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RATINGS: 2144   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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3.9
madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.

3.8
deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Nice full aroma of sweet barley, some alcohol is present. Flavor is good, but the alcohol is quite present. I enjoyed it.

4
rosenbergh (11613) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2010
355 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. From Sweden. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and could it be touch of alcohol. Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, malt, caramel, bitter hops and sugar in flavour. Warming nicely. Balanced and rich. Surprisingly easy to drink.

3.6
Meilby (11517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle 355ml vintage 2009 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours murky brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle. Woody toffee malt, cherry, and hay aroma. Hazy orange-brown color with small head. Sweet apple/cherry, toffee malt, and bitter hay/alcohol flavor. Body kind of light.

3.8
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This is a great beer. I have rated this beer. I don’t know why it no longer appears as a beer that I have rated. Not gonna do it again right away. So go with my score and the verbiage from the brewer and other Ratebeerians. If you enjoy other barley wines that I have rated highly, this one will certainly not disappoint.

4.1
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Tasting at Brewtopia. Great cloudy amber color with a light beige head. Aromas are all over the place. I get sweet hops, vanilla, caramel, spices and some woody notes. Flavor is really nice. Caramel, wood, malt, toffee, floral hops and just a great body make this a superb beer. I cannot believe it took me this long to try it.

3.7
faroeviking (10988) - Citizen above universe pendejo, FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours mahogny red colour. Sweet caramel, roasty, dark fruit, alcoholic aroma. Very sweet, caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, smokish with liquorice, spiced flavour.

3.9
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Old Stock
Date: February 04, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Cellar Stock
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: opaque brown, scant head
Aroma: rich fruit aroma hits you nose before you finish getting the top off, but once you do you’re treated to a rich ripe plum and raison aroma
Flavor: all malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit, dates and raisons, a perfect touch of sweetness, no bitterness but well balanced

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Vintage: 2001
Words: vertical
Aroma: rich fruity malt aroma
Flavor: lots of rich fruity flavor
Overall: warming, smooth

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 08, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2001
thining out a bit, still very rich fruity caramel character, very tasty but may be close to the extent of the age,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: December 08, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: opaque dark amber
Aroma: sweet ripe plum aroma with light floral hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, lots of alcohol but not too estery, the malt flavor takes on lots of complex ripe fruit essence after it warms and the alcohol fades

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Vintage: 2002
Words: vertical
hot malt flavor with some nice ripe fruit, a touch of bitterness,

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2002
still some sweet hot caramel but the alcohol is almost faded with just a peppery character remaining, sweet dark caramel and rich ripe fruit rule the show with the alcohol only a minor distracton,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, vertical
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: muddy brown, headless
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a hint of fruit
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: November 06, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma
Flavor: flavor is really drying out and letting the earthyness come out, just a touch of fruit, long bitter finish, alcohol still hanging around
Overall: not getting any better

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2004
Words: vertical
Appearance: crystal clear amber, scant head
Aroma: light malt aroma
Flavor: hot malt flavor, touch of fruity character that grows richer

Name: Old Stock
Date: September 08, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2004
Aroma: sweet rum raison aroma
Flavor: hot caramel flavor with a good fruity character
Overall: still needs more time for the alcohol to blend

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 19, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Harry’s
Vintage: 2005
Words: vertical
Appearance: crystal clear, headless
Flavor: rich malt flavor, sweet malt flavor, light alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: June 09, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: dark clear blood red, whispy fine tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great ripe plum character, light sweetness, long bitter finish, hot alcohol builds up after a while

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: July 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2006
rich sweet dark fruit aroma and flavor, lots of sweet figs and dates, plenty of alcohol

Name: Old Stock
Date: August 06, 2006
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: clear dark blood red, whispy beige head that quickly disapates after a short rouse
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: hot sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character that needs time to develop

Name: Old Stock
Date: January 06, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.3
Appearance: slightly hazy dark ruby red, frothy beige head
Aroma: rich dry caramel malt aroma with light fusel alcohols
Flavor: flavor has lots of hop bitterness well balanced with rich caramel malts and a touch of fruity character, a bit alcoholic

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: April 15, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of alcohol, lots of fruity character, a small amount of earthly bitterness adds some balance but does not detract from the malt character
Overall: starts off very nice young, should age very well

Name: Old Stock
Date: March 13, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.8
Appearance: hazy dark amber with a ruby hue, fine off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a nice fruity character balanced by light earthy hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor enhanced by dark caramel sweetness, good earthy balance lets the fruityness shine

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: June 26, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: light sweet fruity aroma with a lot of earthyness drying it out
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor, lots of fruity character, ripe plums, light earthy balance, touch of alcohol heats up the caramel to make a hot caramel character, light bitter finish
Overall: this one needs age more than the last couple of years

Name: Old Stock
Date: December 12, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: rich fruity aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, very fruity

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: July 10, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, big beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate and caramel flavor, brown sugar sweetness, touch of fruityness emerges from the rich sweet caramel

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Stock
Date: August 22, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark caramel, light earthyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, caramel candy sweetness, dark fruits, hint of chocolate
Overall: this year seams perfect from the start

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4.2
DocLock (10745) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.


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