1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,444 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 127
Gots: 397 | FT: 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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,444 | Reviews: 1,354 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
zeledonia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Been wanting to try this one for some time, finally getting around to drinking a bottle.

Pours deep brown, a touch of red that gleams with light behind it. Clear, but dark enough that I can't see much beyond it but my hand. One finger of off-white head, but that was gone before I got to the glass.

Smells rich, sweet, woody, and smoky. I'm liking where this is going. Dark fruits, not overly sweet, but delightfully pungent. The alcohol in the back carries some spicy notes to my nose. Great depth and complexity.

Taste is initially more sweet and less deep, but it fills out nicely. The alcohol is definitely present, but covered well given how much of it there is. Woody and fruity, in equal parts, leaving a pleasant solid/sweet flavor on the palate. Quite tasty, though I do want more complexity from such a big beer.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly full and chewy, but not overly heavy. I like it. Medium-low carbonation. Nice and sticky, keeping those sweet flavors on my lips.

A very nice beer. I don't really understand the style guidelines, and why this is an old ale, and not an English barleywine. But regardless, I like it. Very malty, very robust, and dangerously drinkable. I could have several of these, though my body wouldn't thank me for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:35:03 | More by zeledonia
More User Reviews:
Photo of HirsuteHopslover
HirsuteHopslover

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-25-2014 04:08:21 | More by HirsuteHopslover
Photo of Joecaddie
Joecaddie

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-25-2014 00:24:40 | More by Joecaddie
Photo of lou50rp
lou50rp

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-24-2014 23:49:17 | More by lou50rp
Photo of Casey3236
Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-24-2014 22:47:55 | More by Casey3236
Photo of mrebeka
mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-24-2014 04:58:17 | More by mrebeka
Photo of fthegiants
fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-24-2014 02:28:01 | More by fthegiants
Photo of Narthax
Narthax

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-23-2014 19:33:44 | More by Narthax
Photo of gelasin
gelasin

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-22-2014 00:07:13 | More by gelasin
Photo of hoppy91
hoppy91

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-21-2014 01:54:49 | More by hoppy91
Photo of david18
david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-20-2014 13:33:03 | More by david18
Photo of Casterbridge
Casterbridge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-19-2014 22:49:01 | More by Casterbridge
Photo of KrittyKratz
KrittyKratz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-19-2014 14:29:33 | More by KrittyKratz
Photo of Dave1999
Dave1999

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-19-2014 02:23:14 | More by Dave1999
Photo of MikeDAdams
MikeDAdams

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-18-2014 13:19:31 | More by MikeDAdams
Photo of zacalabeer76
zacalabeer76

Indiana

5/5  rDev +21.4%

07-18-2014 03:55:43 | More by zacalabeer76
Photo of bowzer4birdie
bowzer4birdie

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-17-2014 19:12:45 | More by bowzer4birdie
Photo of Canada_Dan
Canada_Dan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-17-2014 01:35:00 | More by Canada_Dan
Photo of GOBLIN
GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-17-2014 01:17:08 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of Walkerjgt
Walkerjgt

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

07-16-2014 12:50:35 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of Alpar
Alpar

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-16-2014 03:03:15 | More by Alpar
Photo of ZCW
ZCW

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-15-2014 20:51:22 | More by ZCW
Photo of core42
core42

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-15-2014 15:15:24 | More by core42
Photo of ToddThompson
ToddThompson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-14-2014 19:32:17 | More by ToddThompson
Photo of relynnjr
relynnjr

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-14-2014 16:33:44 | More by relynnjr
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.