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RATINGS: 1933   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%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Cherry, sweet aroma. Honey aftertaste. It seems like it can't make up its mind whether or not it wants to be a christmas ale, or a stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
Dark amber with a medium brown head that is medium lasting. The nose is sweet but some lager funk in the nose. The taste is very rusty up front and very malty. So sweet and great, however the rust is too much for me. finish is acidic and metallic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
Russet coloured with a complex aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet taste and lots of alcohol, quite a lot of balancing bitterness with some leathery caramel notes but too much tongue-burning alcohol and a strange flabby caramel sweetness. If this was 8% it would be very good indeed, but thereís just too much alcohol for the beer to carry it off. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodduck (5) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2004 does not count
Mild aroma. Small quickly disappearing head. Deep red-amber color. Flavor is very much like sherry and oak. Moderate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
2003 vintage: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma reminds me of port wine. Moderate alcohol warmth lingers on the tongue. A spicy hoppiness rounds out the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
2K3 Release. Clear brownish bronze. Cognac and vanilla aroma, plus some alcohol. Thick palate. Liqeurish flavorsweet, like a jam or something. Some hop flavors and a bit alcohol burn. Fuity flavors mix with medicinal hints. A bit "off kilter", I think it needs a little age on it to really reach its potential.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 Bottle. Dark red-brown with small beige head. Plenty of alcohol from start to finish, sweet, over-ripe fruit, fortified wine, bitter finish. A nice beer for sipping - but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2004. Still young, but so what. You could probably serve this on the rocks and get away with it. Red/amber color and the last sip tasted better than the first.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Deep reddish brown color with not much head; many high-alcohol beers lack this quality so I wonít hold it against them. Aroma is quite malty with Middle Eastern fruit elements such as fig and date. There is a bit of hops in the finish. Flavor is ok, but perhaps a beer of this type should be given a chance as an uncarbonated brew and classified as an Old Ale. As it stands, itís ok for a barleywine but at this high alcohol level the carbonation is somewhat cloying and tends to bring alcohol to the fore.


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