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RATINGS: 2086   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2003 bottling. Has a mahogany hue with a thin , off white head. Strong caramel raison smell. Lightly carbonated with a syrupy mouthfeel . The flavor is of sticky sweet malts and raisons. Has an interesting spice - alcohol taste to finish. This brew tastes better on the cold side; a strong alcohol taste lowers the drinkability Feb 2004

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2-10-08 tap (2007 brew)
Deep maroon-amber-brown in color with a thin filmy off white head. Smell is sweet and hoppy and quite pleasant. Flavor is nice and very sweet. The sweetness nearly coats the tongue. It is thick and not syrupy at all. Drinkable and flavorful. Nice palate - nothing too special though. Alcohol is present, without a doubt, but overall a good brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
bottle, dark amber color, listless head, malty flavors with lots of alcohol, needs some age on it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2419) - JAPAN - SEP 25, 2008
Maybe I missed something here but this didn’t sit perfectly with me. Something I can’t put my finger on stopped me from truly enjoying this. May be it was the overpowering alcohol. Need to re rate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2007 bottle. Hot! The alcohol is kickin’! Hazy copper with a thin tan head, some fair lacing at the brew line. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a creamy caramel nose. Sweet malt flavor with a dry alcohol finish. Warm and full-bodied creamy palate. Needed more balance. Just had the Anchor Old Foghorn which was much more balance and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (839) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 7, 2001
VERY alcoholy in the flavor. There as it goes down, and then a warming aftertaste continues the trend. No head to speak of. Color reminds me of flat A/W Root beer. Low carbonation, as fits the style. Definite malt overtone in the aftertaste, and for several minutes after drinking it. Iíd buy it again. This is definately sipping beer with its 11.4% alcohol!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2002
this barleywine was definately not my fav of the style-good peer nose, murky brown appearance, but the taste was oily and kind a hard to describe-very malty with little bitterhop bite-i perfer the hoppier barleywines such as hog heaven and bigfoot-this was not my thing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3987) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2002 edition. Pours like Coca-Cola, a big but rapidly diminishing head, heavy carbonation (large bubbles) all over the inside. Weak metallic aroma, whiffs of malt and the slightest note of grape. Slightly oily, slightly sticky, yet a bit thin all things considered; the cola-like carbonation on the palate is lost early on. Flavor is the strong suit here, full and rounded across a range of English strong ale qualities with a bit of Scottish ale in there. Spicy notes--growing with time to be a sharply biting presence, hitting the tip of my tongue as it goes into my mouth and making me shout "whoa Nellie!"--more metal, and a biting alcoholic flavor. Some beers hide their alcohol well, but this one does not. Perhaps this is a beer that simply cannot be had this young--it is decent drinking, but it is not a masterpiece by any stretch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2004. Caramel, malt and alcohol aroma. Amber and headless. Alcohol isnít noticeable taste wise, but it does burn the throat and you taste some hop dryness. Still i donít get a lot of flavor in this. Itís thick and it has a great feel in the mouth, but it doesnít have much flavor to comment on. Decent enough, but I wasnít blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quintana (5) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005 does not count
Sampled out of a bottle in a pint glass. Need to get a nice snifter for my barley wines/strong ales. As strong ales go, way too much alcohol in the taste. Aroma a nice hearty mix of heavy malt, raisin, spice and some fruit and a lovely dark amber color. Mouthfeel and taste too much like a smooth bourbon that brings this score way down (it is still beer after all...). Really looking forward to this one and a bit let down by the harsh flavor of overpowering alcohol that dominated what cold have been a sublte boquet of goodness.

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