RATINGS: 2158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 The aroma is alcohol, oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, raisins and a leaves. The appearance is a reddish brown with a medium head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma with a sweet dark fruit element that accompanies a butter scotch note. The palate is smooth with a lingering aftertaste. Overall its a pretty strong beer and a good beer too but not a great one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 2006 Bottle: 1/16/07 11.6% Rusty copper with a ring of sticky foam. Lots of wood, cherries, molasses and ether in the nose. The body is full, rounded and real malty. I cant wait to try this again in a few years!

2004 Bottle: 3/25/06 Dull cherry colored pour with a uniform, half inch head. Great lacing. The aroma is like smelling a cake or brownies baking in the oven. Sweet chocolate and fudge notes are laced with a fresh pressed cherry sweetness. Chocolate covered cherries. Velvetty smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The body is complex with very little oxidation. Plums, raisins, oak, vanilla, marshmellow, chocolate, caramel...the list goes on. Highly drinkable with a great alcohol warming in the finish. Fantastic!

2001 Bottle: 12/21/06 Absolute bliss. Only the slightest hint of oxidation actually adds complexity. This is pure malt goodness from start to finish. If youve been waiting for the right time to crack this vintage, the time is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
03 vintage. verny nice pours a syrupy reddish brown. thin lacy head. taste like the beer version of cognac. sweet mellow well blended date raisin almost prune like taste with the alcohol peaking through and letting you know its there. very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 2004 vintage. This was my fourth different Barley wine, and by far the best and most balanced. Mellow, sweet caramel taste and aroma is dominant with very low carbonation. This almost tastes like a brandy or cognac. The brewers recommendation is to serve at room temperature and the flavor became even better as it warmed. This is a very drinkable barley wine and the alcohol taste is less dominant than in others I have tasted, at 11.4% it WILL bite you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2006
12 oz bottle- Thanks to Jimmack I was able to try this great beer. Dark amber color with little head, but the aroma takes over. Chocolate and caramel are present with every sniff. Awesome beer with a good amount of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Pours a caramel brown reddish color with a small white beige head. Aroma is of fresh oak,raisins,malts and alcohol. Flavor is filled with alcohol soaked oak,malts and hints of raisins. Very good overall and very strong. A slow sipper. 2006 version (11-28-06). Pours a dark reddish brown color with a beige cream lacing. Aroma is the same as my prior rating. Flavor is a bit hoppier with less alcohol taste than previous years. Amazing that this is over 13%. Will age a few and rerate in a year or so

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a nice deep reddish amber color, slightly cloudy. Medium tan head that dissipates quickly into a constant thin head with very little lacing at all. Aroma is quite oaky with a bit of alcohol and a little raisin and prune.as well Very smooth up front, just a bit of sweet malt. The carbonation is noticable in the mouth feel, leading to a nice silky body. The aftertaste is got quite a an alcohol bite, leaves you puckering a bit even if it finishes quickly, seems a bit young but this got better as it warmed as well. Not much of an alcohol burn, just a twang and then it was gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 12, 2006
12oz bottle. 2001 bottling. Poured into snifter with a nice tan head...that fell leaving just a thin collar at the edges...first impression in the aroma is alcohol...I let it sit for about 10min and come back...carmel, brown sugar, cherries, blueberries, woodiness all appear in the nose...very subtle carbonation with a rich silky body. About as good as a barley gets in that department I think...Sweet finish, but not overdone...this is a mellow beer at this age...I cant recall(no notes) on what I thought of it younger, but I really love its mellow mix of fruitiness and malt...with a touch of earthiness and wood. What age has done blends right in and amplifies this beers character...very luxuriant. No alcohol burn either. Excellant. Too bad its so strong! Definately something to savor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2006
2005 bottle at T.H. Brewster. Hazy, reddish-brown colour with a nice little beige head. Delicious fruity, port-like aromas. Raisiny. Noticeable alcohol. Intense fruity flavours, with a lot of raisins. Sweet, but good balancing bitterness, ending dry. Warming alcohol, full-bodied, medium carbonation. A wonderful barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Dark, deep red. A minimal tan head which fades quickly. The aroma is plum, pear, raisin, molasses. Thick, chewy. Winey flavor, raisen stands out. Surprisingly smooth. Sweet, brown sugar, cinammon, cloves, chocolate. Very complex. Some bitterness in the finish but overall underhopped for my taste. Great for sipping after dinner.

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