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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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3.7
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.

3.8
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2013 vintage in 12oz bottle. Served at 48degs. The beer poured a cloudy caramel color. A thick foamy head persisted for about 15 mins. Aroma is molasses, fermented dark fruit, prune, alcohol and bread (the Maris Otter comes through!). Alcohol and vinous sweetness on the palate. A pleasant bitterness on the finish with a touch of oxidation. This is a big beer and it takes time to sort it out. Thick mouthfeel with a long long finish. Overall, nothing to complain about. It doesn’t feel like there are a lot of silly spice additions to detract from the wonderful malt and the rich gravity of this beer. I have come to expect a lot from North Coast. This beer does not disappoint. It’s a little hot. I have three other bottles that I will let sit another year. Then we will see if the alcohol has mellowed a bit.

3.7
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
08 vintage. very significant alcohol taste. rotten figs, dried parsley, caramel, maybe banana?

4.1
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
2007 bottle from whole foods. pours a dark brown, offwhite head that subsides quickly. aroma is caramel, hint of the hop bitterness. flavor is all fruity caramelly malt, but it’s hopped well enough that the finish is quite dry. laced with figs and some higher alcohols, but not as many as the abv would indicate. I’d be very interested to see how this ages as the hops mellow out. Still, it’s pretty damn good right now.

2.6
JuanFlk80 (348) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2016 Botella 33cl, Tercer Tiempo Tienda (Santander) Cerveza oscura con un fuerte olor y sabor alicorado, no es mi estilo lo cual no quiere decir que no sea una gran cerveza

3.5
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2005 Vintage. Excellent old style ale. Needs to mature to bring out all of its potential, however, it still is worth a fresh once-over.

1.5
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
This is a real easy review. If you enjoy cognac or port, this is the beer for you. If you don’t ABSOLUTELY avoid this beer at all costs (I cannot stress that point any further). Classic barleywine, well made but not for my palate. Once again, if cognac and port are NOT your taste, please refrain.

4.5
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Smells bready, raisionous cherry, with a good alcohol note in there. Nice sized head. Color is a hazy brown/red color. Exceptionally smooth. Some hops, but not a whole lot of hop bite. Has the lively hints of an American brewer. Quite a bit of sweet notes, which melt away the initial shock of alcohol. Tasty and clean aftertaste. I would have preferred less alcohol burn, but that seems to be the only qualm here. Thanks North Coast for making my 200th rate totally worth it. I couldn’t have done it without you. Enjoyability 5/5.

4.6
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - FEB 13, 2004
2001 - thanks to argo0. Nice sweet, malty aroma. Deep, cloudy brown color, but not much head. Very rich beer, complex flavors, malts, vanilla, fruits, and less of an alcohol flavor than you'd expect given the abv. Aftertaste has a hint of bitterness from some mighty fine hops. To put it simply, yum.

3.9
AxeMaster221 (342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy off-white head thats very thin and dissipates quickly. It looks a bit cloudy, but it’s a bit hard to tell with my cold mug beading up. Sweet malty, caramel, with a trace of alcohol heat, but not overly cloying to the palate. Quite enjoyable beer and one of my favorite styles.


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