Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2003 vintage.. have had quite a few of these over the past few months... and they have been ridiculously good, with luck I ran across 2 cases of the 2003 just about 6 months ago. (this vintage is 11.4%)
deep dark brown but not opaque (with ruby highlights), thin head retains well, a decent amount of carbonation rises from the depths, lacing is decent but more or less this leaves "legs" like good wine due to the high alcohol content. no doubt, this is a great looking beer for the style.
here is where I usually just get lost in the olefactory-gasm that is this fine brew, raisins dunked in jack daniels, barley, this stings the nose with it's booziness but it has mellowed to be in balance here, the smell finshes out with cocoa powder (it smells that dry!), the dark fruit tones are just out right awesome and the chocolate tint balances this out! great !
the carbonation is just active enough, a slight prickly sensation before the maple syrups hits your mouth, huge barley like flavor with chocolate undertones, the beer has developed so well that the booze is only noticed in the back of the throat and the warming sensation in your stomach, at times this is nearly as thick as maple syrup and does also have a paralell in the flavor component. the "sweetness" factor here is really reminiscent of good dark vermont maple syrup, there is some mild bitterness in this as well.. man alive the complexity that has developed here is mind boggling. and bottle to bottle the 2003 has been pretty consistent.
out-friggin-standing! this could pair well with any super strong cheese. one bottle is nice to split amongst a couple of friends in a snifter. it is easy drinking for the heavy ABV.. man has this aged well! if you see it.. buy every bottle you find.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2006 02:15:44 | More by Ego
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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