Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
My bottle is a 2007 vintage, and it looks like my bottle is slightly lower in alcohol than previous years (my bottle lists an ABV of 11.7...still a bruiser by any definition.
A - This beer looks exactly like the bottle! The head is the yellowed parchment color of the label, and the brew is the color of the brown bottle itself! Upon closer inspection, the brown body has some deep ruby highlights and it's pretty much transparent....like looking into a dark crystal. The head starts at about a finger and quickly drops to a thin haze and turtleneck collar, but with nearly 14%ABV, I'm not surprised!
S - Autumn leaves, single malt scotch, and expensive cognac intermingle with tootsie rolls and what I imagine gummy bears would smell like minus the fruit flavoring. Like maybe vanilla gummy bears. Some sweet concentrated orange in a frozen can is noticeable, but only just. This is gloriously toasty and buttery, and is pure joy to sniff.
T - Much like the nose, this is wondrously dark and rich like smoky Islay single malts, while remaining sweet and alluring like cognac. Honeycomb, honey drenched hop buds, crispy waffles (not doughy) and lightly bitter orange rind (Grand Marnier comes to mind). Outstanding!
M - Full bodied and buxom, yet tight and controlled....never flabby or round. This has a similar body to many tripels that I've tried in that it's tight, attenuated, alcoholic, and firm, yet still very full bodied. The initial sweet coating is swept away first by alcohol fumes, then by an intense hoppy finish. Wow...my jaw is on the floor.
D - I think quite highly of this brew, but I honestly wouldn't want to drink this too fast, and I don't know if I would want more than one. It's a sipper, not a slugger and I can't fault it for that. If drinkability means purchasability and enjoyability, then I give this a 4.5.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2008 18:54:44 | More by pmcadamis
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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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