Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 1759Girl:
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance> Medium to dark brown, mud puddle. No liveliness, no head, no lacing. It aged an additional three years at my house and looks like it's been pulled from centuries of storage.
Smell> Mostly sharp alcohol nose, followed closely by malt aroma, with slight notes of sour beer.
Taste> WOW. Sherry, anyone? (editors note: the person pouring read the bottle as having 14.5% ABV and I was thinking that even seemed low... reading BA's ABV listing of 11.5%, I am guffawed).
The ale is sweet, but the pungency of the alcohol is inescapable; it seems into every other flavor (yes, there are notes of other things, but almost all is overshadowed by the alcohol). The finish is reminiscent of prunes and port.
Mouf> average for the style
Drink> If only I had a few (several) shots of espresso to accompany me, this could have been like a fourloko night. It's tasty to sip, but honestly this was just too intense for me to drink much of.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2011 04:55:33 | More by 1759Girl
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3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2013 vintage in 12oz bottle. Served at 48degs. The beer poured a cloudy caramel color. A thick foamy head persisted for about 15 mins. Aroma is molasses, fermented dark fruit, prune, alcohol and bread (the Maris Otter comes through!). Alcohol and vinous sweetness on the palate. A pleasant bitterness on the finish with a touch of oxidation. This is a big beer and it takes time to sort it out. Thick mouthfeel with a long long finish. Overall, nothing to complain about. It doesn't feel like there are a lot of silly spice additions to detract from the wonderful malt and the rich gravity of this beer. I have come to expect a lot from North Coast. This beer does not disappoint. It's a little hot. I have three other bottles that I will let sit another year. Then we will see if the alcohol has mellowed a bit.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 22:47:37 | More by chickenflea
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.