Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by neorunner:
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
More User Reviews:
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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