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RATINGS: 1924   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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". ’07 vintage. Pretty clear orange with medium beige head. Aroma is doughy sweet with some maple syrup. Flavor is alc, maple syrup, bread, pretty harsh. Syrupy medium body. Unbalanced big alc and a lot of maple syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bp (788) - Queens, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle (2007 vintage): pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin lacing of head around the edge of the glass, aroma of sweet dark fruits, taste is a tad bitter with a burnt sugar type flavor, finish is smooth with just a slight warming in the throat. Pretty good. I have three more of these that I am going to try to age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle with 2007 on the neck. I was expecting an alt ale. But, one sip to dispelled that thought rather quickly. Very hoppy and loads of malt and alcohol. Poured with a tall head of loose large foam. Very heavy body, almost syrupy. Finishes a bit long.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
’05 vintage. Thanks for bringing this one over joey! Amber with a little off white head. Aroma was dried fruits and maple syrup. Flavor was raisin, plum, brown sugar, more maple syrup, a bit of alcohol. Finished syrupy. ABV was noticeable, borderline on being overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xCENOTAPHx (17) - Grandview, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2004 vintage. Dark ruby color. Tan head with lasting carbonation. Aroma is sweet and sticky like pomegranates. Flavor is spicy sweet chocolate with intense alcohol warmth. Good beer, but not worth the price.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours reddish copper with zero head. Glows and radiates when held up to the light. Nose of caramel, brown sugar and molasses with some dark fruit and vinous qualities. Flavors is sweet and dark, with raisin and molasses prevalent. Alcohol is present and noticable, and could be hidden a bit better. Almost lacerative, detracting from its smooth quaffability. Palate is very mellow and dry with carbonation a bit on the heavy side. Balance is a bit off, but tasty just the same.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
papat444 (22) - Mercier, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
Thanks to HogTownHarry for this one! 2006 vintage. Pours a nice dark brown body with minimal head and lacing. Smell is malt & sweet. Taste is creamy, chewy and sweet but not overbearing. Caramel and malt round it off. Very drinkable for a high 13.5 ABV. I wasn’t blown away but was not let down either. Would recommend.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
2001: Not too lively on the pour, scarlet red color. One quick whiff tells me this is a barley wine with lots of malt oozing from the bottle, plum/ raisin fruitiness and no real hoppiness. Relatively light but oily palate slips through pretty easily. Sweet red apple flavors, a little white wine-ish. Slight woody notes towards the end while a little hop bitterness just sours lightly in the finish. Rounds out a little syrupy and fruity. Not crazy about this one but I have 3 more and will check it out again in a few months.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 2001 bottling. My intial impression of this one is not terribly favorable. The malt is tremendously complex: caramel, wine, pineapple and smoke. Unfortunately, it is not contained. Call in the hall monitor. Smack the children with the hop ruler. Still, rather memorable. Update: Was soundly defeated in a head-to-head with Heavyweight Old Salty 2002.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Brandy city...sweet, highly alcoholic malt presence, some Scottish feel in there (a bit smoky). Vanilla rising...then potent! Whew! Pretty tough for me to figure out past the high gravity, but it is good. Merci beaucoups, u-frere.


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