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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 2313
Reviews: 1343
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%

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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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. 2008 vintage poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance 5/5

Pours dark reddish brown with a big light tan colored head, as a result of a vigorous pour, that recedes into a thin head. Even though the beer seems clear, there's a certain viscosity to it. No sediment.No lacing.

Aroma 4.5/5

Dark/dry fruit... I am thinking raisins, figs. Hint of molasses. Sweet & rich.

Taste 3/5

Falls short compared to the wonderful aroma. There's a certain bitterness adequately balanced, and even shadowed by the malt presence but I don't detect any "character". Slightly vinous. It might not be a fair comparison but the aroma hinted at a magnificent taste similar to J.W.Lee's barleywine and that's where the disappointment lies. Alcohol warms me up as is suitable for an ale of this strength. Finishes slightly bitter and dry although the malt presence, hence sweetness, is evident. The bottle reviewed is two years old and hence attenuated, otherwise a sweeter finish won't be surprising.

Mouthfeel 4/5

A body thinner than I'd have preferred but that comes with two years of aging. Carbonation is present, and welcome. As noted earlier, alcohol warmth is felt, yet it can't be called "hot".

Drinkability 5/5

It can't be chugged but it's a strong ale, what do you expect?


I don't think it's the best representation of the style, but it is a satisfying brew nonetheless. My only valid complaint is the lack of a solid character.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 08:11:55 | More by tewaris
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2013 vintage

Pours a cloudy caramel color with light tan head.

Smell is very nice, dark fruits, sweet and sour, and roasted malt.

Tastes is sweet malt, caramel, a very big, smooth flavor.

Mouth-feel, smooth smooth, smooth, nice light carbonation.

Overall, for 12% abv I only get some heat way, way at the end. Very Excellent brew. I know I should age some but this is really one of the finest beers I've had and I don't know if i have the will power. Such a balanced flavor, would pair excellent with anything on the grill or smoker.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage into a snifter. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: nice red color, nonexistent head.

Smell: makes me a little nervous. I get cherries, but also wet cardboard. Sweet, but with a little biting tanginess.

Taste: up front, an explosion of flavor. Sweet, with the tangy cherries I picked up in the nose leading the way. A little bitterness. And then, as quickly as it comes on, the flavor disappears—very little aftertaste, just a ghostly hint of bitter cherry.

Feel: medium, pretty slick. Almost can't tell if the tingliness is from the carbonation or just a flavor, but if it's the former, it's a bit too much for the style.

Overall: maybe I'm just not an old ale guy, but this didn't quite do it for me. But, I've got another three bottles, so I'll get a chance to try this a bit further down the line and see if the beer (or my palate) improves.

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S - Sweet malt. Dark dried fruits; in particular date and prune. Christmas pudding is also evident. Toffee and a faint whiff of banana. So that would be banoffee then.

T - Lovely and sweet. I swear to God I'm tasting actual treacle. Mellow malt profile riffs with caramelized rum booziness. Hop character is minimal which is fine by me.

M - Smooth, thick, mildly carbonated and decidedly viscous.

O - The abv. is expertly masked. This beer already has a rich flavour profile, so I'll be interested to see how it drinks with a few more years on it; hopefully it takes on new layers of complexity. A great beer to round out a great session. Just needs a little more depth and complexity which should come with age.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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