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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


truebluehes' rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (155) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
2010 Bottle. Aroma is very malty, caramel, roasty, molasses, raisin, woody.... can smell the alcohol too. Appearance is a nice deep reddish brown with minimal head that thins quickly. Taste is of heavy caramel/molasses, alcohol, sweet malts.... fairly full. Had a bottle right away and one a year after... aged nicely after 1st year.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2115) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and dark syrup in aroma. Also some dark fruits and vinous notes are present. Quite pleasant aroma indeed. Dark syrup, malty sweetness and vinous notes in taste. Scaringly easy to drink despite the quite high abv.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with a caramel aroma. Taste is clean but finishes with a burn. Nice high alcohol flavor with a mellow malt flavor. The burn fades quickly, and leaves the chest with a warm tingle. A good beer for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2014
Had a 2011 vintage. Decent Barleywine. Pours brown with a just a tinge of red. Slight white head. Scent is hay, grass, and molasses. Despite age, hop characted still existed. Interested to see if this tastes more like a IIPA when fresh. Nice beer. Might like to do a vertical someday. Bottle - Received in Trade

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xBEERxNOLA (54) - - APR 6, 2014
Aroma - not much there. Appearance - amber no head on aggressive pour. Taste - smooth for such high ABV. Not much there for me. Drinks like a session. Mouth - med carb Overall - nothing like old stock reserve. Just okay.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (39) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (177) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Hazy and amber in color. Medium thin off-white head. Nice sweetness and warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (173) - USA - APR 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a red amber color with minimal head. Aroma is very boozy dark fruit a lot of sweetness. Caramel. Malts. Flavor is high ABV syrupy with some clove & toffee. So delicious. Higher carbonation but know from bottles consumed of earlier years hat this will even Overall a rock solid Old Ale. Grateful for the ones I have tasted and even more so to lay a few of them down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (676) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Partial vertical for Chubby Liver. 2013, 2012, and 2007. Will rerate this some day when I have one bottle all to myself, but: amber pour. Aroma is huge on raisins when fresh, with the raisins chilling and mellowing more as the age comes in. Toffee, caramel, and raisins/plums, but the raisin really is prominent here. Surprisingly, as I don’t care for real raisins, this was one of my favorites on the night. Full body, mellow and delicious at any age. Love a beer that is just as great aged as it is fresh.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
BoostIPA (1092) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours a amber color with little to no head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, port wine. Taste consists of pure maple sugar syrup with a small bitterness. Very sweet. Flavors of caramel, maple fudge, dough, figs, Bleh. This is completely terrible. No.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (524) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours a rich red amber color with a thin white head. Malt, caramel, dark fruit, molasses and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, cherry, plum, raisin, molasses, hop, alcohol and vanilla flavors. Medium full body with mild carbonation. Sweet taste with a warm caramel, dark fruit and alcohol finish. 2014


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