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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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92
outstanding

2,307 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2307
Reviews: 1341
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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Neehan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour leads to a copper body with about a half-inch light caramel head, but it disappears rather quickly and with little lacing. Very complex with strong alcohol paired with caramel, toffee, and malts that slightly burn the nose. These are repeated in the taste, with the alcohol becoming more present as it warms in the glass. This is a definite slow sipper as it is very rich, very heavy and complex. This is a good selection if you are looking to sit down and careful explore and contemplate its characteristics, and less for casual drinking. Depends on what you are after here, but either way you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 17:14:52 | More by Neehan
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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.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,307 ratings.