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RATINGS: 2166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so its a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coasts 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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 2004 vintage September 2010. Spectacular. Rich toffee with surprising amounts of cocoa. Seems to have done just fine with 6 years in the cellar. Id go around 4.2 or 4.3 2005 vintage
April 2006 at slightly too cold a serving temperature. The beer pours a lovely red-brown, garnet with the light shining through it, a small head that fades quickly to a swirl of fine foam at the center of the glass. The aroma is candied grapefruit and a hint of toffee; the flavor is rich and complex, plenty of sweet toffee, malts that dance and engage, bits of citrus though not the heavy orange muscat we get with many barleywines, and less hop prevalence than I expected. Spices, alcohol warmth, a smooth mouthfeel that massages the tongue. Marvellous beer, and this one hasnt even aged. Im eager to see what this beer does with a few years in the cellar. Ill be laying this one down in good measure.

September 2007. The grapefruit is all but gone in the aroma; toffee and vanilla dominate the nose now. The flavor is getting very smooth, gently sweet with delightful citrus candy tones, woody in the finish, light well-integrated spices, mild smoky peat bringing a single-malt character, marvellous mouthfeel that is full-bodied and lacking any hint of the alcohol. Id dial this one in at about 8/4/9/5/17 for a 4.3 one tenth of a point above listed previously.

May 08 Cellar temperature. Toffee, spicy single-malt scotch, alcohol a bit more prominent than I remember. Still hovering around 4.3
June 09 Cellar temp. All toffee and honey, maybe starting to thin out just a bit? Actually getting kind of hot in the mouthfeel, but still very nice. More like 4.0 this time.
Dec 09Yep, on the downslide. Still darn good, though.
2006 Vintage
October 2006. Malty nose of fresh-baked whole wheat bread, drizzled with honey and topped off with orange marmalade. The flavor is sweet and candied, toffee and oranges, lots of coconut, grapefruit and ample alcohol , again not as heavy on the hops as one might have expected. This year, its gone from 11.4 to 13.2, and its just too damn hot (not to mention [ sadly my ratings were cut off here at some point ] 8/4/9/4/17 2012 tasted Feb 2014. A bit too much burnt caramel and booze. OK but not a 4.2 barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1968) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
The 2005 ale is on the East Coast. This was purchased at the Carytown Square in Richmond, VA. The pungent nose was much like home brew aromas. In my youth I made home brews that had a similar aroma when opening the bottle. The color was clear dark amber. It is very attractive. The high alcohol overpowers some its characteristics. It is a drink to sip and enjoy slowly. My beer temperature may have been too cool. It is more like wine than a beer. The hops and malt do express themselves. The finish was a little thin and not as full as some beers that I enjoy. Since this is a vintage type product it should be rated based on the year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2006
2005 Deep amber color with very little head. Very light carbation. Spicy sweet aroma. Flavor is also sweet and spicey. Slight initial alcohol warming. Smooth finish with no lingering after taste. Sets on the stomach pretty warm. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3825) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 2004 bottle, Poured into Hennessy snifter. No head of course. Color is dark copper, slightly translucent. Aroma is great, not overbearing. Less hops in the aroma than an Old Horizontal. I prefer the less hoppy ones and this is perfect but above the average British BW. The flavor is sweet with a nice bitterness at the end. For me a great balance of a west coast BW without the overbearing hops. Going to let another bottle sit around for a few years and then rerate. 8/4/8/4/17.

Rerate 9/27/06: Well, I am overtaken by how different this 2006 bottle came out. I mean I get all these sherry notes which I never got before. I taste no overbearing hops and this has become the traditional BW. Its extremely mellow, with a very moderate bitterness. Lots of sweetness but the sherry and the mellowness just blow me away now. Ill keep a few of these bottles as well. 9/4/9/4/17

Rerate: 7/25/07. 2003 bottle. This was picked up for me by gotmos at a store, so basically its been on a self for about 4 years. Poured into a snifter with a strong but thin head. Soon fades to absolutely nothing and leaves a dark copper, dead looking body. Aroma is strong and so is the taste with lots of alcohol, makes my nostrils stand up. It hides a lot of the raison biscuit in the beer. Taste also ends with some bitter, bitter chocolate flavor. This is the least favorite of the beers I have had, a complete alcohol bomb. Possibly an effect of the poor strong or maybe its just not so good of a batch.6/4/7/4/14.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
2004 bottle. Complex aromas with malt basednotes of molasses, caramel, some chocolate, comlemented by some herbal and spicy hops. Rich and chewy mouthfeel leaving a resinous coating. Sweet malt flavors dominate with caramel, toffee, and molasses. Peppery and piney hops balance the sweetness. and help to dry out the finsih which nonetheless remains a little on the sweet side. Satisfying and complex, best enjoyed after it warms. Not as hoppy as many American barley wines, but more like a traditional English example.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesnt do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. Needs warming. Beautiful active brown with barleywine head-ring. Rum raisin ludens coughdrop aroma. Nice michal lace. Chocolate rum cake! Sloppy liquid creamy, sweet, thick like cake. Delightful. Plan to take your time with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
2005. Bottle pours a clear, very dark amber brown color with a small, frothy, light brown, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is warm, sweet and oh-so inviting: malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of herb; yeasty with light notes of damp basement, moderate notes of dough; miscellaneous components include heavy notes of raisin/date, moderate note of cognac, moderate note of alcohol, light note of vanilla and green apple, traces of smoke and oak/wood. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, deeply tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. Not as lush in the mouth as the aroma promisedkind of a downer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
a thicker than expected bber this one is damn good. great malt combo and a good grab if you can catch it in its limited release

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2006
2001 vintage 12 oz bottle via trade with alanc - Thanks Alan! - Pours dark amber brown with not much of a tan head but enough to leave a little lacing. Aroma is raisins, prunes, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate. Flavor is much as the aroma. Big notes of dark fruits and a good malt background. Not a big hop presence at all but that could be due to the age. Smooth and mellow yet full bodied for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Nice brew!


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