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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,586 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,586
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 126
Gots: 437 | FT: 15
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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1/5  rDev -75.7%

tigrstylz, Jan 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

tmm313, Jun 16, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.7%

kbrown, Sep 16, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

AlmostAnAlcoholic, Apr 14, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

IrishTank, Jun 14, 2014
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1.7/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2012 vintage.

12oz bottle (x2) from a four-pack purchased at Draeger's, San Mateo CA.

Old Stock Ale is year after year one of my favorite beers. I drink it on tap at the brewpub, buy bottles - I love it fresh, love it aged.

This 2012 vintage is a disaster, judging by these bottles. Metallic odor reminiscent of a macro lager. Thin mouthfeel, no robustness. Little complexity or flavor at all, but what's there is muted and off - maybe hints of cardboard, but hard to find anything going on at all.

Old Stock Ale has been one the unsung giants of the American beer scene. What happened to it in 2012?

Talisker, Mar 10, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

North Coast- Old Stock Ale

Appearance- hazy ruby red with absolutely no head. Flat, no bubbles.
Smell- Alcohol, raisins, cherries, prunes, & alcohol.
Taste- Alcohol immediately followed by raisin/ prune juice (which I hate!) followed by even more alcohol. wretched!!
Mouthfeel- burning stinging alcohol! aftertaste is stomach turning pruno.

Overall- this is bad, real bad! Honestly, for the life of me, who likes the flavor of rubbing alcohol mixed with raisin/ prune juice. This is comparable to cough syrup!
Sorry North Coast this is liquid hell!

NJpadreFan, Feb 27, 2006
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1.9/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2012 vintage: Poured into a snifter, served at cellar temps:

A: Pours a deep ruby red color. 1 finger head, which dissipates quickly: to be expected of something this high ABV.

S: Pineapple is the first thing I notice, which is not really welcomed in an old ale. Some crystal malts and some dark fruit come in much, much later, but the pineapple is very overpowering.

T: Booze. Very harsh, unpleasant fruity alcohol flavor dominates the front palate. Slightly bitter, with a very strange fruit flavor that I can't put my finger on; closest to pineapple. Very slight roasty, caramel flavor comes through 2 minutes after initial taste. Very long lasting finish. Absolutely no hop flavors whatsoever.

M: Creamy, thick texture. Feels good in the mouth. Low carbonation. Very harsh, hot alcohol feel.

O: Should probably be aged for at least another year. EXTREMELY far outside the style guidelines for an Old ale. Nearly outside for a barleywine at that. Harsh alcohol flavors make this unpleasant. Tastes like pineapple booze.

beardedterror, Mar 20, 2012
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1.93/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very disappointed with this ale. I am a big fan of strong ale but this was nothing like I expected. It poured like a coke - a quick fizzy head formed and rapidly disappeared entirely. The appearance was like a red ale and very clear. The mouth feel was thin, the taste was akin to brown ale with a shot of whiskey, this is no exaggeration. It lacked complexity and character. I was all around just a hard ale to drink. I am hoping this was just a bad bottle. I will cellar this and see what it tastes like in a year.

beck2008, May 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

kustard, Mar 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

michaelfcasey, May 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

cannunzi, May 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Josh2222, Aug 03, 2012
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2.17/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured deep burgundy with little head. Actually let's get down to it. This beer was tough to drink and here's why. The alcohol was overpowering. I am no stranger to high alcohol beer and realize the difficulty with balancing such a potent beer, but I feel that some work needs to be done with this one. The aroma, taste and mouthfeel are dominated by alcohol.

barrelman, Jun 03, 2005
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2.18/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not sure if the bottle was bad, or stored improperly, but...I usually like Old Ales, but this one truly tasted "old"...tasted like old shoe leather...unfortunately, and I do mean unfortunately, this was a drain pour after about 4 drinks...

Opened a 2010 Vintage bottle on 1/23/2013. Notes:

A: Cloudy Brown/Amber
S: Musty...
T: Musty again, not more more to say, not a lot of flavors, somewhat water-watered town muted taste
M: Somewhat thin and slightly watery...
O: Not good

4thelvofbeer, Jan 23, 2013
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2.3/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Poured a clear reddish brown, with very little head and no visible carbonation. Nice enough looking, nothing special though.

S - A very strong smell of sweet nutty malts and dark red berries amid the tingle of alcohol.

T - Lots of sweet flavours and fruits followed by a lingering burn of alcohol. There is some good hop taste, but it is severely overpowered by the burn of the alcohol and the thick oily sweetness. Very reminiscent of cough syrup.

M - Thick and coating, with a strong unpleasant burn. Once again, feels like cough syrup.

D - I had a hard time finishing this beer, due to the overly sweet alcoholic taste, and its thick body. Don't think I would buy another.

Note: 2006 bottle, 11.7% abv.

Quej, Sep 24, 2007
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2.38/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 inch of head with a dark amber and brown color; not anything unusual.

S: Strong alcohol tones, some hoppiness and scotch aromas as well. Very much a liquor smell.

T: Tastes of burnt caramel with a dry fig/pearlike finish. The burnt taste is too strong and odd tasting for me, while the finish is tingly and odd. This beer is unique, but not in a way that I enjoyed.

M/D: Bubbly in mouth and somewhat harsh on finish (although at 11.5% I shouldn't be surprised). Not overly drinkable and honestly this brew is a big disappointment.

jt31914, Mar 17, 2010
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2.4/5  rDev -41.7%

thelargeone, Sep 23, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well.

The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isn't the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying.

Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol.

I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on it's face in comparison.

crossovert, Mar 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

BearsDitkaBears, Mar 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

ChrisMon02, Jan 29, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Great reddish-brown color. Not much of a head on it. Less than a finger.

S - Very boozy and sweet smelling.

T - Like a Belgian triple with Jack Daniels added to it.

M - Almost syrupy.

D - This one is not for me. I got through it pretty quickly, but only because it was my first of the evening. It's not terrible, but the booziness is just too much. I would not buy it again.

dvb, Aug 29, 2009
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2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A nice brown-violet color that appears very creamy in the glass. Nice tan'ish head that lasts a while.

S - Holy malt. Dark fruits - dates, figs, grapes. Molasses.

T - WEIRD! This tastes almost purely like sugar plums. Perhaps the sweetest beer I've ever tasted. A bit repulsive in that sense, but it is true to the style. Dark fruits, plums, dates, figs, molasses. Flavors taste a bit roasted and nutty.

M - Pretty thick and oily tasting. Not a dry finish at all. Very alcoholic finish.

D - Not drinkable at all. If you can drink one of these, you're lucky. I'm glad I tried it, though. This is a very interesting style of beer that I have yet to taste. I'd like to try another in the style. Cool.

jmerloni, Jul 16, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. Draft at Sunset Grill. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt and jam. Flavor of super sweet malt, yeast (?). Overpowering sweetness and booze. Wow, I don't know what other people see in this beer, but I don't care for it.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,586 ratings.