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RATINGS: 1974   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9132) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
2003 vintage. A reddish brown ale after fizzing from a high quality Belgian-like pour. Some cognac and barleyiwne aroma. Fine carbonation on the tongue. Immediate tummy warming from the alcohol. Barley wine and malt tastes, with Eno epsom salt. Numbing aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
330 mL. Pours a deep, beautiful red with a modest tan head that settles down to a thin film. Nose is very musty with some dark fruits, candied figs, vanilla extract, caramel, and sherry. Taste is more woody than expected with some caramel, vanilla, figs, and floral hops. Slight alcohol burn going down. A solid barleywine- would be nice to age this to get that initial alcohol burn a little mellowed out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8926) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2014
2010 vintage Leicht trŁbes orangebraune Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch nach sehr reifem DŲrrobst, holzig, alkoholisch, Vanille. Geschmack mild holzig, Vanille, reifes Obst, leicht brennend alkoholisch, viel Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 2005 Bottle: Not much different about the 2005 batch, sampled in July 2006. Same notes/scores.

2004 Bottle: This yearís is every bit as good as the last one I had. Deep brownish-red color with a very thin beige head. Very thin lacing too. Rich aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with hearty malt, caramel and nut flavors. Roasty character with the alcohol peeking through periodically. The finish is long and sweet, with a nice hops bite. Another winner!

2002 Bottle: Pours a dark brown color but held light throughout the glass. Thick and foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol, with lesser portions of hops and fruit. Rich bodied and it tasted somewhere between a Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. Excellent blend of malt, vanilla, alcohol and caramel. Finish is all malt and tart fruit. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 2012 Tap at Brewery. Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The nose is awesome. Fresh clean bready malt, stewed fruit and a soft spicy/earthy hop finish. This is an amazing product. Bright and fruity and awesome. Even young, this beer is amazing. 2006 from a 12 oz bottle. Very deep dark garnet with a fine laced yellowish head. Sweet malty aroma, plums/dates and raisins with a sweet orangey hop note as well. Brown sugar, molasses and toast. Immensely sweet aroma but also with a tropical fruity character ove the back. Flavour is sweet but also remarkably balanced for such a young and strong barley wine. Malts with plum and other dried fruit, a bit of leather and earthiness as well as some prominent licorice flavour. Toast and burnt sugar flavour. Fruity hops, strong bitterness and alcohol but itís not out of control. Warming softens it even more bringing some soft toffee/caramel forward amongst the fruity, sweet hops. Tap @ Blind Tiger. Deep burgundy-red colour with a thin white head. Very sweet sugary, malty aroma. Brown sugar, molasses, licorice, cherry. Very vineous with a touch of acetic character. Flavour is also very malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of ethanolic pepper. Treacly body becomes cloying. A bit of peaty character. Good, but too young. 7/4/7/4/14 2004 bottle Hazy, cloudy dark brown beer with purplish highlights and no head to speak of. The aroma is very plummy with lots of dried raisins, rye-like spiciness and some toastiness. Soft alcoholic flavour helps dry out the sweet plummy maltiness that abounds in this brew. Fairly spicy/resiny aroma and flavour. Loads of fruitiness as well. The beer is still very sweet even with two years on it, but it is also still very good. 8 3 7 4 14

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8705) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in LinkŲping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (TromsÝ, 07.07.2010).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle 355ml vintage 2009 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours murky brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2002: Dark burgundy appearance. Big frothy brown head. Robust aroma of plums, cedar, red grapes, and mandarin oranges. Extremely thick and syrupy, hard to swallow itís so damn thick. Amazingly complex. Combined flavors of port, honey and brown sugar under a big hoppy plum profile. Even being somewhat new and unaged I thought it was wonderful. Having a 2 year aged bottle of the 2002 presents a more syrupy, stuffy and thick barley wine that, when compared side-by-side with Bigfoot (1 year aged) and Batch 6000 (1 year aged) it comes up in third and last place.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (8330) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage. It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well. The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isnít the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying. Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol. I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on itís face in comparison. Serving type: bottle

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 (2-year-old, 2000 bottle)...Luminous burgundy curtains of caramel waltz the northern hemisphere as plum and date satellites slowly trace their way through...A creamy treacley powerflux transmogrifies the lower end to rich hop sheets and sweet, crunchy biscuits...A true beauty of an aurora beerealis, courtesy of hopsrus...4.5/5...

(2-year-old, 2001 bottle)...Dusty date clarity in alcoholic vapor muscularity...Lovely, brown rum insularity transforming into sugary, berry vascularity...A marvelous companion to DFHís Immort Ale...4.2/5...

(2-year-old, 2004 bottle)...The nose is rather shy, but does announce fruity caramel, and candy...Body is round, but somewhat rough, alcohol hitting the back with a splash...Some herbal hop bitterness is left, but doesnít offer much complexity...A fine sipper still, but nowhere near the complexity and succulence of the aforementioned vintage, to my tastes...3.6/5

1-year-old 2005 vintage: 3.8/5

1-year-old 2006 vintage: 4.3/5. Young and already wow.


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