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RATINGS: 2149   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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4.2
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
-2003 vintage- Highly effervescent head that bubbles and fizzes nicely but reduces to a small film of bubbles around the edge. Color is dark amber/red, cloudy with a small amount of sediment. Smells extremely vinous with a definate alcohol and sweet fruit note that is pleasant. Overwhelmingly get the smell of alcohol and sweet fruits. Taste is unexpected. There is really a lot happening but here goes. A really wine like quality that live up to the BarleyWINE name. Extremely smooth in your mouth and it is almost sugary as it washes over your tongue, then your brain deciphers it and you get the true tastes. Sweet fruity flavor with a alcohol backbone, I get no hops characteristics whatsoever. A good caramel taste sticks with you in the aftertaste. VERY good.

3.6
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear, deep, brownish ruby with a thin beige head. Aroma: honey, sweet fruits, malt and bourbon. Taste: honey, fruit, malts, hops, bourbon, notes of spice. Long, warm alcohol finish. Soft carbonation. Overall a very good beer: smooth taste, nice body with depth. I plan on letting my other bottles age in the cellar a few years.

4.4
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 2011 bottle. hard to deny the quality in this one. nice mahogany pour, not too big of a head. flavor has tons of toffee, caramel, pale malt, chocolate malt, dark red wine, and assertive but not huge hops. finishes hoppy and alcoholy but very satisfying and warming. i had this with food and the flavors came out more so than any other beer i’ve ever had basically, toffee and smokey overtones. this is one of the most "delicious" beers i’ve ever had. sort of made bigfoot seem simple and wimpy.

4
foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Vinuous, bloody red, alcohol is apparent, a little burn, flavor is not too cloying for a beer of this size. Lots of character in here, and they avoided excessive sweetness so I say it’s good.

3.7
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
really nice barleywine. Alcohol is extremely well masked! Pours a carmel shade of amber with nice white head and some moderate lacing. Big malt all over well balanced for 2007

3.7
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 angel’s share quite a bit). It makes me want to say there is bourbon in it, but I don’t 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. I’m generally not a big barleywine fan, but this one is superb.

4.2
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
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. I’ve had better Barley Wines.

3.8
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.

4.3
circinus (325) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle 35 cl, 2013 edition, from Systembolaget. Clear deep copper with a slightly beige head. Raisins, sweet caramel, generic dark fruit, red apples, figs, brown sugar, syrup. Quite full body, thick syrupy texture, soft carbonation, long sweet fruity finish. Slight alcohol flavour and some warming. Really nice!


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