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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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours clear, burgundy copper with a short head that drains down quickly. Moderate carbonation that only really appears at nucleation sites on the glass. Sweet, alcoholic nose with some candied fruit notes. Nice. Sugars and alcohol right up front on the first taste followed by some dried apple. Bit of acetic acid maybe, with some bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste. I agree with the other reviews - "Spicy" is a good descriptor. The alcohol is totally here to stay. It dominates the mouthfeel on this one. Carbonation is pleasant. That ethanol dryness and the numbness hits quickly, though. Overall, decent but the alcohol is way too up-front. They need to tone it down in the next iteration, or find a way to mitigate it - some beers work, this one doesnt. It tries, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a super hazy dark burnt orange with a small off white head. Lots of raisins and caramel malt on the nose, vanilla, dark cherry, and maybe a touch of milky chocolate. Lots of cherry on the taste, a little fig and plum, and then lots of caramel/vanilla flavors, and maybe some brown sugar. Not overly sweet, enough maltier notes to cut through the fruity notes at the front of the tongue. Very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2004 vintage... Poured an amber brown color with a mediium lasting head. Spicy aroma with a malty sweet flavor of Bananas, Figs, and Raisins and a heavy flavor of Brandy. Nice thick mouthfeel and well balanced.. Much different from any other Barleywine I have tasted but very good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Dark ruby-brown pour with a disappearing white head, aroma is dried fruit and oak, flavor is strong with malt and bitterness, well balanced and thick, finishes dry, slightly bitter and keeps the dried fruit presence throughout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Very special, highly decadent and for me, tough to find. This is the beer to end an excellent meal or to start a conversation with someone who may not appreciate brews. An fantastic depth of Christmas cake, rum soaked raisins and vanilla in the smell. The alcohol is present at first whiff and stays throughout but is never intrusive. Flavors of sweet mellow peppermint candy and vanilla sweetend butter meld together with a smokey charred alcoholic finish. Supple, rich and slick is the body on this beauty leaving sugar smacked lips to savor. Wow, always a treat. Dont know what I wouldnt do for the brandy version. This is excellence. Thank You North Coast. 2009 12 oz.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
02.01.13. Bottle. Not much foam, beige color though. The beer is a clear, dark copper. Aroma of some yeast, sweet, malty, some berries. Taste consists of a bit of coffee, alcohol, dryish bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol & bitter finish.

I would have hoped for sweetness in the flavor. Nasty bitterness. Not for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (250) - Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2016
opaque amber color with a thin tan head that goes away. aroma is caramel, dark fruit, and yeast. Flavor is caramel, raisin, leather, and booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lopisar (249) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
Malty smoky aroma. Reminds of whiskey. Brown reddish color. Sweet taste and a little boozy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
OK. Thats it. Im not trying any more barley wines. Ive tried three top ones from rate beer, and I havent liked any of them. To each his own, I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
12 oz, 2007 vintage. powerful and complex sweet and hoppy aroma with lingering alcohol. this would defiantly mellow out with some aging but i didnt want to weight. the taste is thick, powerful and sweet. malt and the familiar earthy english hops. the lingering bitterness is intense but enjoyable. the body is thick and sticky which causes that lingering bitterness to almost never stop. hides the alcohol in the taste but is noticeable in warmth. an amazing complex beer.


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