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RATINGS: 1904   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%


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2001
This, my friends, is obscenely good. Itís like coming home; every other barleywine Iíve tried has had too much floral hop aroma, too much alcohol flavor, or such, but this is a marvelous balanced velvety phenomenon of a beer. Iím drinking one as I write this, just below room temperature and in a snifter. Itís rosewood-colored, and lacks a head. Call this Tantric Beer; it must be consumed slowly and with intense focused mindfulness for it to work properly, and if it works properly you will attain satori after only one...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dwyerpg (4473) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Brown-orange with a tan head. Smells strong, like other barley wines, but reminds me of pizza for some reason. Has a very strong thick flavor. This beer (combined with others of its style) made me switch my favorite style from stout to barley wine. The best part about this beer is that it tastes like a 6 or 7% barleywine. Wonderful and (relatively) cheap.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
all i can say is very very tasty yet powerful >>>>>>>>>>>>&g

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Phenomenal! This is a 2001 vintage. The last of a six pack 8 years ago. I canít believe I saved it this long. Definitely mellows and matures as time goes along. Sooo good. Caramel, malty and nutty. I feel privileged to taste it. Super smooth. Very slight coconut ester. Light syrup mouth feel. Yeah Baby!!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - APR 1, 2011
This beer is perfect. It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a foamy, lively reddish tan head. Aroma is sweet sugars, malts, dark fruit, citrus... it smells like a damn bakery at 5:00am. The taste is reminiscent of a good dessert wine in itís complexity. There are the usual yeasty, malty notes, but there are also bunches of dark ripe fruits, caramels, brown sugar, even pecan like flavors. There are smokey oak notes, and even a very hidden but certainly present citrusy hop note on the finish. There is a hint of booze at the end, along with a long warming effect. This beer is so enjoyable is almost pisses me off. I love it so much...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Vintage 2007. Shared bottle @ Cardinal. medum/dark amber in color with smooth carbonation. Aroma full of malts and caramel. Smooth carbonation, and smooth malt richness. Great vintage, and one of the best barley wines Iíve ever tried!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
2011 Vintage. Pours bright mahogany red with a very quick fizzling tan head. Smells like caramel with a strong bready backbone and hints of woody hops. Taste is caramel and hints of toffee with some warming alcohol notes at the end. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, North Coast Old Stock Ale (2011) finishes with a touch of woodiness coupled with some sweetness and alcohol burn. Perfect for aging; I have another bottle for that purpose.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle from Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga. Mahoghany in color. Sweet, chocolate fruity aroma. Notes of caramel and dark forest fruits. Alcohol apparent but not overwhelming.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle from the local taphouse shop. Wow beer, exceptional. Aromas of caramel, anisette, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitterness taking over for a very long finish. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Brown, with a thin head.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
The older it gets, the better. Within reason of course. Having just had the '09 at a local beer fest, this 2012 is excellent, if young. It ages very well, mellowing and rounding out. Still, brand new, it's pretty dang tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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