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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,675
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 134
Gots: 457 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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old stock ale 2013 bottle poured into a snifter. deep amber cider color. slight head that dissipates quickly, but holds a compact, effervescent carbonated mouthfeel very well throughout the duration. nose is sweet sugar, dark fruit and bread. taste is a subtle, roving complexity; burnt sugar, raisin, fig, plum, and toast. at 11.9 abv, there is a gliding ester quality and warming booze tone. an amazingly balanced sipper. enjoy!

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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, 2014 on the bottle. Never had this before and I haven't had an Old Ale in quite some time and even though I've been reviewing beers on here for years, bottles like this always throw me for a loop. There's a *lot* going on here and although that's not a bad thing, it can overwhelm the taste buds pretty easily. Very complex and strong, this was an Old Ale that was true to form.

This had a very dark brown hue with a hint of plum tint to it, with strong carbonation and a fluffy head that quickly settled down. Lots of bread and dark fruit in the nose, reinforced by currant, booze, and yeast in the taste. Some brown sugar sweetness and fig was underneath everything but the overall taste was that of a highly fermented apple cider. Sweet, malty, and potent, this packed quite a punch even though the warming effect really wasn't there. A bit more sweet or potent and this could have been a Barleywine. A bit more wheat and it could have been a Dark Wheat Ale or Dunkelweizen. A bit more fruit and this would have been a true fall seasonal with pear and grape notes. As it was, this was the epitome of what an Old Ale should be, given that other years reviewed on here had varying tasting profiles, like a Lambic.

Strong this felt and strong this was but that didn't detract from the profile or drinkability of this beer. The yeast and fruit flavors lingered beautifully long after the liquid went down and there was enough malt her to make this full but just short of feeling cloying or chewy. Short of having too much grain or rye, this beer nailed what an Old Ale should be and in terms of quality, stands toe-to-toe with the Old Rasputin. An outstanding offering and the example of why brewers should add an Old Ale to their portfolio. Complexity is rarely more enjoyable than this.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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