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RATINGS: 1948   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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3299) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pour is a very murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is strong and earthy. Its a very musty, leathery and dark fruits. Alcohol wallops you in the end and maybe a bit to much. Tasty and different and deffinatly a sipping brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Muddy, amber body. Off-white head. Nose of molasses, white port. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Heavily bitter (long) finish. Fully bodied. Lively carbonation. Heavily alcoholic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Poured a very clear rusty red with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, nuts, and alcohol - kind of brisk. Not really what I expect for taste, kind of thin, some caramel, nuts, sour, and more alcohol. This was the 2005 vintage, perhaps an aged batch would have suited me better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle@Olympen, Oslo. A low yellowish head over a slightly hazed, mahogny colored body. Heavy vinoeus sweetness to the nose; plum marmelade, marzipan, dark dried fruits and lightly spiced dark malts. A sweet, Port-like flavor with dark fruits and dark malts. Modest hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and kind of creamy. Full body due the big amount of residual sugers. Sweet malty and mouthwarming finish with a faint bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2009
2007 bottle that Iíve had in my fridge seemingly forever. Murky caramel color. Pretty good, not blowing me away or anything. Not crushingly bitter like a lot of these, which is good. Getting better and sweeter as it warms up. Iíll still take Bigfoot.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2005 vintage Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head. Sweet with a finish like bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
7th July 2008. Dark brown clear beer. Very strongly flavoured. Brandy and port tones. Quite effervescent. Dry spirity finish. No bitterness.


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