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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%


Tonkun's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2012 bottle Otsuchi commemorative release. Copper pour with a nice but quickly fading head. Toffee, caramel, raisin, bread. A bit of vanila. Silky and smooth despite the complexity and body. Will be much better after several year but is still very good. A beer to sip. Cannot wait to have this in 3-5 years.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (327) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2013 vintage in 12oz bottle. Served at 48degs. The beer poured a cloudy caramel color. A thick foamy head persisted for about 15 mins. Aroma is molasses, fermented dark fruit, prune, alcohol and bread (the Maris Otter comes through!). Alcohol and vinous sweetness on the palate. A pleasant bitterness on the finish with a touch of oxidation. This is a big beer and it takes time to sort it out. Thick mouthfeel with a long long finish. Overall, nothing to complain about. It doesnít feel like there are a lot of silly spice additions to detract from the wonderful malt and the rich gravity of this beer. I have come to expect a lot from North Coast. This beer does not disappoint. Itís a little hot. I have three other bottles that I will let sit another year. Then we will see if the alcohol has mellowed a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
12 oz bottle. 2014 offering. Pours dark honey/burnt orange color. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, anise, raisin. Flavor of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, touch of anise. A sweeter beer, but well balance. Quite a nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkeh (175) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2014. Pour is dark red, almost a cranberry juice color. Minimal head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is raisin, caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, and a little bit of alcohol sweetness. Taste is big raisin and caramel, as well as some alcohol warmth. Pretty good Barleywine, but not my fave.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1600) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Nose is chewy raisins and malt. Pour is murky brown. Taste is malty sweet with an alcohol warming. A little oxidized.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (615) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2007 bottle from mcbahkus. Pours a cloudy murky brown. Aroma is malty boost. Taste is sweet, malty, raisin, alright for being so damn old.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2714) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
355ml bottle (2014 vintage) from Good Spirits Company, Glasgow - clear brown, non-existent head, treacle toffee aroma, viscous, treacle toffee flavour, low carbonation

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (598) - SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H a reddish brown ale with candied sugar aroma taste is dark fruits brown sugar and sweet malt carmel and toffee on the finish

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3172) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
12oz bottle shared with mr_h. Reddish brown, reasonable head. Barley malt aroma. Barley sugar flavour. Strong sweet alcohol aftertaste. Not my thing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RevBFG (53) - - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours hazy copper color with tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is bready and malty. Taste is strong in malts and caramel with some fruit and a lot if alcohol tossed in for good measure. Slightly carbonated with a sticky mouthfeel. Terrific beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
e303 (49) - - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle to snifter. 2014 bottle. Aged three years. Pour is copper with a tiny head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, a bit bready. Taste follows through but adds an alcohol burn. Finish is smooth. Good shit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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