Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blind Beer #11 - http://flic.kr/p/99QzG7
Special Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beer BIF.
Last beer for this round of the BIF. Heavily duct taped cap, actually trying to open this one without removing the tape caused me to crack the top of the bottle. Thankfully it was all captured by said tape and the cap itself. Wrapping calls out snifter so I went with my Ommegang glass.
Appearance is cloudy brown with a thin head that doesn't last long at all. Aroma is very boozy and has vanilla and cherry notes. This has to have some kick to it and the alcohol is probably the reason the head retention was so minimal. I'm wondering if its the alcohol, but there is a green tinge on the edge of the beer when you tilt the glass.
Flavor is booze, malt, cherries, dried figs, plums. I'm loving the layers in this beer, getting some chocolate and molasses as it warms. While I definitely feel the booze as a warming sensation, the finish is mellow and chewy and not as hot as one would expect with the alcohol. This is a great sipper and I wouldn't doubt its vintage.
Going to guess American Barleywine on the style.
Answer is: North Coast Old Stock 2005! Wow! I know what I need to start filling my cellar with. I have some 2009 in the cellar and just shelled out for a bottle of the bourbon aged Old Stock. I'll be sure to forget about that bottle for awhile.
What a great beer to conclude this BIF. Thanks again Paul, I've had a blast.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2011 02:28:10 | More by neorunner
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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