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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,811 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 521 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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Ratings: 2,811 | Reviews: 1,412
Photo of ghirsh
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage
Cloudy dark Amber color. Thin head that dissipates quickly.
Dark fruit smell of raisins little banana flavor.
Taste of caramel brûléed sugar and sweet bread.

Overall a really excellent beer

Photo of Wobbly
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the rare barley wines/old ales made in the US that can compete with the English classics.

Photo of fx20736
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Amber, offwhite head, no lace

Smell: orchard fruits, malt, white raisins, plums

Taste: brown sugar, dates, sherry, gingerbread cookies

Feel: sticky

Overall: Complex aroma and flavvors, this is an amazing beer

Photo of Reds76
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

2014 vintage

A - 4.75 - Pours an incredibly dark ruby with cognac brown and caramel orange tinges. Forms a half finger of medium tan colored, quickly dissipating head. Low head potential and retention, little to no lacing.
S - 4.5 - Simple, but bold. Heavy malt, nuttiness, marzipan, light whisky and the unmistakable aroma of very distant and light peach.
T - 5 - Heavy malts, caramel, peanut butter, marzipan, whiskey, oak wood sap, bittersweet dark chocolate and molasses. Once at room temperature, swish this one around your mouth and sip it slowly, it is EXTREMELY complex. Absolutely no trace of booze, extremely impressive at the extreme ABV.
F - 4.5 - Nice medium bodied mouthfeel.
O - 5 - One of the absolute best representations of the old ale style I've had and one of the tastiest beers I've had the pleasure of drinking in a LONG time. For fans of these two beers, it almost reminds me of a delicious hybrid mixture of Founder's Curmudgeon and Backwood Bastard. A+, 5 star beer. HIGHLY recommended to stock up on and cellar for a special occasion!

Photo of parris
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDudeAbides14
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.5/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Says review is optional. It is not

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of old ales, but this has to be one if the best examples of the style. 2015 vintage, smooth and sweet. Straight sipper and much better as it warms. I'd like to get ahold of an aged vintage and see how it changes over time.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tiamat8086
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mblk6062
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I always look forward to the release of this awesome Old Ale, and the 2015 version did not disappoint! This year's has more of a molasses/bourbon smell, leading to a toffee/raisin taste, with that always wonderful, warm banana bread finish. I will be buying as much of this as I can get my hands on - will only get better with age!

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bisco42
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage Otsuchi Commemorative Recovery Release - March 2012

Poured into a snifter at 55 degrees, had been cellared upright for exactly 3 years.

L - Pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1 inch head. Lacing remains down the side, but spotty. Bubbles forming up the snifter.

S - Very malt-y, boozy and earthy. Reminiscent of a proper Old Ale.

T - This is where the complexity begins. Getting a lot of different tastes here. Beginning with Marris Otter malt and finishing with the (seemingly) fresh Fuggles hops. The aftertaste bursts with caramel and booze, still burning after 3 years, could probably sit for another several years to allow things to set and combine. Still delicious though, but in small sips every now and again.

F - Thick, robust, full and carbonated. Nothing too overbowering, but enough to allow my palate to retain the entire flavor of the beer. Perhaps the highlight of this fine brew.

O - An excellent take on the easily obtainable Old Ale. Unfortunately, I think this style is lost, and I love how North Coast is continuing to make this extraordinary. Compared to the 2015 version, this is incredibly different but in a good way. Will probably pick up another bottle and allow it to age for longer. NC really got it right with this one.

Photo of CJNAPS
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vic21234
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a clear and slightly fizzy ruby color with a small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Dark fruits with a slight hint of tartness.

T- Raisins and dark fruits along with overall sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, sweet with and slight alcohol bite.

Nice old ale, I'll be sitting the rest down for a few years though to see how it does.

Photo of Capsfan90
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of myuncle
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting more. I would lean to buying others.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.