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RATINGS: 2006   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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8832) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
2013 bottle from Habershams, Savannah. It pours clear mahoganny with a small beige head. The nose is wood, leather, earth, light spice, toast, dried fruit and trifle. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, dried fruit, decent bitterness, spice, toast and toffee with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Smooth, good depth and balance. A top-notch American barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2010 bottle, pours dark reddish brown with white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, some slight citrusy hops, with a nice full brown sugar note. Taste is smooth with sweet caramel and toffee, bitter pine and slightly fruity, some earth, tasting pretty full with a nice slightly bitter finish that goes down way too smooth for 12%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8557) - 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8543) - Mölndal, 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 Örebro on May 25, 2013.
Didn’t 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8491) - 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 DFH’s 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (8437) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8397) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: dark brown, mahogany shine; disappearing cream head. Nose: hops, coloured malts, vanilla(?), blue cheese. Taste: immediate sweet impression, then very hop-bitter, fading into satisfying plumcake taste. Mouthfeel; very thick and rich, velvety. Alcohol evident. Aftertaste: after a while, noble hops haunt the palate for quite long. A very nice old ale - with American noble hops, as one would expect from a Californian brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8366) - 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.

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