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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,439 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 126
Gots: 396 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.