Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a very good beer, and a great deal for a four pack. The beer pours to a bright ruby red color with hints of mahogany. A billowing fizzy head appears on the pour, but it quickly recedes, leaving no lace in it's wake. What do you expect for a beer boasting 12.5% on the label? Carbonation remains quite apparent throughout the drink, but it just can't support a head.
The beer has a strong metallic odor to it on the pour, but it falls to the background as it has a chance to breath and warm up. The malt is definitely the highlight here. Lots and lots of it. Smells like some candi sugar, even. Plenty of caramel, as one would expect. Some toasted bread aromas and dark fruity fig esters. Behind all of that is a blast of rocket fuel that really stings the nostrils. It may sound bad, but for some reason it just works with this particular beer. Doesn't smell too particularly hoppy.
The taste, on the other hand, reveals a strong hops presence. The bitterness is nearly as formidable as the malt. Quite a good balance for a beer of this size, even considering the strong alcohol bite it delivers to the palate. I'm having a hard time trying to distinguish any additional spices in here. I'm thinking it's probably just the yeast at play, but there is definitely a spiciness going on.
The body is as full as they come. Despite the apparent carbonation, the bubbles are barely detectable on the tongue. Smooth and silky. The alcohol bite makes up for any lack of bite from the carbonation. It's a sipper for sure. It provides a nice warming effect and a little buzz off of a single 12 oz serving. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to aging some, or even drinking some more fresh, given that it is only $8 for a 4pk! With beers of this "caliber," I am used to paying much more. It definitely helps out the beer's overall drinkability, considering I am unlikely to drink more than one of these on any given night, and most likely not when it is warm out.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2008 06:17:14 | More by neonbrown82
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