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RATINGS: 2151   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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3.4
mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Creamy. Fairly one-dimensional. Thin. Quite sweet.

4.1
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
This beer was great. Aged two years, the sweetness of dark fruits (plums or raisins?) really came through. It was smooth and bourbon-like in flavor, and just a great beer in general.

4
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Outstanding beer. Aroma is brandy like, Dark amber in color. Some fruit flavors, very malty, slightly sweet. Very strong, warms the mouth and stomach.

4
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2007
2007: Amber with almost no head (due to high alcolhol content?). Big nose, there is butterscotch, burnt sugar and dark chocolate fudge. Some acidity. Taste is butterscotch and sweet licorace. Malty with a lasting hoppy bitterness in the finnish. Lot of dark fruit and hazel. If there is one critisism it is that the acohol comes out a bit too much, I don’t mind fiery brews but one is a little bit too fiery.

4
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
2006 Bottle, 13.25% ABV. Pours a cloudy mahagony with a fleeting head that dissipates to nothing. Aromas of sweet sticky malts, caramels, toffee, butterscotch and earthy hops. Similar flavors, nice mellow hop profile that intermixes well with the abundance of sweetness, but over the tops. Creamy mouthfeel that really lingers during the finish. A very nice beer that ages exceptionally.

4.3
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2001 vintage. gorgeous color, but too hazy to fully appreciate. pours with little head, dissipating quickly. awsome aromas of malt, frut and alcohol. mix of strong malt and hop flavors in almost perfect balance, with some astringency in the finish.

4.4
Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Cloying sweet and rich Barley Wine, bananas,tropical fruits, and a superb complexity. Taste the flavours blossom as this reaches cellar temperature, rich sweet malts abound here, hops resonate above a creamy full alcohol burst.ahh Winter is coming and this BW will keep you happy on many a Winter's night 2002 Highly Recommended</>

3.7
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2002 vintage. Cloudy mahogany appearance with very small beige head. Strong aroma consisting of grapes(wine) and other assorted fruit - and also toffee. Nice sweet flavor of fruit and caramel malt with a strong alcoholic presence followed by a mild dry malt finish.

3.7
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Vintage 2007. Pour is ruby copper with no head. Aroma is cherry, plum and alcoholish. Flavor is sugary and fruity with alcohol but not overwhelming. Palate is smooth with a slight bitterness. A barleywine that I actually can drink...still the presence of alcohol but bearable.


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