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RATINGS: 1941   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%


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 (2002 bottle sampled Christmas day 2005. Courtesy of AndrewM) Stunningly beautiful deep amber with an off white head. Aroma has very sweet malt with dark fruit jam and chocolate. Fruitier than the 2004 I recently had. Absolutely invigorating. Iíve just been sniffing this for the last 10 minutes. Slight alcohol presence. After 3 years, the hops have faded enough that the chocolate and deep, dark fruit come through very well on the tongue. Slight alcohol tinge, but just enough to accentuate the other flavors. Palate is soft. This is the best beer Iíve ever had. Good thing I have another one.

(2004 bottle courtesy of Odeed. 12/17/05) Fairly complex aroma...very fruity. Flavors of dark fruit jam. A little bit of toffee. Just enough alcohol bite to accent the other flavors nicely. As it warms the the aroma can be best described as a fruity sherry. There is something else that Iím trying to pinpoint. I think itís brown sugar (as described by fordest). Very nice brew. (8,5,8,4,17)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Very dark pour with little head. Smell of toasted malt and hops. Nice flavor of malt,coffee,hops and bitter sweet choclate. Very thick beer on the mouth. Nice drinker when cold outside.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lanceballance (7) - USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
Excellent Aroma. Smells like dough and caramel. Slight hint of alcohol on the finish. Very warming.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
theaudist (46) - Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Such a great beer, I donít even know what to say about it. The flavors combine to almost taste like a portobello mushroom (Odd, but thats what I taste). A toffee taste dominates throughout in this expert barley wine. Just exceptional. My all time favorite beer thus far.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle at Jerryís. Wow. This is one for the books. Opened up an í08 last night. Pours amber with beige head. Nose is lots of oak up front followed by malt, vanilla, dark fruits. Tastes toffee, raisins, vanilla. Much mellowed out over a couple years. Finish pleasantly sticks around reminding first to take another drink, then to lament the loss. Amazing. Bought the last one to take home and stick in the closet for another year....if I can wait.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caskalefan (149) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Wonderfully sophisticated English style old ale. Nose and flavor of apples, grapes, port, sherry, caramel, toffee, and pears in brandy. Syrupy and yet almost ethereal body which is mouth-coating, and yet paradoxically sprightly. Incredible execution of an old ale that will, undoubtedly become even more stupendous with age. Serving type: bottle

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maltman53 (351) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle of 2014. Wow, itís all here: fruity esters, dried fruit, caramel, molasses, toffee, treacle, with just the perfect amount of winey character. Beautifully balanced American barley wine style, with a long, long finish. Made in more of a traditional English barley wine style (meaning little or no hop profile) rather than in an American barley wine style (higher hop profile). Overall, a great English barley wine made by Americans!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2007 vintage consumed 11/08 They should rename this beer, "North Coast Jizz in Your Pants Ale." Because after one sip I thought to myself, "man, iíd let someone jizz in my pants if they bought me one of these." Poured cold, let sit and warm up. Pour was a dark golden orange, with very little head and little carbonation. I cant see through it at all. Taste is of rich toffee and bourbon, and still somewhat hot with alcohol. Hot enough that my cheeks are warming up.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ano1ridesthe19 (23) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Many 4 packs over the years. Finally in Fort Bragg at the tap house. This has got to be one of the best strong ales out there. Huge hop flavor and heavy spice nose. Awesome red brownish color in the pour. North coast has been a true champion in brewing true high quality heavy duty craft beers year after year. If your going to the coast it is a must visit. Superb food, great people and the Mendocino coast, who could ask for more?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rpm56 (11) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours to a nice caramel head that dissipates in about two minutes, leaving a beautiful deep cooper ale. A nose of damp leaves and wood. A smooth palate and lasting finish. One of my favorite ales.


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