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RATINGS: 1925   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%


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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, - DEC 11, 2010
I just don´t get it. 2010 bottle. Pours brown-amber with big tan foam. Aroma is earthy, caramel, chocolate, eggy and alcohol. Taste is quite high sweetness, dark fruit, butterscotch and alcohol. Body isn´t as full as one could expect. Or is it just the alcohol that comes threw and makes it feel thiner. Palate is sticky and have some slickness to it if you get pass the alcoholic finish that overpowers any hoppiness. Soft carbonation. OVERALL: Too alcoholic tasting, the alcohol totally dominates the flavorprofile in this Barley Wine. And I´m not one to shy away from high alcohol beers but it should be masked by, first malt or even hops. And any low flavor of alcohol should only add to other flavors. This might be a beer for strickly cellering but how much better can it get when it´s crap somewhat fresh.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1738) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Drank a 2010 - 2014 vertical with my homie Asa. Rich complex caramel maltiness and deep ripe aged fruits. Booze was obvious in the newest version. Almost sherry like with bits of vanilla. It was a consensus that 2011 was the best, but this is certainly a beer that ages gracefully and works better with age than most beers I’ve. Easy, cheap way to have a fun vert tasting.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Unde (351) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Reddish brown colour with fluffy beige head on top. Aroma has spices, tannin, wooden notes and anise. Resembles a lot of sherry or cognac. Taste has tannin, wood, spices, berries and anise. But this is covered by a wave of alcohol washing through and making this beer a very hard to drink. Full body and medium-to-low carbonation can’t save this one. A huge disappointment, not what I expected from Barley Wine at all.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1024) - - AUG 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-28-13- Served on tap in a snifter glass Appearance – Served a mahogany colored brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head faded rather fast giving way to a persistent foam and a great level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel smell. Mixed with this aroma are smells of a dark fruit, roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness and vanilla. A bit of a boozy, rum like aroma accompanies all these creating a quite complex and warming smell. Taste – The taste begins with sweet flavors o toffee and caramel mixed with some roasted malt flavors. A light dark fruit flavor of cherry then enters the taste as well as a little bit of vanilla. Soon after these tastes hit the taste buds so too dose a mild oaky and nutty like flavor. Toward the middle to the end the booziness that was hinted at in the nose becomes known. In the end the now nicely warming and boozy flavor of the brew, when mixed with the sweet and roasted flavors leaves a rather sweet and toasty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfell – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a 11.9 % brew(but thick if comparing to an average brew) with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly higher side. A little less carbonation and more creaminess may have better suited the boozy and sweet flavors of the brew keeping it, as is more appropriate, as a sipping beer. Overall- A rather tasty and slightly boozy brew. The only thing really holding it back from greatness is the weak body, but otherwise it is quite fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsnicholas (119) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy reddish brown. Smells a little boozy and sweet, but well balanced. This is not a very hoppy brew. Very tasty and a new regular for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1380) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
The 2009 vintage, with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops. Thin, off-white head, colour deep bronze. Complex aroma, temptingly perfumed with raisins, candied dates, pear syrup, cranberries, madera, sherry, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice... Rich fruity taste on a deep sweet, honeyish and caramelly malt base, full and vinous, retronasal all the good things from the aroma come back and further decorate the palate, hop bitter finish with nice warming alcohol. Very well-balanced, rich and elegant provision ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (568) - ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Clear amber with a nice head. Malty and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, malts, dried fruits and caramel, quite boozy. Medium-full bodied. Heavy but pleasant mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (195) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and I’m not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11415) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
June 2009. Clearish maroon with absolutely no head whatsoever. Very very sweet, without any hops to balance the malt. Not much of a finish. Pass.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiffNilsson (212) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Rödbrun vätska med obefintlig brungul skumkrona som försvinner snabbt. Doften är syrlig och frisk. Smaken är kraftfull med markerad beska och stor kropp. Lite spritig i karaktären men inte påtagligt. En helt ok barley wine, men den vinner säkert på att lagras ett år eller två.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (150) - - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a redish brown body with a thin head. Aroma of syrup. Rich taste of syrup and bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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