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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

2,437 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 126
Gots: 396 | 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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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into a snifter

A- Pours caramel-colored with a very thin yellow-ish head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. When held to the light, it almost has a ruby glow to it.

S- It smells delicious. I'm getting some dried fig, sweet caramel, brandy notes from a combination of the fruitiness (possibly apricots) and the booziness. As it warms, I'm getting a lot of raisin and maybe some honey.

T- Less sweet than the nose would have led me to believe and more of an assertive bitterness from the alcohol than I expected. Last time I had this was a few months ago in a spotted vertical of '03, '04, '06, and '08. I can definitely see why/how this is a must age beer. Not that it is bad fresh at all. After sipping on it for a little, I'm either more acclimated to the booziness or it is starting to fade with exposure and warmth and the beer is really beginning to shine. Similar dark fruits in the taste as well as a bit of tobacco. As it nears room temperature and loses a lot of the carbonation, it becomes much more peaty, almost like a scotch ale. I'm really liking this as it progresses.

M- Assertively carbonated, which I haven't seen much in the style, but if I recall correctly, this mellows with age and is therefore a very good thing. Not too cloying (which I feared upon first whiff.) Nice creamy mouthfeel in the finish, which is surprising due to the initial carbonation level on the tip of the tongue.

D- Dangerously drinkable for an 11.5% old ale. Not too sweet or cloying and the alcohol really begins to mask itself after a few minutes of exposure.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:06:08 | More by mbudner
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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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.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.