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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,526
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 124
Gots: 414 | FT: 14
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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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

dagubna, Yesterday at 09:47 AM
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

This beer has several outstanding qualities, but the spice profile is not my best friend. Body was great. Color was beautiful. Something in the finish that I did not care for. That being said, it is still a good beer.

gonzo000, Monday at 11:07 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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tally, Saturday at 07:45 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

2014 Vintage...

No head or lacing. Deep dark purple hue.

Smells of rich caramel malt and alcohol. Maybe a bit of red wine or grape.

Tastes of a sweet caramelized barleywine like flavor. Alcohol definitely noticeable but enjoyable guided by this beer. A bit of red grape in the taste.

Low carbonation and a bouncy mouthfeel with the ABV and big malt.

Overall, I'm into big beers like this. Reminds me of a barleywine.

samtrillo, Saturday at 04:56 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

2014 vintage. Clear heavy amber pour with a huge dark ruby cast making it almost red. Good head, lacing and retention. The nose is dark fruits (plum, raisin and fig) over a faint caramel sweetness with moderate alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich creamy texture. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is loaded with complexity, yet well balanced. The 11.8% alcohol is very well hidden, but becomes more prevalent as it warms. It begins with a burst of caramel sweetness that flows into the dark fruit flavors, but the sweetness is never absent due to the heavy malt bill. Chocolate notes appear in the middle that relent to coffee/toffee notes. The finish is where the alcohol is most prevalent, leaving you with that nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat, but yet not overpowering. The finish is somewhat tannic with a touch of hops over a fading caramel sweetness. An outstanding Old Ale and a fine example of OC's brewing prowess.

tillmac62, Sep 05, 2014
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,526 ratings.