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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.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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle poured dark caramel with a thick brownish head. Aroma is malt,hops and alcohol . Flavor is sweet malt and alcohol and much to sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 (on bottle 2004 edit.) On the good side, this beer proves that I still have ground to cover in turms of tastes. This one was too hefty for me, way overmuch. Mahogony color and a small, lasting beige head. Hoppy , very; nose, with notes of wallnuts, earth, chocolate and alcohol- A very powerfull, allmost cognac-ish alcoholic a bit too high carbonation. Finish is lightly burning and with impressions of calvados(me donīt like calvados), wood and chocolates. Way to big and alcohol-flavoured -filled beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bumhoolery (1) - USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
2003 ed. Very pleasant aroma, deep reddish tint, but I just didnít dig this. Not very hoppy, sweet and nutty, but the flavor doesnít come through too strongly through all the alcohol. Not bad, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldnít these different batches be in separate listings? Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
The high alcohol content is very evident with this beer. very little was done to incorporate other subtle tastes with the alcohol. It is very in your face and not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2004
2003 Bottle. I'm not sure what makes a beer young. I also don't know why people thought this beer was amber colored. It looked like a deep ruby color to me. It smelled malty, tasted like brown sugar and alcohol. To me it tasted like an average barley wine. Nothing special about this beer, except the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Vintage 2004. Pours small head but grows a little bit befor disapating. Smell and tastes of strong alcohol. Not a big single malt scotch fan and just do not a beer that tastes like one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2007
12 oz bottle-pours a tan head and amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/boozy-rum/scotch, woody. Taste is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/quite boozy-rum/scotch, woody/spicy hops. OK carbonation. Kind of an English Strong Ale. Sipping. Not my taste and on the fringe for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kingi (462) - - OCT 26, 2012
Good aroma ruined by alcohol. Sweetness and alcohol with bitter hops that stick to ur gums. Again ruined by the pushing alcohol. Not for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vestlake (136) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
I didnít like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly donít get the style. I guess if you like the style, youíll like this well enough.

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