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RATINGS: 1989   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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 2008: Score 3.2- a cold pour produces a two finger head that slowly dissipates to a silky canopy and a fluffy ring. A deep copper amber color spills forth creating aromas sweet and herbal. Full nectar w/ good carbonation creating a soft almost creamy texture. Nice! Fat, decadent, and malt driven w/ pounds of deafening sweet molases and caramel w/ a slight bitter up from a peach pit factor. Stone fruit weigh in heavily w/ not much of anything else but some herbs. The finish is cloyingly sweet. ******************- 2007: Score-3.4 / Pours deep dark amber w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is good w/ decent lacing. Aroma is weak and all I detect is fresh pine greens. Full nectar w/ ample mellow yet explosive residual effers. Alcohol right upfront w/ a sweet malty backbone. Not a complex brew at all. Theres the caramel, cherry fruit, peach nectar, and fresh pine. The finish is bittered moderately w/ a peachpit component and leaves a little alcohol on the tongue. Very warming and potent. ***** 2006: SCORE 4.1 / Pours deep dark amber w/ a shallow froth. Aromas of sweet malt, aged plumb and cherries. Full nectar w/ ample mellow residual effers. Flavors are strong, rich, and sticky sweet w/ a peach pit bittering. Secondary flavors of brandy, tobacco, oak, black cherry, ripe plumbs, caramel, green apricots, citrus rind, celery, and more. Finish has a lingering bitterness that overcomes previous flavors. Not balanced. Alcohol flavors are present. This one will benefit from aging. Very complex. I see the potential but itís miles away sonny. 2005: SCORE 3.9/ A golden color on the pour with full nectar. Rich, sweet, and creamy. Light in color for itís genre and real easy to drink. Not as complex as Iíd expect from these guyís. Nice ballance and ready to go. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bourbon! Lovely red colour. Very alcoholic. Tiny white head, flavour carries the scent out well. Tasting cups perhaps are not the best for appreciating beer, but this tastes like straight bourbon to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
Sampled at Blind Tiger Very Special Keg Night 11/19/08: Not impressed at first, as there didnít seem to be much going on in terms of flavor. After a while, it warmed up and candy and caramel notes started popping up. Have to revisit this one for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2009
2004 vintage from Olbutiken. Dark ruby brown, tiny beige head, mostly disappearing. Nose has molasses, little alcohol, strong figs, syrupiness, faint old apples, spicy dried dates on the fore, hint of old cheese crust when aired. Flavor is pretty hot with coarse molasses, same dried figs, hint of madeira notes, not too diverse actually, slightly rusty and oxidized. Coarse mouthdrying finish. Kinda strong wine-like palate, with very low carbonation and little stickiness. Itís drinkable, but clearly hasnít been aged properly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3077) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2010
2009 vintage. Murky orange brown with a large frothy tanned head. Aroma of dried fruits, bubble gum, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is sweet and heavy alcoholic. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. This is heavy stuff! (Bottle@Olympen, 23.1.2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4500) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 2007 edition, bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. This is a rather ordinary-looking barley wine; low carbonation, clear orange body. Nose is deep caramel malt and a bit of booze. Taste is toffee, cough syrup and grassy hop notes. Old Stock Ale is very bitter, from start to finish, which was a little too much for me as it accompanied by a underlaying current of hot, boozy spiciness. All in all it couldíve been a bit smoother in my opinion, and I think the storage potential is high on this one. Didnít quite do it for me this time around, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coyforce (618) - Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2010
Strong on the palate! Aroma is strong and roasty. Taste is chocolatey and strong. Tastes sweet like strong alcoholic beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluffy (1893) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
very good for what it is, im just not a big barleywine fan. too heavy and sugary for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2010
2010 edition. Pours a cloudy dark amber. Small head that fades to nothing quickly. Heavy malt, caramel, dark bread aroma. Flavor has notes of fruit, caramel, roast, and very noticable alcohol. It is a bit rough around the edges. If it mellows with age as the brewer claims, it will be much better in the future. Right now it is just okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3212) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
12 fl oz bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 2010 Vintage.

App.: Clear deep copper with a decent orange-tan head. Aroma: Strong caramel, booze, dark dried fruits, a touch of minty herbals, brown sugar, more alcohol, dark bread crust, molasses, and booze. Palate: Medium+ body, fine, velvety effervescence with a few prickly bubbles. Flav.: Brown sugar, toffee, treacle, a little molasses, all big malt, warm, almost stinging alcohol, vanilla, a touch nutty, chocolate; sweet with good bitterness and an alcoholic wallop, with a fairly long, warm, sweet malt finish.

Way too boozy for my palate. I donít think Iím a fan of Barley Wines.

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