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RATINGS: 2166   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Dark, deep red. A minimal tan head which fades quickly. The aroma is plum, pear, raisin, molasses. Thick, chewy. Winey flavor, raisen stands out. Surprisingly smooth. Sweet, brown sugar, cinammon, cloves, chocolate. Very complex. Some bitterness in the finish but overall underhopped for my taste. Great for sipping after dinner.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2007 Bottle. Pours extremely cloudy. Popped with a good hiss, but no head when poured. Aroma is extremely sweet maltiness and a surprising amount of hops for a two year old beer (reminds me of angels share quite a bit). It makes me want to say there is bourbon in it, but I dont believe that there is. Lots of malty aromas, as well as deep/dark fruits. Taste is lots of alcohol, sweetness, a good malt complexity, and just the right amount of hop bitterness/bite. Im generally not a big barleywine fan, but this one is superb.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
2008 version. Pours a dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of sour apple. Very heavy feeling on the mouth. Not as smooth as I expected. Ive had better Barley Wines.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2011 vintage, 12 oz bottle in snifter. Cloudy, rusty dark amber pour with just a thin ringer of slightly off-white head. Boozy, fruity aroma with a lot of caramel and toffee character. Notes of figs, prunes, strawberries, and bready malts. Flavor is still boozy, though less so than I remember from when I first bought it about 9 months ago. Slightly oxidized flavor that faded as it warmed. More fruity than I remember. Picking up a big strawberry note for some reason, along with the plum and toffee. Finish is sweet with a burnt sugar aftertaste. Still a little hot. Palate is thick and chewy. This one seems to have aged pretty well in its year in the basement. Much less alcohol burn, and more fruity esters have developed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2007 on tap at Brouwers Hard Liver 09. Pours orange amber with a thin off-white head. Strong nose of hops, licorice, and alcohol. Some brown sugar in the taste. Lots of alcohol. Not bad, but I remember the bottle being much smoother- maybe Ill re-rate later.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
03 vintage. verny nice pours a syrupy reddish brown. thin lacy head. taste like the beer version of cognac. sweet mellow well blended date raisin almost prune like taste with the alcohol peaking through and letting you know its there. very good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. A clear reddish golden beer with a very thin, disappearing head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of citrus, cherries, malts. Taste is heavy sweet, almost cloying but not really unpleasant. The alcohol is well hidden. Has a honey-sweet finish, with maybe the smallest bit of dryness on the end. Medium-full bodied, syrupy, with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Very enjoyable barleywine. I had it on a trip back in March, however, so the details escape me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
North Coast Ole Stock Ale Pours copper with a thin white had and no retention. Strong aroma of booze, malt and dark fruits. Some spiciness as well. Flavor is sublime, barley wine that had aged. Somewhat bourbony, with sweet maltiness and a diminished hop character. Tastes like it has already aged some even though it is a 2010 bottle. I want some to lay down for a few years. Good shit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle - 2006. I am confused off the bat, the bottle states 11.6%. Oh well, time to get crackin! Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is caramel, sweet fruit, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor is full of sweet fruit, caramel, and plums. The alcohol is not completely masked but it certainly doesnt take away from the beer. The alcohol greats a nice firey taste. I wouldnt mind trying some older vintages to see how it ages.


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