilled lightly and wow ! so full of flavour. worth the price. alcohol is well hidden. lots of dried fruit. my first barley wine. will keep a few in cellar to age. North Coast rocks !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baumanj (9) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
2012. So so so sweet. Dessert beer. Amazingly sweet. Stilton or some smelly strong cheese - appetizer beer. Strong alcoholic sweetness with a complex barleywine aroma - light raisin and some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008 does not count
07 bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish orange. No head. Aroma and flavor both show ripe fruit, hazelnut and vanilla. Also a generous alcohol warmth. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness so its not overly sweet on the palate, The alcohol lingers through the swallow. Complex and strong. In general, not my type of beer, but impressive how they maintain the sweetness but not allowing it to be cloying.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lanceballance (7) - USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
Excellent Aroma. Smells like dough and caramel. Slight hint of alcohol on the finish. Very warming.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
Pours with a nice reddish color, with a tan head. The aroma is great. I can't pinpoint what it is, but if it was food I would definately eat it. Flavor is strong and unique. It has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alumbis (7) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
Sweet aroma and dark brown to amber color. Drinks smooth with a little sweetness and a fruity flavor. Not easy to tell this is an 11.6% ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tpalm (7) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2011 does not count
Delicious taste considering alcohol content. Minimal head. Carmel raisin taste.


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