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RATINGS: 1952   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.’s 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. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s 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%


Narnad's rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
2011 version. Pours a hazy brown/copper color with a 1/4 inch tan head. Aroma has a strong Maris otter malt aspect with a some light fruity notes, light raisin and anise, modest earthy hops presence and a modest sweet caramel malt finish. Flavor starts off with raisin and moves into a bitter earthy hops, light leather, strong earthy and finishes with a sweet caramel malt presence. Body is hefty with very low carbonation and a modest sugary feeling. Overall a pretty good. The sweetness it a bit on the high side but its very well rounded as a whole.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (888) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
2014 bottle. Slightly dark amber. Light tan foam that fades to a ring. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel. Slight hoppiness too. Taste is much the same. Thick, syrupy, warming mouthfeel. Carb quite high. Drinks pretty easy. Might improve with a few years on it; seems a bit simple at this point. Nice enough though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8393) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2014
2010 vintage Leicht trübes orangebraune Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch nach sehr reifem Dörrobst, holzig, alkoholisch, Vanille. Geschmack mild holzig, Vanille, reifes Obst, leicht brennend alkoholisch, viel Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1252) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 21, 2014
average frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. dark amber flat thick body. aroma: moderate malt, raisin, light hoppy, alcohol. if: heavy sweet. ff: heavy sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation and metallic moderate alcoholic finish. Amargorzinho de lúpulo balanceia bem o dulçor, sem macular as diretrizes do estilo. Frutas secas no paladar. Forte aquecimento alcoólico. 100s

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2014 Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Nose is raisins and caramel, and the taste is the same, with the alcohol well masked. Probably would improve with some aging. Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (76) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
2014 vintage. Pours copper with no head. Aroma: caramel, figs, malty sweetness and plum. Taste: subtle caramel with dark fruits. Very balanced, an English style Barley Wine. Alcohol incredibly well hidden (no way it has over 11% ABV!). Interesting, but it will definitely get more complex after 1+ years. Need to get another bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Mahogany with a bit of haze and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of caramel, figs and leather. Lots going on in the taste. Gotta love the complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1051) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle, Vertical tasting with 2014 old stock, 2012 ostuchi, 2011 Brandy, 2009 Bourbon. All pour similar murky brown with the BA versions being fairly low carb. Aroma is dark fruits and taste is light bitter toasted malt, tasty beer

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (498) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
355ml brown 2010 years vintage brown bottle, rated 11.7% ABV, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is hazy mahogany with a small tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma of caramel, apricot marmalade and raisins. Flavours of caramel, apricot marmalade, toast, raisins, vanilla and oak wood notes. Taste is heavy-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium-full bodied, slightly syrupy texture and soft carbonation. North Coast Old Stock Ale is a great Barley Wine. Balanced and mellow flavours with the alcohol being completely masked, perhaps due to aging this bottle 4 years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (871) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a thin light tan head that lasts. Taste is of wood, bourbon, caramel malt, vanilla, light smoke, fruit and some citrus. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a boozy finish. An excellent brew, that is easy to drink for its alcohol content.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (714) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a clear ruby/caramel with a ring head. Aroma is a mildly sweet caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is balanced. Bready caramel and dark fruits. Medium-high body and carbonation. Smooth texture with a home dry finish. Overall tasty. Would be good aged.


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