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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

2,440 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,440
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 126
Gots: 396 | FT: 16
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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top squat bottle, 2010 vintage...been wanting to try this NC offering for some time now

Appearance: Pours an attractive sienna hue with just a ghost of sediment in suspension. A creamy ivory head soon fades to almost nothing, not too surprising in a beer of this strength I suppose

Smell: Very attractive. Steely dark/burnt caramel, lots of vinous dark fruit, some warm toasty bread, and just a hint of alcohol poking through, though as this warms, the booze is becoming quite a bit more prominent. I don't think this is gonna be quite as mild mannered (at least fresh) as I was thinking...

Taste: Mild caramel malts, a bit of vinous dark fruit, hint of woodiness (even though I'm pretty sure this isn't oaked in any way) and a hint of bitter vanilla. And a whole ton of booziness. Not much in the way of hop flavor, but there is a medium, firm bitterness, which tries to hold the alcohol and malt sweetness in check, and succeeds for the most part. This is one of those beers that's just too hot during it's first year IMO. You can't get much flavor out of it, the booze just kinda tromps all over everything else. I'm not saying this is a bad beer; I'm gonna pick up one or two more from the single bottle shelf, but I'm deft. gonna hold on to 'em for a year or so at least. Whereas some of my favorite Old Ales (Curmudgeon jumps readily to mind) are great aged or fresh, this one just really isn't that attractive IMO right now.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth

Drinkability: 1 and done

Conclusion: As a fresh beer, this doesn't work too well. I will gladly put a couple in the cellar, however, and see what a little bit of time does to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:42:18 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,440 ratings.