Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz into my souvenir brewery tours of San Diego pint glass.
It looks thick and malty, very dense dark caramel coloring. A hint of redness in the body. The head is an off white sandy color, initially very strong but recedes quickly, no lacing and very minimal carbonation.
The smell is smooth as hell, toffee, caramel and raisins for the most part. Although it doesn't say barrel aged or anything this definitely has a small woody accent to it.
A ton of flavoring, comes on as thick as it looks. Very much like a barleywine but not as sweet. The sweet caramel and raisins from the nose come through nicely and there is an added fruitiness in there as well, cherry I think. It's very sweet from all the malt they pour into this bay boy with a slight estery flavor in there. The end holds a nice spicing to it which tones down the alcohol flavor (honestly the alc flavor is miniscule to begin with), 11.7 abv on the bottle and I really get nothing even close to that.
Feels like it looks, smooth in the beginning, and gives you a nice amber ale spiciness in the end, great dichotemy.
It's definitely drinkable like I always say, a sipper to be sure, not so smooth that it slides down your throat but extremely flavorful and makes you think about it every time...Savor the Flavor!
Overall this is pretty awesome in my opinion, it makes me think of a barrel aged barleywine with it's flavor character. The cherry and raisin makes it seem Belgian but there is absolutely zero sourness.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2010 07:16:10 | More by dwilson01
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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