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RATINGS: 2057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

   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 didn’t 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. It’s drinkable, but clearly hasn’t been aged properly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3442) - Mosterøy, 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 (4998) - 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 could’ve been a bit smoother in my opinion, and I think the storage potential is high on this one. Didn’t 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 (684) - California, 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 (2141) - 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 (3498) - 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 don’t think I’m a fan of Barley Wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Appearance: Glowing reddish-brown with thin off-white head and very little lacing. Aroma: Toffee, plum, cherry and light English hops. Taste: Very sweet malts with toffee, butterscotch, plum and cherry. Light spicy and floral hops on the the finish that do nothing to cut the sweetness, along with more medicinal cherry. There are some nice flavors to be found here, but just too sweet. Palate: Thick and chewy body with low carbonation. Nicely warming but with a cloyingly sweet finish. Overall: Sweet and boozy. Maybe I would like this better with a couple of years on it. As is, I will pass in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1576) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2012
Hasselnötsbrun öl med ett gulvitt skum. Doft av plommon, sirap och lite för mycket alkohol. Alkoholen döljs något bättre i smaken som är mycket torkad frukt och lätt kryddighet. En kraftfull öl.

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