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RATINGS: 2013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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%

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Doesnít fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.

   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 itís 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.

   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. Iím 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. Itís a beefy 11.7% and it aint playing. My only afterthought is at least it doesnít taste like a barley wine. Itíll 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...

   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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2008
I wasn’t aware of the high (12.5) of this beer until the first drink. It has a good body and a great flavor. A slight alcohol burn, less than I would expect fot the high level.

   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 oneís 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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
picked up a 4pk. of the new í06 old stock and was pleased with the new packaging colors. the nice warm sunflower/british kakai catches the eye. second item of note- this year the abv weighs in at a nigh staggering 13.25 %. was this perhaps once a part of the avery demons of ale series? so, here we go. poured it into a nice, frosty, straight from the freezer mug...and if you are still taking me seriuosly than congratulations, you have exposed yourself as a beer geek fraud. goblet-style all the way on this tasty mothaí. so, rich, malty, deep aroma, capped with slight licorice character. body was a wonderful deep tawny hue with very slight creeping effervecense. flavours of obvious malt sweetness, deep pit fruits, vanilla dancing on the perimeter, finishing smoothly and with wisps of molasses. mmm. what i think is the stand-out quality of this offering is the incredible balance- the alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of near aninimity for such a strong beer while the rest of the experience flows with the grace of a ballet dancer (like one of those human greyhounds would ever disrespect their underdeveloped frames with something this decadent). cheers again to the masters at north coast.

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