Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by movingtrain:
4.45/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one is fresh, 2011 vintage. I picked two up: one to try now, and one to set back for a year or two.
Pours a gorgeous amber color. Carbonation is strong, and, with a mild pour, the head actually increases some before falling to a light film around the edges of the glass.
The first note that comes to mind in the aroma is red apple--tart, but with a fine sweetness. There are also notes of cherry, cinnamon, burnt caramel, and hard candy. The aroma is also quite woody, perhaps with hints of cedar and oak.
The flavor is actually quite sweet, with notes of caramel and vanilla, but also a nice red apple tartness coupled with a candied sugar. The sweetness is also reminiscent of an old fashioned hard candy. There is a bit of peppery spice apparent, as well.
This beer is very, very warming. Meaning, of course, that the strong ABV here is quite apparent. However, this is not, by any means, a weakness in the beer. In fact, the wonderful balance of flavor and warming alcohol makes this beer exceptional.
Overall, this is an outstanding, balanced, full-bodied beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2012 23:13:49 | More by movingtrain
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3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- a somewhat cloudy mahogany, no lacing despite adequate carbonation.
S-My favorite part about the beer: over-ripe dark cherries, brandy, raisins, a little woody.
T- even with 3 years of age, this is still on the boozy side. But, still smooth. Nice bitterness going down with no burn. Strong caramel and toffee notes with the raisins coming through in the finish.
M- Just right for the style; sticky and creamy but not overly thick.
O- I like this beer despite my skepticism with the first sip. The beer was overly chilled when I first drank it thereby masking the wonderful smells and tastes. Let this beer age, chill it, sip it as it warms and let the complexity wash over your taste buds. Anxious to try another bottle next year.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 19:49:25 | More by communionofthesaints
2.96/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
North Coast Old Ale 2013 vintage 11.9% abv
Pours a deep amber with a fizzy caramel head that only sticks around for a few seconds before dissolving into a fizzy ring. Not much lacing.
Has a metallic smell that is noted. Sweet fruity flavors ascend with it. Dark fruits emerge - lots of raisin in there with some dried fig. I’m getting mellow candied pineapple as well. Very ripe plums. There’s even a little grape musk.
Very nice, the metallic flavor is still there though. very much grape must, which is sort of a star in this flavor profile. There’s a bit of an unappealing lager taste. The fresh fruit juice flavors work well with the darker, dried flavors. The alcohol is detectable at times.
medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, not very smooth, alarmingly so.
So, this beer is not at all what I was expecting, considering the barrel aged 2011 vintage that I had recently. Much more metallic and carbonated than I expected. The fruitier flavors are appreciated, but the metallic and lager flavors create an unappealing imbalance. I have to say I was quite disappointed, considering how big a fan of the 2011 barrel aged I am (despite its big 24$ price tag I’ve bought it every chance I get). Also a disappointment considering how much I like this brewery.
This beer has a lot of doppelbock qualities that are unwelcome in an old ale. I also feel like a beer of this high abv should have a body and complexity to it that this beer falls short of. This beer really can’t justify the drunk it will make me. That metallic flavor keeps coming back every sip to haunt me. Maybe I have a bottle that was inappropriately stored on its side? Either way, it would probably be better to seek out a different vintage. Something about this beer tastes wrong to me.
DON’T TRY (the 2013)
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 09:34:12 | More by Jack_Malts
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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