RATINGS: 2161   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - FEB 23, 2006
04 release...Pours a nice swampy amber color with pretty no head. Aroma is very creamy and sugary...some thick fruity sweetness. Oh...this has something to the taste that Ive never had in a beer before. There is a lot of sweet malt and fruity flavor...as well as some hop bitterness towards the end. There is a really woody character to this brew and Ill classify my surprise from above as something to do with this...like a highly finished wood...not quite chemically, but something along those lines. The mouthfeel is very light for its appearance...but it is still intensely creamy...I know I cant explain it. Id very much like to try a 03 and an 05 after having this brew. PS Tons of carmel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3493) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Poured a very clear rusty red with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, nuts, and alcohol - kind of brisk. Not really what I expect for taste, kind of thin, some caramel, nuts, sour, and more alcohol. This was the 2005 vintage, perhaps an aged batch would have suited me better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just dont like barleywines, but I wasnt that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
2004 VintagePours a near-opaque, rich ruby/vermillion with nigh a head except for a thin, white halo. Juicy, caramel aroma, mostly malts with a lick of alcohol and plenty of dark fruits and caramel. (Intoxication intensifies exponentially as it warms.) "Oh my," I actually proclaim as I taste this one. Rich and wooden with the alcohol seriously penetrating, the flavor also finds vinous notes, deep veins of caramel and sweet baked goods... its like being a child again, finding delicious treats in the strangest of places! A thick, syrupy, warming palate rates a "4" until I take into account the soft shroud of drunkeness that blankets me. Perfect.

Gene, you can keep your Old Horizontal... Ive found a BarleyWine worthy of my time ("floor-malted Maris-Otter Malt" my ASS).

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Perfect coloring for a Barley Wine. Nice lemony head to this beer. Excellent aroma consisting of malts, hops and citrus flavoring with heavy sweetness. Supreme taste consisting of fruits and malts. Great ending, one of the better barley wines Ive had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown amber, very little head. Kinda of ugly. Aroma is sweet, malty, with a little alcohol. Not much, considering the ABV. Flavor is mostly the same, kinda fruity. You can taste a good dose of alcohol, but it works well and doesnt distract. Especially since it is damn cold outside today. I must say though, this brew doesnt really stand out for me. Its well made, and it tastes good, but is awfully similar to several other barley wines out there. Still, pretty darn good. Warming and robust, an excellent winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4038) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
Pours a clear dark brown. Very sweet, lots of risidual sugar. Aromas of fruits and malts. Also a nutty alcohol aroma. Could have more hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sudsmeister (78) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnt take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
This review is for the 05 vintage. Very tasty beer with a malty, whiskey, alcohol nose. A little sweet on the first taste but it balances out rather nicely with some bread and chocolate notes swirling around. Finishes rather dry. Very nice and something Id purchase again.

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