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RATINGS: 2036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9661) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9452) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle. Woody toffee malt, cherry, and hay aroma. Hazy orange-brown color with small head. Sweet apple/cherry, toffee malt, and bitter hay/alcohol flavor. Body kind of light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9303) - Tel Aviv, - APR 14, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks avrashi. 2012 vintage. Amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol, malt and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly and alcoholic. Medium-bodied, silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9191) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 9/14/2006 5:40:09 PM - UPDATED 9/26/2008
Bottle on RBESG 2006
2006 bottle.
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet malty a bit alcohol scent. Sweet raissin and some alcohol taste. Medium bitterness, soft but big mouth feel. Warming alcohol feeling.

Second rating, 2006 vintage:
Somewhat shady brown color, tan head. Lots of alcohol in the scent, sweet malt as well. Spicy bitter malty taste. Smooth milky mouthfeel. Sharp bitterness, some hartburn feeling.

355 ml bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!
On September 26, 2008
2008 vintage
BB Aug 2010
Clear dark reddish copper color, medium tan head. Fruity, smooth, sweet scent, some red berries and a bit of alcohol. SWeet, phenolic, spicy, dry, malty, caramel taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Dry lingering malty aftertaste.

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never entered my notes until now.
Sampled side by side vintages: 2011 vs 2010 vs 2009 vs 2007 vs 2006
2011: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Malty, alcohol, some smoke scent. Sweet, malty, salty, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, alcohol aftertaste. Low bitterness.
2010: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2009: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, sassafras, minty scent. Sweet, cream, malty taste. Medium smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Alcohol, chemical scent. Sweet, malty, sugary, grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Clear very dark brown color, small to very small tan head. Sweet, fruity, alcohol scent. Alcohol, solvents, cream, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

12 fl oz bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on December 22, 2012. Vintage 2011.
Hazy brown color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, citrus scent. Sweet, raisin, figs, alcohol taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol.
I would probably like it better if aged some more, a bit young still.

Bottle at Bishops Arms ÷rebro on May 25, 2013.
Didnít take notes since I knew I had rated this over and over, this was the 2010 vintage.
Wonderful aged scent and taste. Alcohol still coming through, but holds up nice and was a very nice finish to this evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2010
355 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. From Sweden. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and could it be touch of alcohol. Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, malt, caramel, bitter hops and sugar in flavour. Warming nicely. Balanced and rich. Surprisingly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2011
12oz 2010 bottle. I didnít realize this was a barleywine before I opened it, otherwise I would have let it sit around for a while. Burgundy color, minimal head. Very much a wine taste and smell, itís nearly too harsh. Raisin aroma. Sweet taste, but after awhile the alcohol is noticeable for sure. Very malty in the aftertaste. It might be very quiet in this room, but the bubbles in the carbonation are loud! I canít help but feel like I should have hid this beer in the cellar and forgotten about it, Iím sure Iíd have enjoyed it more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 2010-07-12. Dark brown body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Modest alcohol starts off the aroma, lightly fruity, dark fruit, caramel, touch of oxidation. Flavour is richly malty and fruity, light bitterness and moderate alcohol dry it out somewhat. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty solid, and grows on me more as it goes on. I think this ma be a bit older than optimal, perhaps the ideal is somewhere between a year and multiple years. 7+/3+/8/4/15 - 3.6 2006 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarry

2005-12-XX. Hazy orange tinged dark brown body, with a small beige head. Boozey malt and hops dominate aroma with a touch of caramel and whisps of vanilla. Flavour starts out with lots of malt up front, some caramel, quickly giving way to dry alcohol and accents of hoppy bitterness. Some fleeting glimpses of fig or date like fruitiness awash in a boozey current. The initial finish contains all the best elements of this brew, well rounded caramel malt but does not last long into the aftertaste. Medium palate. Nice beer that misses the mark a bit because the alcohol dominates too much. Thanks for sharing this bottle Harry. 6/3/8/4/14 - 3.5 2004 Vintage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8935) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a medium head. Aroma and flavour of alcohol, caramel and fruits.

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