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RATINGS: 1933   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2003 vintage. Deep amber with thin beige head, sweet honeyed aroma with some cooked veggies. Flavor rather ordinary some caramel and almonds with a hot finish. Average to just below average barley wine (IMHO)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
Okay, everyone likes this beer but with about 13% alcohol, I canít get past the high alcohol content. The palate and flavor just does not do it for me!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap at the Vintage Estates, nice place. Not much aroma, does not come across as volatile. Color is darker than a lager, more brown or orange in there. Strong, almost like smoother whisky in flavor. Decent carbonation for a barley wine. For 12+ abv, this stuff hides the alky well. Medicinal at times. I think Iím getting dizzy. Finish is somewhat cough medicine linger. One of the smotther barley wines Iíve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SirLimpsalot (2135) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2010
Fin rŲd fšrg, men doften šr nšstan helt borta. Smaken šr lite kšllaraktig med svaga toner av malt. Aningen oljig och jag fŚr en liten trappist-kšnsla Lite besk och torr kšnns eftersmaken.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
The brew pours clear brown with practically no head. The aroma is of alcohol. The taste is of alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2010
I was unimpressed by this. Perhaps I just wasnít in the mood for a barleywine, but it seemed to be little more than an attempt to cram as much malt as possible into a bottle. Dark brown, thick head. Aromas of malt, malt, and more malt. Bit of hops. Maybe some fruit. Taste is sweet, decently balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. Decent, generic American barleywine. MIght benefit from aging; try older vintages (mine was only a year old).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage. It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well. The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isnít the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying. Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol. I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on itís face in comparison. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
phylomatic (3) - Trussville, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2011 does not count
This is my first "Old Ale" style. A: Head-What was there goes away fast. Color-Looks like well preserved antique cherry furniture. S: Sweet, real sweet, like your first girlfriend. Caramello is JEALOUS! I sense a little spicey but I wouldnít call it sassy. T: I donít taste two scoops of raisens, but maybe store-brand dosage. Not a lot of bite from the alcohol. A tad bitter, not like your mother in law but possibly your friendís. MF: Medium of the road on all accounts. Kind of slid down like an upside-down go-kart. Overall: Iíve had this style before Iím pretty sure, but I donít remember when since I donít review EVERY beer I drink. I donít find it overly complicated, but Iím new to this style. I like it for sure, however its just too new to make a strong statement about it. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
This is a real easy review. If you enjoy cognac or port, this is the beer for you. If you donít ABSOLUTELY avoid this beer at all costs (I cannot stress that point any further). Classic barleywine, well made but not for my palate. Once again, if cognac and port are NOT your taste, please refrain.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
MacBoost (1274) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2013 vintage. Pours a amber color with little to no head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, port wine. Taste consists of pure maple sugar syrup with a small bitterness. Very sweet. Flavors of caramel, maple fudge, dough, figs, Bleh. This is completely terrible. No.

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