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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%


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 2010 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of alcohol and peach. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. 2007ís batch was dull enough that I didnít bother with the 08 or 09 batches. 2010 still shows no improvement. Very little aroma, and the mouth experience is rather watery and boozy

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Very cloudy brown,short lived tan head.Interesting fruity malt nose.Sweet smooth blended malt taste.Medium to strong alcohol heat Rather flat. As with most barleywines, the alcohol heat overpowers the taste, and I donít like that style. Thanks to Cap Flu Note-06 version is rather unblended, maybe needs aging?

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2005 bottle. poured a clear brownish red color with an average head. Aroma of carmelly malts and alcohol not much hops. Flavor was alcohol with a little alcohol on top on alcohol maybe a little sweet maltiness. I usually rate beers that have a high alcohol % higher just because they are stronger, but I am just not getting much flavor at all out of this one. Maybe with a few more years of age this would mellow but i dont know. Im kinda dissapointed.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2497) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
[2006 bottle] Dark redish brown with a low firm head. Sweet toffee aroma with fumes of alcohol. More sweet toffe shows up in the flavour, thereís notes of black currant as well. The taste of alcohol is a little bit too dominant but Iím sure a good cellar could take care of that. I donít have a cellar :o(

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 2006 version. Red, sweet and flavorful. Goes down easily, like a lambic but without the strong alcohol taste. Pretty good.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottle. Aroma of malt, sugar, and alcohol. It actually smelled and tasted like vodka. Peppery aftertaste. Not enjoyable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle (2006). Dark amber colour with a small yellow/beige head. Sweet alcoholic aroma with dark fruits. Complex flavour with fruits, candy & malt. Too strong.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2009 Bottle. Man this one needs many years. Clear reddish brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is sweet and sugary and slightly bitter and vanilla. Taste is extremely boozy. At first very bitter and warming doesnít help much. Almost hard to drink, very harsh.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Smells of licorice, medicine, and burnt rubber. Tastes flabby. I love barley wines, but not this one. Iíve had several bottles of this and have never been impressed.


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