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RATINGS: 2170   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
(Bottle - 2004) Pours golden/orange, with white, quickly dissapearing, head. Notes of VERY sweet malts, and bitter liquorice dominates. This is a beast of a beer, and it demands a lot from the drinker. Its massive sweetness took my breath away. Magnificent beer!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
No#20. (2001). This is the start of tasting for the lowlands meeting, what an excellent day and id like to thank all the amaizn ppl who i met there for such an excellent time if you read this. Aroma is malty peachy mmm. Taste is a seriously sweet malty beast with a long finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Muddy, amber body. Off-white head. Nose of molasses, white port. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Heavily bitter (long) finish. Fully bodied. Lively carbonation. Heavily alcoholic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2005
2004 bottle. Aroma is magnificent. Alcohol is omnipresent, but enjoyable. As it warms, it warms the soul. This would definitely age well. Thick and sticky as well. Molasses and malt and warm. Tastes like a warm brandy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - OCT 15, 2005
2004 Bottle. Smells of prunes, caramel, malts, coriander, and raisins. Pours a cloudy black tea color with no head and no visible carbonation. Very thick on the palate. Tastes of chocolate, prunes, malts, alcohol, and caramel. Excellent. Id love to try this again in a year or so.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2800) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2004: Extremely nicely crafted. Aroma is so pleasant: full of sweet malt and frut and spice. Cloudy brownish coloration with minimal head. Thick syrupy texture with a definite overload of sweet malt, molasses like, alcoholic warmth, fruity textures like raisin or prune... it has been far too long since I had my last good barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2004: Aroma of cotton candy, toffee, fig, citrus. Appears ruby-brown in color with a thin brown head that dissipates very quickly. Flavor is malty sweet with fruit and bread notes, very bitter on the finish, and with an overpowering taste of alcohol; I should have heeded the label and laid it down for a longer period. Palate is thick, chewy, and appropriate. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts and worthy of any cellar.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1435) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Rerate: 2006 vintage. I notice this years vintage is stronger ABV at 13.25%. Deep red pour with a minimal head. Strong raisin/plum aroma. Port like. Sweet flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. My only complaint with this vintage is that I prefer more hops to counter balance the sweetness. A very fine representative of the barley wine style, even if the beer is a little on the sweet side.

Original rating (11-2005): 2004 vintage. Very rich flavor. Sweetness hits the tongue immediately. A barley wine, cant be mistaken. Reddish color. Small head. Can definitely taste the alcohol. Not like it is unexpected. Caramel flavor. Better as it gets warmer. A good solid overall brew.

Aroma: 9
Appearance: 4
Flavor: 9
Palate: 3
Overall: 15
Total Score: 4.0

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 4, 2005
12-oz bottle, 2004 vintage
This tastes like a quality double or strong Belgian ale masquerading as a barleywine. As a beer, its quite nice. Its aroma is malty, slightly alcoholic and classic Belgian-yeast-nutty. Lightly roasted malt, Belgian-like yeast nuttiness, medium hop bittering and a smidge of alcohol round out the flavor profile. Not much fruit notes for a barleywine. Fairly substantial palate. Pours a clear copper-brown with thin white head. Except for the "old" in the name, I never would have figured this to be a barleywine.


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