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RATINGS: 2156   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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3.7
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Strong alcohol presence, nice balance between the malt and bitterness. Worth trying again.

3.7
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
Didn't know what to expect from this one at all. Aroma is sweet, almost like molasses. The head is very small, almost nonexistent in my glass, but the color is a nice deep amber. The taste is totally intense---sweet, almost cloying at times, with lots of malt and some hops too, but not as much as I expected. In that respect, this reminds me more of a concentrated Fuller's Vintage rather than something like Old Foghorn. In other words, I wouldn't know this was a barley wine unless someone told me. I expected much more hops here, especially given the commercial description. I love the taste, but yet I don't. To be honest, it reminds me of cough syrup---the strong, alcohol-based kind. I don't mean that in a bad way, believe it or not. In this mixture, it works, at least to a large extent. There isn't any really hoppy bitterness in this except a brief, sharp moment before the alcohol takes over and numbs everything. It only becomes sweeter as it warms, and a bit more viscous. I like it...alot...or maybe it's the alcohol talking from the bottle I just finished, but I definitely have not tasted anything quite like it before. An acquired taste, to be sure.

3.7
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Aroma is sweet and chock full of toffee. Flavor is smooth and rich, though not as vinous as the nose suggests. Lots of maple, sweet malts, and chocolate. Becomes toastier as it warms. Some bitters to balance the malts, but a bit too sweet for my tastes. Also seemed a mite thin in body, unexpected in an ale of this strength.

3.7
Andrew196 (2015) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
A very fine beer, but slightly overrated IMHO. A very deep, dark red color, nice head with rather large bubbles. A fruity nose was followed by a bready, fruit taste....slightly yeasty finish, went down with little fight. Very straight forward beer....well made though.

3.7
Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2003
a 2002 bottle from whole foods in portland, bright ruby color, sticky alcoholic cherry a tad too light in body but nice long lasting hoppiness

3.7
notalush (5935) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
[2002] This is an odd barleywine. It shares a lot of characteristics of a doppelbock - the big maltiness, the caramel flavor - but it also has the fruity esters of a barleywine - I was surprised by the almost total lack of hops considering this is a west coast brew - the alcohol could be masked a little better, but the sweetness is perfect, not even near cloying - this isn't great, but I suspect with some more age it might get close.

3.7
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 #150: 2002 Vintage. Color: Garnet brown with a quickly evaporating energetic tan head. Aroma: sweet and syrupy with touches of malt, wood and a strong alcoholic bite. It's a creeper. Light, woody flavor that opens up into a robust roasted malt taste, then leaves you with the afterburn of alcohol. This would be great with a nice steak or bar-be-que. It will age really well, I think.

3.7
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2002 Brown in color,small white head that faded fast.Malty caramel aroma with a wine like character,and light fruit side as well.Malty taste,caramel some dried fruit and alcohol,lots of alcohol in the finish with a fairly bitter side kind of harsh at first but it does mellow and the after taste is very long.This is a decent brew,but i believe age will make this a better brew and this one is a bit to young for a decent rate.

3.7
egajdzis (6777) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2001 Vintage, poured a beautiful copper color with a small off white head and very little lacing. Musty, fruity, slight alcoholic aroma. Plums, grapes, carame, and grapes are all prominent flavors. This was an enjoyable barleywine, thanks for sharing BrianO!

3.7
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 (Bottle) 2002 Vintage. Pours a medium, almond head and a mahogany body. Nose of malt, grape, red wine and plum. Smooth, malty, whisky and berry. Good!


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