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RATINGS: 1879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (11002) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2007
12 oz bottle-pours a tan head and amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/boozy-rum/scotch, woody. Taste is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/quite boozy-rum/scotch, woody/spicy hops. OK carbonation. Kind of an English Strong Ale. Sipping. Not my taste and on the fringe for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Old Stock
Date: February 04, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Cellar Stock
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: opaque brown, scant head
Aroma: rich fruit aroma hits you nose before you finish getting the top off, but once you do you’re treated to a rich ripe plum and raison aroma
Flavor: all malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit, dates and raisons, a perfect touch of sweetness, no bitterness but well balanced

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Vintage: 2001
Words: vertical
Aroma: rich fruity malt aroma
Flavor: lots of rich fruity flavor
Overall: warming, smooth

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 08, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2001
thining out a bit, still very rich fruity caramel character, very tasty but may be close to the extent of the age,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: December 08, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: opaque dark amber
Aroma: sweet ripe plum aroma with light floral hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, lots of alcohol but not too estery, the malt flavor takes on lots of complex ripe fruit essence after it warms and the alcohol fades

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Vintage: 2002
Words: vertical
hot malt flavor with some nice ripe fruit, a touch of bitterness,

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2002
still some sweet hot caramel but the alcohol is almost faded with just a peppery character remaining, sweet dark caramel and rich ripe fruit rule the show with the alcohol only a minor distracton,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, vertical
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: muddy brown, headless
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a hint of fruit
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: November 06, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma
Flavor: flavor is really drying out and letting the earthyness come out, just a touch of fruit, long bitter finish, alcohol still hanging around
Overall: not getting any better

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Words: vertical
Appearance: crystal clear amber, scant head
Aroma: light malt aroma
Flavor: hot malt flavor, touch of fruity character that grows richer

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 08, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2004
Aroma: sweet rum raison aroma
Flavor: hot caramel flavor with a good fruity character
Overall: still needs more time for the alcohol to blend

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Harry’s
Vintage: 2005
Words: vertical
Appearance: crystal clear, headless
Flavor: rich malt flavor, sweet malt flavor, light alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: June 09, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: dark clear blood red, whispy fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great ripe plum character, light sweetness, long bitter finish, hot alcohol builds up after a while

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: July 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2006
rich sweet dark fruit aroma and flavor, lots of sweet figs and dates, plenty of alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: August 06, 2006
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: clear dark blood red, whispy beige head that quickly disapates after a short rouse
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: hot sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character that needs time to develop

Name: Old Stock
Date: January 06, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.3
Appearance: slightly hazy dark ruby red, frothy beige head
Aroma: rich dry caramel malt aroma with light fusel alcohols
Flavor: flavor has lots of hop bitterness well balanced with rich caramel malts and a touch of fruity character, a bit alcoholic

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: April 15, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of alcohol, lots of fruity character, a small amount of earthly bitterness adds some balance but does not detract from the malt character
Overall: starts off very nice young, should age very well

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 13, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.8
Appearance: hazy dark amber with a ruby hue, fine off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a nice fruity character balanced by light earthy hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor enhanced by dark caramel sweetness, good earthy balance lets the fruityness shine

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: June 26, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: light sweet fruity aroma with a lot of earthyness drying it out
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor, lots of fruity character, ripe plums, light earthy balance, touch of alcohol heats up the caramel to make a hot caramel character, light bitter finish
Overall: this one needs age more than the last couple of years

Name: Old Stock
Date: December 12, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: rich fruity aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, very fruity

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: July 10, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, big beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate and caramel flavor, brown sugar sweetness, touch of fruityness emerges from the rich sweet caramel

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: August 22, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark caramel, light earthyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, caramel candy sweetness, dark fruits, hint of chocolate
Overall: this year seams perfect from the start

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
Hazy dark red with a small but lasting head in a quite unusual orange tan colour. All the right barleywine aroma notes, dates and figs, bready malt, port and some berries. Sweet and malt heavy flavour, and very vineous, full body and warming alcohol. Classic all the way.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2005]
Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a small fizzy beige head that quickly disappears. Aroma is great, with port, raisins, overripe plums, light hops and a touch of chocolate. Seems quite vinious. Strong oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Flavour is very rounded, lots of dark cloying sweetness with Belgian sugars, raisins, plums and light chocolate appearing. Vinious, yes, but not as powerful as the aroma suggests. Very mellow, great for sipping (watchign Fulham-Chelsea right now, 1-0). A very wonderful BW, I think Kolding Vinhandel has another 2005 bottle - I should buy that!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
rating # 1000 bottle from ølbutikken. vintage 2004, tasted jan.2009. poured a cloudy brown with almost no head. aroma of aged beer, port wine, alc. flavor is strong. malty, figs, dark fruits, alc. flavors are nicely blended together. not my kind of beer, but i’ve got to appreciate the complexity and wellroundedness. I will get my hands on a 2008 vintage and try again, adjust my score if i like the not-so-aged version better. My main complaint is the aroma, too much old beer and old booze in that aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
Clear brown with medium off white head. Vinious aroma with plums, prunes and dates. Sweet flavor overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate and port notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep reddish amber color. Little head. Something of a cooked raisin aroma. And malt. A dark malt (not chocolate) flavor. Perhaps a bit plummy. There is sugar. Not so much as Lagunitas Brown Shugga, but more sweet than bitter. However, the hops are there, and they come out in the finish. It makes a strong statement. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a few minutes. Definitely not a session ale. Do not drink this and drive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours mahogny red colour. Sweet caramel, roasty, dark fruit, alcoholic aroma. Very sweet, caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, smokish with liquorice, spiced flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle 2002. Pours a hazy brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that diminished quickly. Good dark fruit and malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex flavor of toffee, fruit and malt with a long finish with a small alcohol bite. Very good brew.


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