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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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4.1
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2002 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, with a small amount of tan head, nice fine lacing. Aroma is dominated by malt and alcohol. Lot of malt in this one, and the hops complement it rather than jumping into the forefront. Alcohol is less noticeable on the palate than it is in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel.

4
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
2007 Vintage. Pours a reddish brown color w/ a creamy head. Aroma is really nice - sweet, with some cantaloupe and a bit of toasty malt. Flavor is malt-forward with some metallic tones. Very dry, lots of spice coming through, including some yummy black pepper. Some noticeable red wine vibes. Not at all the palate you would expect from the aroma, but it’s still mighty enjoyable.

3.4
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Nose of thick malts. STRONG alcohol finish, almost like the end of a sip of whiskey. But overall flavor is of caramel malts, hop bitterness, and some dried fruit tones. Low carbonation. If not for the alcohol, this gets a higher score.

1.2
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 I did not like this beer. Although I appreciate its complexity, it was too much like drinking hard alcohol. I usually like high alcohol beers, especially barley wines, but this ale did not attempt to mask the alc at all. Try Old Horizontal or Hair of the Dog Fred for a GOOD barley wine.

4
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Average looking beer- red color, maybe on the brown side of red, with a small white lacey head. A lot of alcohol in the aroma, but it doesnt mask the other smells- which include grapes, caramel, sweet malt, and hops. The palate is thick, creamy (almost sticky). The flavour matches the aroma pretty well, especially the caramel and grapes, and the alcohol doesnt dominate here but instead complements the flavours nicely. There is nothing subtle about the aroma/flavors of this one- its strong, full bodied and complex. I really enjoyed it!

3.5
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Nuts, dried citrus fruits, candy, and barley in the nose. The taste is similar with a good amount of hops and barley balancing eachother. The pour was a deep mahogany with an off white head. Interesting beer.

3.4
Weezel (280) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a murky brown with little head. Very carbonated at first and taste if raisins, dark fruit and hoppy bitterness to finish. Needs some time but after tasting prior aged vintages it will stand up.

2.6
Vestlake (279) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
I didn’t like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly don’t get the style. I guess if you like the style, you’ll like this well enough.

3.8
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
2008: Pours a beautiful amber/brown with a small yellowish head. Very malty aroma, caramel, brown sugar, a little vanilla, and roasted espresso. Initial flavor is delicious caramel malts and sticky sweet, but then it transitions to an herbal, light hop finish that’s a little clashing. Maybe I can be patient and hold a bottle of this for a year or two. Good base, just needs some age I think.

3.9
AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 Taste is caramel, nuts, apricot and very malty. Leaves with a good strong afterburn with some lingering hoppy notes.


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