Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Oh my! This is some headache material just waiting to be consumed! Thick ruby colored beer, coffee colored foamy head that relaxes to nothing quickly, but there's plenty of carbonation going on. Steely caramel aroma, very sweet smelling and inviting. Mouthfeel is viscous, chewy and very full to the palate. Massively sweet and complex in the malt department. Loads of caramel, assertive raisin, notes of chocolate and plenty of coffee (two creams and sugar-like). Light bitter edge flows into an immense alcohol spice. And right about at this point you think "Oh my! ..." as the warming alcohol bathes your noodle in its sublime pool of numbness and brings some redness and heat to your cheeks. Finish is sweet and full of fumes from the alcohol.
A bit of expected oxidation in the form of wet paper, but other than that this 2002 vintage is a freagin' rockin' example of an olde school Old Ale!
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2004 20:33:57 | More by Todd
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz short brown bottle with the vintage date of 2002 and 11.4% abv no need for a freshness date.
Appearance: Dark hazy amber brown in colour, thin lacing a bit sticky yet again, thin.
Smell: Steely caramelized malts, juicy ripe fruit raisins? A malty and alcoholic aroma.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, ripe fruit melds with the alcohol to produce a rum raisin like flavour. He steely caramel malt has a bite and rides with a faded hop character. Sweet caramel and toasted grain run throughout, again lots of malt. Sweet yet pleasing finish.
Notes: One of the few old ales I have had from an American brewery and an excellent job they did. The maltiness hides some of the 11.4% abv and there seems to be a good bit of balance even after it has aged for a good while.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2004 00:41:23 | More by Jason
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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