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RATINGS: 2173   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. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s 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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3.2
Quintana (5) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005 does not count
Sampled out of a bottle in a pint glass. Need to get a nice snifter for my barley wines/strong ales. As strong ales go, way too much alcohol in the taste. Aroma a nice hearty mix of heavy malt, raisin, spice and some fruit and a lovely dark amber color. Mouthfeel and taste too much like a smooth bourbon that brings this score way down (it is still beer after all...). Really looking forward to this one and a bit let down by the harsh flavor of overpowering alcohol that dominated what cold have been a sublte boquet of goodness.

4
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
2004. Aroma is malty, caramel and butterscotch. Ruby with a small toffee head. Taste starts with a full malty profile, then enter those lovely hops, impressively followed by almonds. Medium bodied, extremely well balanced, bitter and dry. Fantastic! Thanks mds!

3.1
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2005
2004 Vintage. - Deep amber colour. Aromatic nose, with notes of demerara sugar, chocolate and dates. Very smooth mouthfeel, but the taste does not keep the promises you get from the nose. Obviously beers like this tend to improve with further ageing, and i think it has some really great potential if left for another couple of years.........

3.5
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
2003 Vintage. All the standard notes of a decent barleywine (e.g. caramel, brown sugar, toffee, some butterscotch), but nothing to write home about. The palate was thinner than anticipated, nothing like J.W. Lees or T. Hardy. Some fruit notes such as bing cherry and red plum compliment the standard flavors. All in all, decent, but very much overrated imo.

3.9
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 2004 Bottle: Dark amber color with a tinny head that dissipated in seconds. Smells of fruit, cherries, and black liquorice. The taste was hoppy with some malt in the background. Like the smell, fruits and cherries with a light alcohol taste. Somewhat reminded me of cherry Nyquil at first. Nice thick smooth body that I imagine would be wonderful on a cold winter day. 7-3-8-4-16; 2005 Bottle. Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and malts. The flavor finds fruits and a chocolate malt background. Light alcohol detected. Medium to full body 8-4-7-4-16

4.2
Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle 2001 vintage poured a clear gaenet with an amber head. Aroma was vinous with dark fruit, brown sugar, and a hint of dark chocolate. Palate was rich, thick and a bit oily leaving nice Brussels lace behind. Flavor was vinous with plum, molasses, and cocoa wiyh a warming bitter finish.

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Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
ugh, are all North Coast brews this strong??? this one was like Cherry Robitussin on speed... another cough curative, sinus clearing, throat burner but with a strong fruitflavor that made it slightly better than Old Rasputin but not much. ouch.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pour is a very murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is strong and earthy. Its a very musty, leathery and dark fruits. Alcohol wallops you in the end and maybe a bit to much. Tasty and different and deffinatly a sipping brew.

3.2
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2004. Caramel, malt and alcohol aroma. Amber and headless. Alcohol isn’t noticeable taste wise, but it does burn the throat and you taste some hop dryness. Still i don’t get a lot of flavor in this. It’s thick and it has a great feel in the mouth, but it doesn’t have much flavor to comment on. Decent enough, but I wasn’t blown away.

4.1
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2003. Pours a deep brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Great aroma of classic "ale". It screams "ale". It’s quite good. Mildly bubbly, but that’s probably held back a little by the ’thickness’. Has a great coating mouthfeel, a dry finish, and a great overall flavor. Nice alcohol warmth. A definite ’buy again’.<P>Update, 1/20/06, 2002 Bottle. Chocolate flavors really come through in this batch. Thick and murky. This one is quite a bit more subdued than the 2003 version. Very pleasant, very drinkable. One of my "craving" beers.


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