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RATINGS: 1882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 2006 Bottle: 1/16/07 11.6% Rusty copper with a ring of sticky foam. Lots of wood, cherries, molasses and ether in the nose. The body is full, rounded and real malty. I canít wait to try this again in a few years!

2004 Bottle: 3/25/06 Dull cherry colored pour with a uniform, half inch head. Great lacing. The aroma is like smelling a cake or brownies baking in the oven. Sweet chocolate and fudge notes are laced with a fresh pressed cherry sweetness. Chocolate covered cherries. Velvetty smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The body is complex with very little oxidation. Plums, raisins, oak, vanilla, marshmellow, chocolate, caramel...the list goes on. Highly drinkable with a great alcohol warming in the finish. Fantastic!

2001 Bottle: 12/21/06 Absolute bliss. Only the slightest hint of oxidation actually adds complexity. This is pure malt goodness from start to finish. If youíve been waiting for the right time to crack this vintage, the time is now.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2006
Pours out a redish dark. Carbonation was soft but there till the last drop. No lacing in this one. Smells wonderful for a barley wine. It smells like a fruit basket a old shit would get for their birthday, like prunes, prunes and spice. The taste is there! You have to try this one. My body warmed up instantly. I could taste everything. The main were sweet fruit, malt, alcohol and bitterness at the end. I drank it at room tep. and it was very good. 11.4%, 2003

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle, a great winter warmer. Have a half case (2005) aging to compare with 2006 vintage. A classic, beer grasps you, rich with all kinds of flavors, sip and enjoy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2007
An amazing beer, feel of strong scents, strong flavors and great taste. The aroma is malty and caramelly and full of alcohol. So is the taste. Full of flavors, the alcohol taste finishes off each sip, overwhelming the other flavors, but not overwhelming itself. I have had the 2005 and 2006 vintages, and, the 2006 being stronger has a stronger alcohol taste. I look forward to sampling the 2007 vintage brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
2006 vintage, sampled mid 2007. Will North Coast ever brew something that isnít outstanding? Sweet chewy delicious malts dominate this behemoth of a beer. The aroma is filled with dried fruits, caramel and raisin. Taste is very complex - lotsa stuff going on here. And at 13,25 ABV, well.. thatís very well masked. Incredible, I love North Coast!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
I recently drank a 2002 and 2006 Old Stock side by side (in Jan. í08). The difference is remarkable. I suppose I should be rating the í06, since thatís closer to what people will be drinking straight out of the stores, but I canít bare to rate such an inferior product. While there were many similarities (Iím not sure if the recipe has remained unaltered or not, but they certainly taste as if they were at least similar recipes), and the í06 tasted like something that could some day develop into the í02, the various flavors of the í06 are so much more rough and aggressive, while the í02 has allowed them to mellow and intermingle, resulting in a much rounder, more subtle combination of flavors. I cannot recommend aging this beer enough. I still have a bottle of the í02 and the í06, and plan and trying them with the í08 in í10.

   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.

   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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rpm56 (10) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belize2000 (23) - Loon Lake, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing 12 oz bottle 4-24-12 Pours reddish brown with big off white to tan head and medium retention. Rich sweet malt smell with hints of caramel and light hops alcohol is noticeable but not bad at 11.9%. I love this beer and thank North coast brewing for doing a great job with this Ale, I have had this beer many times and always stock up when released hope to do a 3 yaer veridical some day if I can save some LOL.

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