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RATINGS: 2120   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Not bad. I had the 2003 vintage and found it some how slightly similar in taste to that of the doghead fish stout. Definetly a lively ale with a unique taste but I have had better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
This is a big one. Nose drips with thick, pungent fruit, molasses, pine and a small hint of chocolate. Clear brown amber in the glass with about fifteen or twenty minutes worth of head--four oz or so if youíre taking your time. Hop bite comes up front and smooths to a big, syrupy mouthfull of fruit which in turn fades to unashamed alcohol and earthy hop bitterness. Definitely harsh around the edges. Some aging would hopefully tame this but as it is, itís a slow sipper that needs some getting used to before you can explore the full range of itís flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2004 bottle: sizeable head when poured that quickly fades to a thin bead. This beer is a deep amber/red and clear. Aromas of malt, yeast, alcohol and some restrained hops. The flavor is a little hot with alcohol and seems a bit unbalanced. Perhaps I will get a couple to cellar and see what happens. This was straight from a cold fridge so the aromas and flavors will improve as it warms, but initially it tastes a little rough: strongly malty with a sweetish, sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticable malty, alcohol, yeasty flavor in the finish which is interesting. This beer needs some time to smooth out. I think it has potential however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5955) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
strong hoppy aroma. Also vinous notes and some carmel. Pours a nice copper brown, minimal head. Strong alcohol and sweet flavours typical of the style. Date is unknown as it is not listed on the bottle but Iím assuming its this years vintage. Alcohol warming in your gullet and a nice wallop as the alcohol hits the system. i would be interested in trying some aged versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 4, 2005
12-oz bottle, 2004 vintage
This tastes like a quality double or strong Belgian ale masquerading as a barleywine. As a beer, itís quite nice. Its aroma is malty, slightly alcoholic and classic Belgian-yeast-nutty. Lightly roasted malt, Belgian-like yeast nuttiness, medium hop bittering and a smidge of alcohol round out the flavor profile. Not much fruit notes for a barleywine. Fairly substantial palate. Pours a clear copper-brown with thin white head. Except for the "old" in the name, I never would have figured this to be a barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9877) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz - 2008 vintage) Dark copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big and sweet. Tons of sweet malts with a nice hop undertone. Flavor is sweet and malty at the start with a strong alcohol bite. Middle is very malty with some hints of caramel. Finishes with a strong and burning alcohol presence and some bitter hops. Extremely potent. This one could take some good aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle from Mega Liquor Warehouse... Pours dark mahogany with a thin head..Smell is dark fruits and alcohol...Flavor is caramel and rassberries with a lingering bitterness.. Tons of carbonation.. Good candidate to put in the closet (or a barrel) and forget about.

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