tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2007 vintage consumed 11/08
They should rename this beer, "North Coast Jizz in Your Pants Ale." Because after one sip I thought to myself, "man, i’d let someone jizz in my pants if they bought me one of these."
Poured cold, let sit and warm up. Pour was a dark golden orange, with very little head and little carbonation. I cant see through it at all.
Taste is of rich toffee and bourbon, and still somewhat hot with alcohol. Hot enough that my cheeks are warming up.
ano1ridesthe19 (23) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Many 4 packs over the years. Finally in Fort Bragg at the tap house. This has got to be one of the best strong ales out there. Huge hop flavor and heavy spice nose. Awesome red brownish color in the pour. North coast has been a true champion in brewing true high quality heavy duty craft beers year after year. If your going to the coast it is a must visit. Superb food, great people and the Mendocino coast, who could ask for more? rpm56 (13) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours to a nice caramel head that dissipates in about two minutes, leaving a beautiful deep cooper ale. A nose of damp leaves and wood. A smooth palate and lasting finish. One of my favorite ales. Belize2000 (23) - Loon Lake, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing
12 oz bottle 4-24-12
Pours reddish brown with big off white to tan head and medium retention.
Rich sweet malt smell with hints of caramel and light hops alcohol is noticeable but not bad at 11.9%. I love this beer and thank North coast brewing for doing a great job with this Ale, I have had this beer many times and always stock up when released hope to do a 3 yaer veridical some day if I can save some LOL.
Vinylholic (22) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Sweet and malty aroma with hints of nutmeg and spices. Pours a medium cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Goes down smoothly expanding on the sweet aroma with an almost bourbon flavor. Just enough carbonation without being too strong. Full body with strong flavor. One of the better beers I’ve had.
Lacho (95) - USA - JUL 4, 2015
Good fizzy head that dissipates after a while with a copper color. High alcohol is evident from the start, but is very well behaved. Tastes of cotton candy, burnt caramel, and here comes the alcohol. Oh boy, really great beer, well balanced. A must to have several in your private stash.
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2015
North Coast ships its hops from England when brewing its annual batch of Old Stock Ale, which shows its dedication to crafting an English Style Ale. However, it’s the use of said hops that creates a uniquely American ale. Old Stock has a fair amount of earthy bitterness mixed in with the rich grains. Before I get too far down that trail, Old Stock pours ruby red with a thin layer of foam - not surprising given the ABV being just shy of 12%. Aroma has dark and syrupy fruits. Flavor has bread, fig, date, plum, prune, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and mild citrus. The full-bodied mouthfeel contains stickiness and some crispness coming from the hops. Old Stock has some serious class. I’d love to try a version with even more age than the 2014 vintage. zeppedled (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Fantastic! Great taste and a nice full feeling in your mouth with a nice finish. This is certainly one I would try again. Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - FEB 13, 2016
Birra spettacolare, dall’aroma e dal gusto intensi. Note liquorose e alcoliche dominanti, benché la birra non vada mai alla testa. Poi caramello e maltato, nonché frutta sotto spirito. Birra che scalda e appaga! shawnmurphy (495) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2016
I look forward to this brew every year. I poured a bottle of the 2016 vintage into a Sam Adams Utopias glass, which is the perfect vessel for this sipper. It pours a reddish-brown, which is gorgeous to admire when back-lit. Minimal light tan head with virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, yet teases well what you’ll be tasting: molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, toasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa …. yes, I realize this sounds like I’m describing an ice cream sundae! The flavor is all of the above with a mellow boozy burn that slightly singes the nose hairs, thanks to its 11.8 percent alcohol. The mouthfeel is like crème brûlée on the tongue; a silky, slick, chewy texture. The bottle gives sage advice: age for at least a year to develop even further character and taste characteristics.