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RATINGS: 2165   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear, deep, brownish ruby with a thin beige head. Aroma: honey, sweet fruits, malt and bourbon. Taste: honey, fruit, malts, hops, bourbon, notes of spice. Long, warm alcohol finish. Soft carbonation. Overall a very good beer: smooth taste, nice body with depth. I plan on letting my other bottles age in the cellar a few years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle at l & Mat 2010, Oslo. Aroma is heavy on the malt, but nicely balanced by a fruity (fig-like) acidity. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. Low bitterness. Incredibly drinkakble considering the ABV, due to a top notch balance between maltiness and acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesnt quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Nice - a strong alcohol presence countered with some nice bitterness and malt. Not as complex as some barleywines - at least not to me. But still fairly good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
I would expect more hops from a California beer, such those that are blasted at you in Big Foot Barleywine-Style ale from Sierra Nevada, but I can forgive North Coast for this because they already brew some wonderfully hoppy beers. This beer could also use some more yeast flavors -- some additional esters could make this beer more interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Pours a fairly dark color for Barley Wines, at least in my experience. The aroma is mostly sweet malts and fruits. Peaches, plums, raisins, brandy, others. The flavors are not quite as complex. The alcohol is strong, the flavors are strong. An interesting and different Barley Wine, but a good one, nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2000 bottling; mid-July 2002 tasting notes. Not very exciting. Age did not help; was big and boozy ~ mid-2000. Big alcohol burn and some vanilla notes. why do I keep thinking mediciney? Sure was fun to drink though (take your medicine). Oooooffff.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2002 Vintage:
Dark copper colour with strong ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of pineapple, raisins, pit fruit, cherries, caramel, alcohol and bubble gum. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet initial flavours turning into an alcoholic burn and then a spicey dry finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol and not much else. Overall, nose and appearance are great, but too much alcohol and not enough other flavours are noticeable in the taste. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 23-November-2003.


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