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RATINGS: 2080   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle @ home. Burgundy body with a small white head that quickly disappears. Very candy sweet malty nose with hints of raisins and cherries, also with mild hops. Very sweet, red fruity and malty body. Quite strong flavor thatís initially fruity with the hops and bitterness following through on the finish along with a lot of booze. Definitely a sipper. [2010 Vintage]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2007
Dark, red mahogany. The aroma is vinous with notes of dark fruits, raisin, caramel and cake. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour is wonderful with notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bread/cookie, fruit (raisin, plum) and its vinous. What a nice beer!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (10173) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a medium head. Aroma and flavour of alcohol, caramel and fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9946) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9863) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle:Deep chestnut-amber coloured, almost clear, small and quite stable off-white foamy layer; solid sweet-bitter nose of raisins and further dried fruits plus caramel plus mild traces of alcohol; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied, not so soft; caramelly and - as expected - fruity finish balanced by some dry hops. A bit alcoholic, but nevertheless a pleasant winter-warmerÖ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (9680) - 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 (9672) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Nice full aroma of sweet barley, some alcohol is present. Flavor is good, but the alcohol is quite present. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9417) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 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.

Bottle thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
Vintage 2010, 11,7% ABV.
Hazy brown color, teal head. Sweet, malty, tobacco flower, marzipan, alcohol scent. Malty, fudge, alcohol, bitter taste. Malty, alcohol, bitter aftertaste. Warming gut feeling. Smoothish mouthfeel, medium to medium high btterness.

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