Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
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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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
4.31/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is the 2012 bomber edition. I have never had this fresh.
Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance: Looks great in the glass, dark reddish brown, cloudy, off white head, lots of tiny bubbles, not much lacing,
Smell: Two years old and not much on the aroma. There is some kind of faint malt aroma, not sure what it is, but definitely no alcohol on the nose. Not much for aroma, very subtle I can't identify the smell. It's like a bread, malt, caramel aroma, definitely not significant.
Taste: Bitterness upfront, some malt bread flavor in the middle, a nice grape wine like flavor with some slight sourness. As the beer warms, the bitterness lessens, the grape like flavor becomes more prevalent, very nice.
Mouthfeel: a lot of tiny bubbles, dry, metallic like feel, not thick.
Very nice beer, definitely better a little warm than right out of the fridge. Very good, I am going to try 2014 to get a comparison. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 02:21:27 | More by Catracho5
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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