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RATINGS: 2161   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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3.9
beerplace (2332) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Vintage 2013. Aroma is malty, molasses, fruity, slightly sour. Taste is very sweet, bourbon, dark fruits. Slightly boozy. Good stuff.

3.5
Zlotta (4158) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’Bierkompass’, 2014 vintage. Clear, very deep ruby with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, malty and quite fruity aroma of raisins, prunes, candied cherries, toffee and vanilla. Rather sweet, very malty and slightly fruity taste of raisins, prunes, vanilla, toffee and candied cherries, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, moderately warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice, not as deep as expected or hoped, still quite hot, a bit too fizzy as well. Nevertheless a satisfying sipper.

4.3
tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 8, 2016
4-pack from Willows Market in Menlo Park, CA (2016 Vintage). Aroma is boozy Creme Brulee, raisins, caramel, hazelnuts, some herbal liqueur. Taste is boozy (but not overpowering), caramel, raisins, roasted nuts, some spicy herbal yeasts. Carb is super soft and creamy. Su-perrrrrb!

2.9
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
Thanks to Chris for this beer! Vintage ’16. Bière en-deçà de mes atte tes qui je dois l’admettre, étaient pour une raison que j’ignore, bien hautes. Robe entre le rouge et le brun pourvue d’une fine tête qui se résorbe en ne laidsant qu’un mince anneau blanc cassé. Beaucoup de sucre au nez; un sucre d’orge qui ne me convient pas. De la figue, du sirop fe canne. C’est annonciateur d’un liquide difficile à boire pour moi. En bouche je ne ressens aucune complexité. Le liquide ne propose que des saveurs à mon goût fades et sans intérêt de sucre de canne. Je ne décèle rien d’autre. Grand manque fe complexité, cette bière se trouve certainement dans le top-50 de son style en raison des brassins précédents qui je l’espère, furent de loin supérieurs à celui-ci.

4
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Tap; pours dark brown with thin white head; aroma of malt, dried fruits, caramel, and a hint of vanilla; taste is light sweet with caramel, fruits, malt, and a touch of vanilla; dry, alcohol warming finish

3.9
Rask0lnikov (1584) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle. Vintage 2015. Thanks, Harri! Reddish-brown mahagony colour. No head. Berries, sweetness, caramel, toffee in the aroma. Slight bitterness, herbal notes at first. Berries, some spices in the middle. Berries also in the end. Dry, white wine like finish. The bubble in the middle is very similar to prosecco. Texture makes the taste of the berries even more powerful. Rather medium bodied, rather low carbonated very good old ale with very plesent and interesting mouthfeel.

3.8
martjoobolut (5360) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle, 2015 vintage (from some webshop). Pours dark red amber. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, fruits, malt. Alcohol is mostly covered. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall: very good.

3.8
MelvinKalksma (1833) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruit, chocolate, nuts and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque dark orange/brown beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, dried fruit and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with nuts and roasted malts. br />
Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Does not manage to be super remarkable with its flavours, but still tastes great.

3.8
kapusil (1565) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 19, 2016
0.355l bottle. Hazy orange body with a beige head. Aroma and taste of orange zest, caramel, roasted malts, orange zest and booze. Nice beer.

4.7
shawnmurphy (673) - 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 you’ll be tasting: molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, toasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa …. yes, I realize this sounds like I’m 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 crème brûlée 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.


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