Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Trying a 2009 bottle in Dec, 2011.
Sticky and syrupy but not heavily viscous. This has all the qualities of a good loaf of pumpernickel bread: caraway seeds, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar. There’s a thick presence of caramel, vanilla, and dried dark fruit (raisins, dates, figs), slight booze heat, and a hop appearance for just a second that finishes each sip with a pleasant dry, sweet finish.
A friend of mine who loves cask ales used to wake up, open an old stock in the morning and leave it out all day until he was ready to drink it after dinner when it was nearly flat. I have tried it that way, and immediately poured from the bottle into a glass. Both are excellent. It must be the pricing that North Coast’s Rasputin gets all the glory for this brewery, but Old Stock has been quietly superior. It’s North Coast’s best beer, and it’s better than just about any barleywine and old ale around.
A note on the pricing: I picked up a 4pk/$10 in Colorado. In Washington, I’ve seen a 4pk/$13-$14 and $3.50/bottle. Do the math: compared to most (non-barrel aged) barleywines that come in bombers, these prices are typically better and the quality of the beer is better. Instead I hear about Bigfoot (put a damn leash on those hops, why is this called a barleywine?) or Adam (tasty, but without oak or barrels the price tag is uncalled for).
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2011 20:29:01 | More by nsabo
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