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RATINGS: 2170   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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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.

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.

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Velkyal (321) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
On draught in Columbia, SC. Poured a rich mahogany and had an aroma laden with toffee and caramel. Very sweet and malty but with just enough hop bitterness to take the edge off and prevent it being cloying. Deceptively easy to drink for such a big hitting beer. Possibly my beer of choice for the winter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 The first thing I noticed with this beer was the ALCOHOL! BAM!! Then it turns into a nice little ale with a slightly fruity taste. Still, lots of alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 2006 version. Red, sweet and flavorful. Goes down easily, like a lambic but without the strong alcohol taste. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2004. "intended to be laid down:" whatever. Goldbeige head, dissipating in a minute. Body is rich ruby red--I want to mount it in a white-gold settingand wear this 12-oz gem on my thumb. Aroma is cherry, sweet rhubarb pie, and caramel malt. WOW! Alcohol cherry NyQuil flavor. This is peeling the fuzz off my tongue. Sweet, astringent. Does Listerine make a beer? Actually, the alcohol can be felt, but not tasted until the after-swallow nose-exhalation. Spicy and bold. Im impressed that this hits over 11% abv, but I am definitely going to cellar the remaining three bottles for at least a year. Ill update then.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma was not terrible, sweet and sugary notes. Taste was just not good, sweet boozy yuck

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours a rich coppery brown with very light carbonation - not quite enough of a head to cover the top of the beer, though the edge of the head clings to the glass a little. Aroma of a lot of malt, with some fruit and caramel apple. Flavor is again a lot of sweet malt, little to no hops, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied but not overly thick. You just know this one will age well. Would love to try an older version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
2002. Aroma of raisin, molasses, vanilla, port. Strong alcohol but very well handled. Very tingly.


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