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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,313 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2313
Reviews: 1343
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


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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BgThang

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark amber brownish color
Had a nice small head on it that lingered around till the end.

THe nose was that of candy, boozy, and malty.

Did not know anything about this beer, was new on tap so i tried it. It will kick you in the pants @13+% its definitely a sipper beer. has some good notes of candy but their is a alcoholy taste to it, hence the sipping part.

This warms the gullet up nicely also

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 16:40:25 | More by BgThang
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2013 vintage

Pours a cloudy caramel color with light tan head.

Smell is very nice, dark fruits, sweet and sour, and roasted malt.

Tastes is sweet malt, caramel, a very big, smooth flavor.

Mouth-feel, smooth smooth, smooth, nice light carbonation.

Overall, for 12% abv I only get some heat way, way at the end. Very Excellent brew. I know I should age some but this is really one of the finest beers I've had and I don't know if i have the will power. Such a balanced flavor, would pair excellent with anything on the grill or smoker.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage into a snifter. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: nice red color, nonexistent head.

Smell: makes me a little nervous. I get cherries, but also wet cardboard. Sweet, but with a little biting tanginess.

Taste: up front, an explosion of flavor. Sweet, with the tangy cherries I picked up in the nose leading the way. A little bitterness. And then, as quickly as it comes on, the flavor disappears—very little aftertaste, just a ghostly hint of bitter cherry.

Feel: medium, pretty slick. Almost can't tell if the tingliness is from the carbonation or just a flavor, but if it's the former, it's a bit too much for the style.

Overall: maybe I'm just not an old ale guy, but this didn't quite do it for me. But, I've got another three bottles, so I'll get a chance to try this a bit further down the line and see if the beer (or my palate) improves.

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A - Fingers appear discernible yet warped on the other side of the glass which is a good indicator of a high gravity beverage. Colours fluctuate between brandy brown and sherry red. Head vanishes swiftly, something I like in this style.

S - Sweet malt. Dark dried fruits; in particular date and prune. Christmas pudding is also evident. Toffee and a faint whiff of banana. So that would be banoffee then.

T - Lovely and sweet. I swear to God I'm tasting actual treacle. Mellow malt profile riffs with caramelized rum booziness. Hop character is minimal which is fine by me.

M - Smooth, thick, mildly carbonated and decidedly viscous.

O - The abv. is expertly masked. This beer already has a rich flavour profile, so I'll be interested to see how it drinks with a few more years on it; hopefully it takes on new layers of complexity. A great beer to round out a great session. Just needs a little more depth and complexity which should come with age.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,313 ratings.