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RATINGS: 2171   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.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%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

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3.5
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
This review is for the í05 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 Iíd purchase again.

4.2
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottled, 2004 vintage. A great American barley wine with a truly amazing palate. Aroma is full of malts and fruits, and the flavour is sweet and dry. Extremely full palate. Balanced bitter finish.

4.1
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/2008. Clear dark amber body with ruby highlights and a small creamy off-white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma with some woody hints and some fruit and yeast. Big caramel and molassas flavor, more yeasty hints with some fruit in the finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. (8/4/8/4/16) On 02/06/2006. Small creamy yellow head on a murky dark cherry body. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of nuts and molassas. Sweet flavor with molassas tones, very easy to drink for its alcohol content. (8/5/8/4/16)

4.3
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste.

4.9
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Oh man! This may be the barley wine to end all barley wines! Poured muddy brown with a light brown head that diminished quickly. The aroma on this monster is ridiculous. Chocolate, heavy malts, nuts, toasted bread, cookie dough, maple syrup, and roasted goodness. Unbelievable aroma! Had a wonderful thick, heavy, chewy mouthfeel that made it seem like I was eating the beer instead of drinking it. I thought that with that aroma the flavor could not hold up, but to my suprise it did! Chocolate, heavy malts, maple syrup, cookie dough, roasted awesomeness, nuttiness, and a beautiful warming finish from the alcohol. I must point out that I am not usually a fan of warming finishes, but this one is exquisite! All other barley wines must bow down to this creation.

3.1
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage. Deep reddish brown, small tan head. Figs, caramel, biscuit, and alcohol in the aroma. Heavy dark alefruit flavors with overtones of caramel. Spiciness in the finish, with a fusel alchol character. Mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat chewy, and rather hot.

4
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2006
2005 bottle. Will for sure save a few for a while, but still good right away, poured a ruby color with little head. Flavor is abit sweet, but nice. Alcohol is somewhat hidden, should be excellent down the road

4.4
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. Vintage 2004. Pours a murky dark amber with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma, holy shit that smells great, thereís dark fruit, wine, hops, caramel malt, alcohol & spices -- almost perfection. The flavour, which follows the aroma, is just as awesome. Itís incredibly well balanced. The alcohol is very well hidden, impressive considering itís 11.4% -- you canít taste it but you can definitely feel it afterwards. Creamy and medium bodied. Phenomenal, this beer is underrated in my opinion and one of the best Barley Wines Iíve ever had.

3.6
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.

4.2
pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2006
2004 - bottle at 55 F. Pours with smallish beige head leaving no lacing and mostly disappearing within 1 couple minutes. Incredible aroma of dried fruit? apples? Caramelly goodness for sure. Flavor is rich malt with plenty of sweetness. Alcohol is quite apparent. Enough bitterness to counter the sweet but not overly apparent. Nice warm think mouthfeel. Iíll be picking up some more of this to lay down.


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