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RATINGS: 2134   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Not bad. I had the 2003 vintage and found it some how slightly similar in taste to that of the doghead fish stout. Definetly a lively ale with a unique taste but I have had better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4046) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
This is a big one. Nose drips with thick, pungent fruit, molasses, pine and a small hint of chocolate. Clear brown amber in the glass with about fifteen or twenty minutes worth of head--four oz or so if youre taking your time. Hop bite comes up front and smooths to a big, syrupy mouthfull of fruit which in turn fades to unashamed alcohol and earthy hop bitterness. Definitely harsh around the edges. Some aging would hopefully tame this but as it is, its a slow sipper that needs some getting used to before you can explore the full range of its flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6026) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
strong hoppy aroma. Also vinous notes and some carmel. Pours a nice copper brown, minimal head. Strong alcohol and sweet flavours typical of the style. Date is unknown as it is not listed on the bottle but Im assuming its this years vintage. Alcohol warming in your gullet and a nice wallop as the alcohol hits the system. i would be interested in trying some aged versions.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 4, 2005
12-oz bottle, 2004 vintage
This tastes like a quality double or strong Belgian ale masquerading as a barleywine. As a beer, its quite nice. Its aroma is malty, slightly alcoholic and classic Belgian-yeast-nutty. Lightly roasted malt, Belgian-like yeast nuttiness, medium hop bittering and a smidge of alcohol round out the flavor profile. Not much fruit notes for a barleywine. Fairly substantial palate. Pours a clear copper-brown with thin white head. Except for the "old" in the name, I never would have figured this to be a barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (992) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Murky brown appearance. Aged for a year. This is much better now than when it was fresh. Flavors have blended together and the rough edges are gone. Lots of flavors going on. The most dominant is chocolate and some cognac flavors too. Drinkability isnt that great though. Still pretty sweet and too much alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 2010-07-12. Dark brown body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Modest alcohol starts off the aroma, lightly fruity, dark fruit, caramel, touch of oxidation. Flavour is richly malty and fruity, light bitterness and moderate alcohol dry it out somewhat. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty solid, and grows on me more as it goes on. I think this ma be a bit older than optimal, perhaps the ideal is somewhere between a year and multiple years. 7+/3+/8/4/15 - 3.6 2006 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarry

2005-12-XX. Hazy orange tinged dark brown body, with a small beige head. Boozey malt and hops dominate aroma with a touch of caramel and whisps of vanilla. Flavour starts out with lots of malt up front, some caramel, quickly giving way to dry alcohol and accents of hoppy bitterness. Some fleeting glimpses of fig or date like fruitiness awash in a boozey current. The initial finish contains all the best elements of this brew, well rounded caramel malt but does not last long into the aftertaste. Medium palate. Nice beer that misses the mark a bit because the alcohol dominates too much. Thanks for sharing this bottle Harry. 6/3/8/4/14 - 3.5 2004 Vintage

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
2005. Bottle pours a clear, very dark amber brown color with a small, frothy, light brown, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is warm, sweet and oh-so inviting: malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of herb; yeasty with light notes of damp basement, moderate notes of dough; miscellaneous components include heavy notes of raisin/date, moderate note of cognac, moderate note of alcohol, light note of vanilla and green apple, traces of smoke and oak/wood. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, deeply tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. Not as lush in the mouth as the aroma promisedkind of a downer.


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