Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Unaged 2011 Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass
Appearance: Upon pouring, a thin tan head builds but dissipates shortly. A very nice brown hue to this beer with a hint of red, reminiscent of burnt caramel. Around a 25 SRM. A bit hazy in appearance.
Scent: Immediately I get fruit; plums, raisins, prunes and other dried fruit. Very strong, warming malt aromas. The appearance matches the aroma with a bit of burnt caramel on the nose. A bit of sherry with a slight hint of spiciness on the finish.
Taste: The taste on this Old Ale closely matches the nose. Very strong raisin and dried fruit flavors up front. A hint of soy sauce mixed in with the dark fruit. Intense malt body. Bittersweet on the finish. Intense flavor profile. Though this is 11.9%, the complexity of the flavors in combination with the strong malt characteristics mask the heat of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: For a Strong Ale of this strength, this beer is very smooth on the mouth. Perfect level of carbonation to complement the heavy body and strong flavors.
Overall: This is my first English Old Ale, and it's a good first impression. This was the 2011 vintage, unaged. Very enjoyable this young, though further aging will only bring out more complex flavors. I have three more bottles that will be aged. I'll be interested in seeing how this has changed after a year, or more, of aging.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2011 02:55:50 | More by JaredKent
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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