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RATINGS: 1919   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.’s 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. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s 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%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2006 bottle consumed 2/08. Dark amber body, white head, sweet malty nose. Very sweet, brown sugar, maybe slightly fruity, syrupy body. Not very impressive.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
rating # 1000 bottle from ølbutikken. vintage 2004, tasted jan.2009. poured a cloudy brown with almost no head. aroma of aged beer, port wine, alc. flavor is strong. malty, figs, dark fruits, alc. flavors are nicely blended together. not my kind of beer, but i’ve got to appreciate the complexity and wellroundedness. I will get my hands on a 2008 vintage and try again, adjust my score if i like the not-so-aged version better. My main complaint is the aroma, too much old beer and old booze in that aroma.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2002 limited bottling: This reminded me more of a bad summer seasonal than a barleywine. Still, the alcohol flavor was well masked. They now just need to mask the flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesn’t do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 30, 2006
2004. Fruity nose of alcohol, brown sugar, and flowers. Pours a hazy ruddy brown. The smallish frothy beige head is fully diminishing and leaves no lace. The bold flavor is warm and slightly sweet & sour. The finish is peppery. Overall a subtle brew but a stronger alcohol presence than I generally prefer. The medium body is fizzy and feels alcoholic at the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnsofistaCat (235) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2005 bottle: Let it be known I’m not the biggest fan of the style. Enter the cloudy line where brandy and beer meet. Great looking beer, dark red, with tiny little bubbles underneath a tannish head. Simple smell of moldy brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and syrupy. Sugar dates, faint roasted malt, little bitter hops all topped off with a ton of brown sugar. Too sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (1490) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Too sweet! No hop flavor, and even alcohol taste is hidden by sweetness. I can tell that this is a quality brew crammed with expensive ingredients---but I wouldn’t buy again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (13577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest 08. Again big thanks to Harry for this one. Syrupy dry malt aroma. I guess its a barley wine, with some soy sauce in the mouth. Nice US hops on there.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
944play (345) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 2008. 12oz in Chapeau glass. Deep ruddy amber, hazy, thin head. Malty, dusty, vinous aromas. Pleasant warmth and sweetness up front, but a mineral bitterness ruins the enjoyment. I have three more bottles; I’ll try to sit on those for at least several months and maybe the abrasiveness will drop out. RE-RATE 8-17-11: 2010 draft at Toad in the Hole. Cloudy brown with small disappearing yellow head. Stemmy, minty, spitty aromas. Big crunchy malts and rooty spice. Crispness is lacking.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma was not terrible, sweet and sugary notes. Taste was just not good, sweet boozy yuck


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