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RATINGS: 1904   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%


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Delicious, brown color, murky, alcohol tingles the tongue. Oxidation is present but so is a very awesome brandy flavor. I swear I tasted cognac! Good stuff but watch out cause it can really kick your ass.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrjunkie (2) - Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2010 does not count
Sweet candy caramel nose. Fantastic spice foundation! Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin pie and banana bread all in one beer. Great toasted malts and just the right hint of hops. Sweet, but in an earthy satisfying way. Rich, earthy warming finish. What a beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Very special, highly decadent and for me, tough to find. This is the beer to end an excellent meal or to start a conversation with someone who may not appreciate brews. An fantastic depth of Christmas cake, rum soaked raisins and vanilla in the smell. The alcohol is present at first whiff and stays throughout but is never intrusive. Flavors of sweet mellow peppermint candy and vanilla sweetend butter meld together with a smokey charred alcoholic finish. Supple, rich and slick is the body on this beauty leaving sugar smacked lips to savor. Wow, always a treat. Donít know what I wouldnít do for the brandy version. This is excellence. Thank You North Coast. 2009 12 oz.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2012
This was the 2012 Otsuchi commemorative bomber. Aroma of molasses, apples, raisins and a hint of cotton candy. Gorgeous clear garnet beer with thin tan head. Medium to heavy sweetness. Strong but well placed alcohol. What a phenomenal collection of flavors in the finish. Raisin, molasses, leather, pipe tobacco, brown bread. Wow! The very full body is balanced by a fairly effervescent carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (974) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Tastes more like a tripel or quad than a barley wine style ale. Incredibly flavorful, full bodied and bold. Nice ABV. Flavors are dark and pitted fruits with great balance. Pours dark golden, almost brown with a quick busy head.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2010 2007 vintage. Iíve been aging a few different vintages of Old Stock Ale and I think that 2007 is one of the best. Nice dirty brown color with low carbonation. The fullness of this beer fills your mouth from the first sip. Butterscotch, toasted wood, and nice grainy malt taste in the background (even though this is aged *and* sweet!). The hop bitterness is in perfect balance with the sweet malt. At 11.7% ABV, this is a dangerous beer as it goes down more smoothly than other less balanced beers with much less alcohol in them. 2010 vintage: Just picked this up tonight! Same great characteristics as the previous vintages. Itís a beautiful beer to look at with a ruby-tinged brown, completely unclouded color. Candy suger, caramel and butterscotch balanced by the alcohol with a nice hop bitterness in the background. I think this vintage is more drinkable at itís release than some of the past vintages which werenít as balanced at first. Itíll be interesting to see if this one ages as well as prior vintages (if I can keep from drinking all of it before then). 2008 vintage: I have to say of the Old Stock vintages Iíve tried, this is probably my least favorite. However, itís also the highest in alcohol (except for the unusual version of the 2006 that I never saw), so it may very well need a few more years of rest before it hits itís prime. Itís got the makings of a more age-worthy barleywine in that itís sweeter and more biting in alcohol, both of which should mellow over time, but how well remains to be seen. If I can hold on to the remaining bottles I have for any length of time, Iíll update this review.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Smells of light sugars, alcohol, fruit. Flavor is very similar to a candied apple. sweet, fruity and a nice warming alcohol tinge toward the end.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (1945) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Vintage 2010. Clear, dark mahogany with an off-white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma of sweet berries, hops, and dark malts. Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, candy, caramel and fruit. The alcohol isnít really evident in the taste, but something about this lets you know itís a heavy beer. Body is pretty thick. It does remind me more of a red wine than a beer. This stuff is quite good right off the shelf, but two bottles of the four-pack are in the closet aging, so weíll see how it is after sitting a while.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
02-MAR-2011, botte in Orlando from Whole Foods. Dark amber, clear with rreally low beige head. Wow, wooden cigar nose with loads of bitter hops and sweet malts. Dried fruits and orange peel. Really hoppy with huge amounts of bitterness. Long long bitter sweet liqor-like aftertaste. I guess this is an american strong ale? But very close to a barley wine. I now see close enough to actually be caterogized as one. One of the best of itís kind:-) Slightly boozy, but hey, itís 11,7%. I can live with that. Wonderfull brew. My kind of beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 17, 2012
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm reminds me of Thomas Hardyís ale. Beautiful malt profile hides the high alcohol content


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