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RATINGS: 2170   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (6119) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky muddy brown with a good coating of silky creamy light beige head that leaves a smooth slick of head. Aroma started off with notes of orange, honey, raisin, grapes, sherry, cognac, brown bread and maple syrup. Palate is light carbonation over a medium body with a very dry finish. Flavor is not as bold or complex as the aroma and has a good dose of booziness about it. The remainder of the flavor is rounded out with dry toast notes, caramel, toffee, more booze and bread. Nice enough but it didn’t knock my socks off, oh wait my socks are gone it must be from all the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 (2007 bottling) Pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is strong fruity raisin. Nice chocolatey roast malt, toffee Flavour is medium bodied, soft dark fruit alc presence. dusty chocolate and woody vanilla hints. Ive had better barley wines personally. ... 3 bottles into a 4 pack and it’s grown on me now.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1552) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
12 oz bottle of the 2007 edition. Pours red brown with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma is heavy honey, fresh bread, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Flavor is significantly less satisfying. The bread, honey, and caramel come through, but alcohol dominates. A second bottle shows significant improvement, with the alcohol still present but not as strong, bumping up the score a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Must have changed their label. I have one with a yellow label. Wish I could find one of those aged ones, but this is still pretty good. Huge malt aroma. Very pungent. I do wish I could smell more hops, but it still smells nice. Nice dark brown with a thin head that doesnt go away. Nice creamy texture, with a slight hop bitterness hitting the tongue. I mainly taste the hops, and the alcohol is WELL hidden. I have had barley wines with a little bit better of a balance between hops and malts, but this one is all about the malt taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2009
bottle of 2008,red color..easy to drink..barley flavour throughout...Mild flavour..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2007 on tap at Brouwers Hard Liver 09. Pours orange amber with a thin off-white head. Strong nose of hops, licorice, and alcohol. Some brown sugar in the taste. Lots of alcohol. Not bad, but I remember the bottle being much smoother- maybe Ill re-rate later.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2007 Bottle. Pours extremely cloudy. Popped with a good hiss, but no head when poured. Aroma is extremely sweet maltiness and a surprising amount of hops for a two year old beer (reminds me of angels share quite a bit). It makes me want to say there is bourbon in it, but I dont believe that there is. Lots of malty aromas, as well as deep/dark fruits. Taste is lots of alcohol, sweetness, a good malt complexity, and just the right amount of hop bitterness/bite. Im generally not a big barleywine fan, but this one is superb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2002
A very sweet barleywine when had young. Very vinuous although i could see it becoming more so with age. Overall i think this should be aged at least two years before drinking. Still pretty good young though.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
perhaps this beer needed to be aged a little more to apprecatie its beauty. Poured a nice opaque amber color with almost no head. Fruity notes in the aroma as well as alcohol, oak, and some hops. Taste was initally fruity with some candy like qualities. Alochol was present. Taste could have been mre pronounced, i found its flavor to be delicate to say the leasy. Maybe i'll age it for a year or two and re-rate it.


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