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RATINGS: 2171   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
lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pretty excellent, hints of bourbon and packs plenty o buzz. Quite different from the Victory and Sierra Nevada barleywines. Feels a tad hollow but satisfying nonetheless.

2.9
ogonczyk (139) - Ruda Slaska, POLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Malty intense caramel, grain aroma and taste. Some dark fruit notes. Very thick texture, with some alcohol warming. Very unpleasant suspended coagulated residue was not sedimenting after months of standing. Intense gushing.

4.2
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
2011 vintage, fairly hard poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark amber with golden hues and a two finger off-white head. Delicious aroma of caramel and toffee, perhaps a bit of brown sugar and booze. Opens with the smooth taste of caramel, honey, sherry joined by ripe, dark fruit and biscuity tones and finishes ultra-smooth. Pleasant boozy warmth is present throughout. On the lighter side of full-bodied, syrupy with enough carbonation to make itself known with an occasional tickle of the tongue, extremely smooth and silky. Highly enjoyable and a fantastic example of an American-brewed old ale.

4.2
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
88 in catigory, who the hell rates this? Sounds like someone needs to let their brew warm a bit. This stuff is just wonderful. Lots of roast, dark fruit, some wood. This balances the overwhelming heavy dark fruit character in most barley wines very well. It stands out from the crowd. A very underrated prefected brew from a very underated brewery.

4.3
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2003 bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a thin tan head. Aroma is a very fruity scent of red wine, grapes, plums, a bit of spicyness, and light alcohol. The ensuing flavor is sensational: sweet and fruity up front (grape, plum, black cherry), leading to a bit of roasted bitterness, finally giving way to a delicate whiskey finish. The whole flavor had an unidentifiable spicyness to it that I really enjoyed. And I liked the fact that the complex flavors of this barleywine were not masked by the enormous bitterness that Ive experienced in others. Wonderful stuff, and I cant wait to try another bottle after a few years of cellaring.

4.3
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 2004: Pours a dark copper with no head. Has a strong aroma of maple, brown sugar, malts and fruit. Flavor is rich in caramel, malts apple, bourbon and fig. Very smooth and extremely well balanced with much complexity. One of my favorite BWs.

3.5
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
Thanks to HogTownHarry for this one! 2006 vintage. Pours a nice dark brown body with minimal head and lacing. Smell is malt & sweet. Taste is creamy, chewy and sweet but not overbearing. Caramel and malt round it off. Very drinkable for a high 13.5 ABV. I wasnt blown away but was not let down either. Would recommend.

4.1
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. Lovely aroma of figs, lots of sweetness, dried dark fruits, some melon.After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Smooth..lasting mounthfeel..I loved this beer and love the Brewy.One of the best. !!!!!

3.9
Banksiz (134) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2016 2009 bottle, 11.5%. Cherry-port nose giving way to a caramel chocolate. Sweetish, slightly raisiny, heavy velvety body. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness and body. Great strong ale.

3.6
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2004 bottle: sizeable head when poured that quickly fades to a thin bead. This beer is a deep amber/red and clear. Aromas of malt, yeast, alcohol and some restrained hops. The flavor is a little hot with alcohol and seems a bit unbalanced. Perhaps I will get a couple to cellar and see what happens. This was straight from a cold fridge so the aromas and flavors will improve as it warms, but initially it tastes a little rough: strongly malty with a sweetish, sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticable malty, alcohol, yeasty flavor in the finish which is interesting. This beer needs some time to smooth out. I think it has potential however.


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