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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,420 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 123
Gots: 393 | FT: 16
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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Shaw

Florida

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

2004 edition: I have several bottles of the 2000 and 2002 vintage in my cellar that I can't bring myself to drink. I saw this year's vintage at Whole Foods and had to buy a four-pack!

It pours a cloudy brown in color with a slight, white head. The smell is very complex. It smells like carmel candy with fruity notes and lots of alcohol aromas. It's excellent.

The taste is big, as expected. This is a beer with lots of malt sweetness and a massive amount of hop bitterness to balance it out. The powerful flavors of alcohol are all over this beer. The flavors of plum or perfume are also present, like they are in the taste.

The body is very slick, thanks to the high ABV. I've knocked down the drinkability a few points because this beer is so strong. One is definitely enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 06:02:42 | More by Shaw
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chickenflea

Florida

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
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johng90

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-12-2014 20:14:49 | More by johng90
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Catracho5

California

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
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priwen

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-11-2014 07:48:20 | More by priwen
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greymalkin

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-08-2014 01:16:29 | More by greymalkin
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-07-2014 01:06:13 | More by ParkbrauFan
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into snifter
A- Brownish-ruby hue with very small tan head
S- bready malts, raisins, sweetness, some oaky wood
T- follows nose pretty much. Slight malty booziness.
M- wonderful, velvety creamy mouthfeel. Not much on the hops, very faint, if any. Medium carb.
O- overall, very nice Old Ale. Almost a barrel-aged booziness that gives a good alcohol presence, but no burn. Very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 21:01:27 | More by JamesStreet
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dmf01

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-06-2014 07:09:33 | More by dmf01
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stortore

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-06-2014 04:34:13 | More by stortore
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-04-2014 04:23:39 | More by Beerlover
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BigV

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-03-2014 17:51:53 | More by BigV
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mcdsports

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-02-2014 02:36:43 | More by mcdsports
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -27.2%

07-01-2014 21:32:16 | More by atlbravsrno1
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DougDMB


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-01-2014 01:44:28 | More by DougDMB
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-30-2014 20:14:14 | More by Marco_Gtz
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.4%

06-30-2014 19:54:48 | More by BigGingDrinker
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pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-30-2014 16:21:03 | More by pisano
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-30-2014 00:57:08 | More by Hugonaut13
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MCano

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

06-29-2014 21:06:52 | More by MCano
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Ardeer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-29-2014 19:39:02 | More by Ardeer
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Wayne17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-29-2014 00:03:35 | More by Wayne17
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Old Stock Ale in my snifter... absolute perfect melding of aroma, taste, experience... such a different vibe. Very deep amber hue accented by a strong, sweet molasses scent. Tastes like a liquid dream... smoothest mouthfeel I have experienced, save perhaps FIS... overall a winner... back to the bottle shop for a few more to age.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 03:04:37 | More by Mikus
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riy3rd

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-27-2014 19:16:17 | More by riy3rd
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-27-2014 14:29:10 | More by sammyg832
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,420 ratings.