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RATINGS: 2148   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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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shawnmurphy (43) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2016
I look forward to this brew every year. I poured a bottle of the 2016 vintage into a Sam Adams Utopias glass, which is the perfect vessel for this sipper. It pours a reddish-brown, which is gorgeous to admire when back-lit. Minimal light tan head with virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, yet teases well what youll be tasting: molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, toasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa . yes, I realize this sounds like Im describing an ice cream sundae! The flavor is all of the above with a mellow boozy burn that slightly singes the nose hairs, thanks to its 11.8 percent alcohol. The mouthfeel is like crme brle on the tongue; a silky, slick, chewy texture. The bottle gives sage advice: age for at least a year to develop even further character and taste characteristics.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (3728) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle, Vintage 2014. Reddish amber color with beige ring. Aroma is raisins, chocolate, figs, booze. Taste is more raisins, sirupy, sweetish booze, warming finish. Fine-bubbled, low-to-medium carbonation. Very nice traditional-feeling brew (I would say Barley Wine, although its not as sweet as many other Barley Wines)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (5790) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
(bottle) slightly hazy ruby-amber colour with a creamy beige head. aroma of baked apple and caramel, with some light brown sugar, musty perfume and cherry juice. flavour is mostly brown sugar and treacle, slightly ethanolic, with a lots of caramel, some black bread crusts and a light roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ritzn (758) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
Dark amber with little white head. Aroma is cherry and lots of caramel, raisins. Lots of caramel sweetness, phenolic stuff. Heavy, oily, Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1731) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 16, 2016
Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste follows with dried raisins, bitter burnt sugar, earthy hops. Medium to light body, medium bitterness, quite dry. A well made old ale but I think its too bitter and earthy for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3981) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2016
2014 bottle from Jonno for my birthday. Cheers! Aroma is marzipan, dark fruit, nutty, light booze. Taste is good, subtle, fruity again, nuts again. No hint of booze, which is a little scary. Rich and fruity. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (1106) - GERMANY - NOV 7, 2016
2015er Flasche. Leicht trbes rot mit wenig Schaum. Malzig, slich, Karamell, fruchtig, Pflaumen, Rosinen, alkoholisch, leicht wrzig.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1202) - , Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2016
notes are vague; will re-rate. caramel nose; of course not as complex as the bbl version but basics are there from the bbl beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2627) - Haugesund, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2016
25.10.2016. 0,355l Bottle. Vintage 2016. 11,8%. Systembolaget. Dark brown colour with almost no head. Unclear and kind of murky. Aroma of dark malts, wood, alcohol, red berries and plum. Almost with notes of wine. Strong and bery rich. Sharp with notes of terpentine. Aftertaste is malty with rich flavours of dark malts, alcohol, red berries and wood. There is also some faint notes of whisky. Not very bitter. Very good!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (5279) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2016
2015 Bottle. Brown with small head. Cocoa and caramel. Dark fruit. Loads of depth. Not that boozy for the abv. Very well done old ale.


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