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RATINGS: 2036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Surprisingly red in color, I just knew this beer would be darker. Thin head dissipates quickly. Lots of alcohol and some dry fruit in the nose. Too much alcohol in the flavor with some fruit and a horribly metallic finish. Definitely needs more aging. Iíll probably re-rate in a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Bottle. Pours murkey, swamp water like brown. Thin off white head that diminishes to nothing quickly. Aromas of sweet fruits, melons and caramel. Tastes like caramel and lots of sweet fruits, raisins and apricots. Very sweet and sugary. More chocolate as this warms. Alcohol is well hidden initially but more prevalent when warms. Finish is dry and bitter. Fairly smooth beer, tingles my lips, but they are chapped a little. Decent, but not what I was expecting from this barley wine. Re-Rate 3/2/06 I wanted to give this a second chance, but I just donít like this beer, way too sugary. I like a bigger hop presence in barley wines and Iím not getting that here. Way to sugary and heavy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just donít like barleywines, but I wasnít that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.

   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 The aroma is alcohol, oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, raisins and a leaves. The appearance is a reddish brown with a medium head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma with a sweet dark fruit element that accompanies a butter scotch note. The palate is smooth with a lingering aftertaste. Overall itís a pretty strong beer and a good beer too but not a great one.

   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 (3378) - 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 (4897) - 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.

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