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RATINGS: 1908   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2002
fruity, piney aroma.Hazy amber color.Tan head that fades quickly.Full mouthfeel, kinda prickly on the tongue.Fruity flavors and alcohol evident. Finishes bitter but not overly.Think i will get some to lay down, i believe it would age fairly gracefully.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2004
(Bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep copper color with a small head. Has a aroma of maple syrup and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol dominant with hints of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Pours thick and syrupy. Low carbonation and no head to speak of on the dark brown body. Aroma has hints of raisin and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with an alcoholic kick in the end. Not a lot to brag about in this one.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
Red. No head. Slightly roasted. Loads of warming alcohol in the finish. Spicey flavour. A bit to earthy and dirty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2005
2004 Vintage. - Deep amber colour. Aromatic nose, with notes of demerara sugar, chocolate and dates. Very smooth mouthfeel, but the taste does not keep the promises you get from the nose. Obviously beers like this tend to improve with further ageing, and i think it has some really great potential if left for another couple of years.........

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
OK. Thatís it. Iím not trying any more barley wines. Iíve tried three top ones from rate beer, and I havenít liked any of them. To each his own, I guess.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage. Deep reddish brown, small tan head. Figs, caramel, biscuit, and alcohol in the aroma. Heavy dark alefruit flavors with overtones of caramel. Spiciness in the finish, with a fusel alchol character. Mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat chewy, and rather hot.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2007
12 oz bottle - 2007 - orange coppery color with a thin offwhite head....alcohol, malts and spice aroma...strong alcohol taste with malts and caramel...some hops in the finish...alcohol taste is a little too much for me ...

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear red with a big off-white head. Some lacing. Sugary sweet one dimensional aroma. Very bitter swet flavor with a roast character in the background. A bit thin in the mouth with a touch of carbonation tingling. Substantial lingering bitterness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Fresh 2007 on tap. Pours a rich maroonish color with a small offwhite head. Smell is mainly alcohol and light maltiness with an almost faint skunkiness to it, somehow. Prickly, boozy mouthfeel, with flavors of alcohol, hops, and somewhat dry. Decent flavor and drinkable, but I can see this being a lot better with some age, and look forward to trying some older bottles.


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