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RATINGS: 1991   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%


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillunken (35) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
Flaska från 2012 från systembolaget. Underbar doft av dadlar, fikon och russin. Liknande smak med lite värmande alkohol i bakgrunden. Mycket god!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Amco (34) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
The aroma is of a roasted nut. Light caramel coloring when placed under the light. Has a sweet taste with a medium body. An almost creamy texture, you can tell this beer has 11.7% abv, this coming from the 2010 batch. Nice beer overall.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2012 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a nonic glass. It pours a dark red with minimal tan lacing. The first sniff gives carmel, oak, and some toasted malts. The flavor brings out heavy, fruity hops, balanced by the smoky malts. I tried this beer when it was released about a year ago and they aren't kidding about it aging well. Initially it was a pruny, boozy and overly sweet beer, but a year of storage has enhanced some smokey flavors and made it a well balanced and enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Doesn’t fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
glenD (31) - - DEC 11, 2012
2012 Vintage in a bottle. I’m an ale kind of guy. This ale is just wrong. It pours a very cloudy dark caramel color. The taste is mostly alcohol with a mild bread aftertaste. It’s a beefy 11.7% and it aint playing. My only afterthought is at least it doesn’t taste like a barley wine. It’ll get you drunk but there are better high percentage ales out there. North Coast has become on of my favorite breweries, but they missed the mark on this one. Maybe I got a bad batch...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NotWthoutStout (31) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2007
2006 Vintage from a bottle - Just finished my last bottle of this. Normally I reserve this for holidays & special occasions as this is a special beer. Tempted to simply write "Wow" and nothing more but this beer was crafted with care and so should it’s review be. Simply put this is a tremendous beer that brings meaning to the words Craft Brewed. Intense to say the least with a complexity that makes you involve yourself in every sip. There are hints of caramel, taffy, vanilla sweet fruits and a nice alchohol warming. Reminds me of the Cognac my father loved so much. Drink this beer almost warm, sip it slowly and appreciate every mouthful as it was brewed by a master, who was proud of what he made.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2002
This is my second barley wine and I am most impressed. Pours brownish red with little head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with light alcohol in the background. Sweet and malty flavor, a little fruity. I can detect alcohol, but it is not obvious. There is moderate to low hoppiness. It leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. I find myself liking the beer more and more as I finish the glass (the alcohol speaking maybe).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2006 edition. A whopping 13.25%, which made the Aventinus Eisbock I drank earlier seem like a wussy beer. (Side note: We came up with the idea of a Bavarian Car Bomb which is a shot of Stroh 80 dropped into an Aventinus Eisbock and chugged. No one’s ever had the sac to try it but if anyone out there is brave enough and actually lives through the experience, please let me know.) Figgy, pruney, anisey. Sweet just past the point of cloying. Definitely needs to be laid down for at least a year or two. Ideally this beer would be served in an EKU 28 snifter as a nightcap when young. Oh, and the labeling is slightly altered with a more yellowed background this year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
what a delight many differnt flavors in this one. and the aroma is to die for

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
festyzizzle (30) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Got this from Bierkraft. 2004 bottle. Aroma of bread, cereal, toast, and dough. An amber, cloudy body full of particles. tan foamy head. Amazing flavor. Very heavy and rich beer. Sip this one slowly.


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