Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,425
Hads: 2,928
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 152
Gots: 569 | FT: 22
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North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 version Pours a murky caramel with a tiny/filmy white head. Head retention and lacing minimal

Smell: Bourbon-like oakiness hits you up front, then raisin and leather comes to the fore.

Taste: Big malt presence coupled with toffee/treacle- like sweetness and Bourbon. Warming alcohol burn on the finish

Mouthfeel: Chewy and well balaced. Carbonation is understated but appropriate

Despite it's heft, this goes down too smoothly. This will take the chill out of the winter night (494 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this was a 2012 vintage.

Rusty brown color, slightly hazy, an aggressive pour yielding a relatively small beige head that laced the glass well. Sugary aroma--malts, maple, brown sugar, butterscotch--dark fruits, minor hit of booze. The taste was similar, lots of sweet malts, dark sugars, toffee, some chocolate and hazelnut, rum raisin. Heavier medium body, smooth, some alcohol warmth, as would be expected from the ABV. Very nice overall. I'll have to seek out more of this, and keep some in the cellar. (519 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2002 Old Stock Ale, yeah baby. Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany with a nice sized cream head leaves a nice pattern of scattered lacing. Aroma: Rich alcoholic brandy tone with rich overly ripened fruit soaked in alcohol, very compex and strong smelling. Taste: Malts slightly burnt orangepeel tone with a plums simmered in brown sugar tone a finishing bitter note but the hops don't play a vital role here this is one malty alcoholic tasting beer. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy texture medium carbonation big beer weighs in at 11.4, wow. Drinkability: It's a winter warmer chill and enjoy with a beer over the course of at least 45 minutes let this one warm up a bit, you won't be sorry. (691 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given recommendations from trusted acquaintances. It's labelled "Old Stock Ale 2011". ABV 11.9%, as concurrent with the site at the date of this writing. Cost was $3.49 USD plus tax in Orange County, California.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention (especially for the high ABV). I'm quite impressed by the retention, frankly. The colour is a delightful transparent caramel-ruby. Sitting in me Guinness goblet I can hardly wait to drink it.

Sm: Caramelized malt, cream, toasted malt, some sort of vague dark fruit (which is buried), and yeast. A light to mild strength aroma, but nevertheless a pleasant one.

T: A mellow flavour of dark fruit over a toasted malt foundation, with assorted esters about the fringe, adding complexity. A bit of alcohol warmth tamed by the pleasant yeast. I really quite fancy this one, lads. It's really nicely balanced, and the subtlety of the flavour grows on you as you drink. It's really quite lovely. I'm digging this one, especially for the style. The yeast never comes off as musty at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour profile near perfectly. It's unobtrusive yet supportive. Not unique, but certainly remarkable.

Dr: It's a great beer, highly drinkable, with an alcohol punch that warms but doesn't dissuade. Really lovely. Everyone should try this. I'm impressed. (1,541 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent head and pleasant lace. Pours a dirty (read cloudy) light brown.

Rich warm malty smell: lots of alcohol; caramel candy aroma.

Stronger hop bite than expected. The rich aroma comes through in the sweet, malty flavor. Full bodied as would be expected; relatively low carbonation.

This is a deceptively easy-to-drink barley wine. At 13.25% ABV, this is like having three beers in one. This is an excellent beer if your having only one. (442 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage.
Appearance: a brilliantly ruby reddish hue, with a darkish head that dies down immediately.
Aroma: dazzling! full of dark fruits (cherries, berries, grapes), and wine, port, cognac... a very evident alcoholic component!
Big hops, big malt, big booze: that's the basic lineup, but when it all tastes so good, who could want anything else
A sweet, syrupy characteristic shines through the mouthfeel...the fruit and the booze (brandyish) totally dominates the overall texture.
One thoroughly decadent ale, and a truly stand-out examples of a barleywine.
thanks to weefishheads. (594 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep brown color with 2 inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very very sweet. Smells of sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sugar, and fruity malts. Also a decent amount of alcohol in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of heat.

d - A decent dark ale, but I thought it smelled and tasted too sweet, and I thought the alcohol was too prevelant in the taste. Might give another shot. (546 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Beer is brown with a lot of haze and a thin brown head of small bubbles that breaks super quickly and pulls back to a halo. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is super sweet and molasses. Lots of malt sugar.

Beer is way thinner than I expected, the lead off is almost entirely alcohol, the midpalate is mild sweetness with some roasted candies like caramel or darker molasses. The finish is a little dry.

I reviewed this tonight because it was the new vintage, I realized I had never reviewed it before but I'm currently setting up quite a vertical that I will replace this review with in the future. This beer is pretty hot young. (673 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap into a Bell's tulip at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours nut brown with a very spotty tan head leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of rich caramel malt up front with a touch of booze. Some dark fruits like raisins and figs mix well with a bit of spice and strong brandy flavor from the booze. A very complex nose.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness up front from the malt giving way quickly to lots of dark fruit flavors similar to the nose, toffee, and vanilla. Finish is strong booze that lingers on the pallet for some time. I liked this one a lot but I don't think I could drink more than one at a time. It is a very heavy beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A good amount of booze burn lingers for some time. I think the nitro hurt this one a bit.

D - Not too bad. I like this one out of the bottle better. I think if it was on co2 it would have been a bit better. Still one of my favorites for the style. (953 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled in early 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, brown bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,530 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 edition:

Pours hazed dark brown with an off-white head that thins and stays around. Good head retention for style and abv level.

The smell is rum-like - boozy with prunes and raisins. Some woody earthiness comes through.

The taste is of caramel and booze. Some muted prune-like fruitiness is there as well as woody/earthy notes. Sweet alcohol dominates.

The feel is almost syrupy. Raw and a bit sticky.

Interesting - very hot (which was expected). A slow-sipper to be sure. Maybe this would be better after having mellowed with age, though not bad as it is. (567 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear garnet red in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are lots of aromas in this beer with a nice complexity. I get notes of vanilla, caramel malts, and some dark fruit (fig). Overall a fairly sweet smelling beer with some light hint of alcohol.

T: The taste follows the smell with an almost cloying sweetness to this beer. There is a definite presence of caramel malts along with some brown sugar and molasses. After that the dark fruit is very noticeable with fig being most dominant of the dark fruits. There is a light hint of vanilla and some wood. Light lingering presence of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some alcohol heat is present. Smooth.

O: Overall, there is just a little too much alcohol presence in this beer (in the taste, smell, and mouthfeel) for it to be easy to drink. While it is not the easiest to drink, it is not unenjoyable. This is definitely a sipping beer. (1,083 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very warm/alcohol scent that is rich in malts. It has a complex array of smells. It's sweet and warm, but also with a dry feel. The taste is great. It has an intensely rich, malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with some roasted barley. It has a mildly bitter hop flavor that goes down slow and smooth and finishes warm. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. It has nice complexity and an overall good taste; a good drinker. (631 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Doing a side-by-side with an 07-08.

Poured into a pair of snifters.

Both pour a light layer of fizzy beige head. Color is a murky caramel brown with a peach hue to it.

Aroma: Both are similar but the 07 sticks out more and is more flavorful. Caramel, dark fruits, plums, raisins, licorice, toffee, and malts. It has cereal grains as well.

Taste: More cereal grains and malts. Toffee and some caramel. The malts come out more in the 07. The 08 has a little more of the dark fruits, licorice, plums, and molasses showing. There is some red apples here and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Warm, smooth, and dry. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with grains.

Overall, I enjoyed the -bal aged version way more. This is a rather boring old ale. It is decent, but fairly average. Drinking 24 oz of this might be a challenge.. (885 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Poured a hazy ruby red/amber color. A small head forms upon pouring and dissipates to a smattering of bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: A little bit of alcohol, but overall it is rather sweet smelling. A little bit of fruit and an earthiness.

T: Again a little bit of alcohol, but a lot less than I thought there would be since this bottle is rather fresh. Overly malty, no hops to speak of at all. Some caramel, plums, and brown sugar.

M: Medium to full bodied, and a bit high on the carbonation for the style.

O: Pretty good, even with the hints of alcohol (which weren't entirely unexpected at 11.7%). Good flavor, but the high carbonation was a bit strange. (678 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's, I really should have inquired about the vintage of this as it will haunt me until I have it again and/or find out.

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with an off white creamy head. Nose is full of caramel notes, maltiness and suggestions of oak and vanilla. Mostly sweet aroma is strikingly similar to cotton candy and floral hops. Taste is malty sweet with vanilla, caramel and a little bit of hops in the finish blend with the warmth of the alcohol and some faint astringency. Medium feel and mild amount of carbonation. This is one extremely smooth and drinkable ale. Absoslutely an unexpected awesome surprise. (630 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/25/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Vinatge 2008, 12.5% abv.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 12.5% abv. Poured into my Old Stock glass.

Appearance- Nice congac hued color (light caramel color with an orange tint). About a 1/4 inch head upon pour. Leaves some light spotty lace and a few short lived streaks. Perfectly fine for a high abv brew.

Smell- Roasted sweet caramel. A good amount of alcohol. Pretty deep malt, some burnt sugar. Maybe a dried date scent. A bit more outgoing this would be phenomonal.

Taste- First thing that comes to mind is a bit watery, After that the caramel malts come in, then the light alcohol burn. Malt is heavily roasted with a decent and suprising hoppy bitterness. Some dark fruit flavors, but a bit more alcohol flavor than needed.

Mouthfeel- Too carbonated for an old ale. Also a bit watery as stated above. Where is this hoppy aftertaste coming from? Old Stock and hops?

Drinkability- Still a good job and flavorful. I've had many Old Stocks through the years and am finally going to do a vertical from 2003 to present and rate them. I have had many bottles better than this one, and this one is fairly good. Will update as I do the years and will be complete by Sunday I am hoping. Looking for an average of 4.3 or so if the bottles held up.

3/26/09-

Vintage 2007, 11.7%

Appearance- Better head retention, fairly thick rim remains for the entire consumption of beer. Lacing is also a bit more. Possibly a bit darker in color.

Smell- Relatively similar. Has a slight odd chlorine scent to it. Otherwise very aeromatic. Lots of dark malts and some dark fruits. Alcohol is here as well.

Taste- Very malty, lots of caramel. Alcohol is a bit more hidden. Fairly bready and more of an intesne flavor than the '08. Hops are much less detectable than the '08.

Mouthfeel- Much more smoother, though still a bit more carbonation than desired. Slightly creamy and a bit thicker than the '08. Has a slightly odd aftertaste when waiting a minute bewteen sips.

Drinkability- Already much better than the '08. As long as the rest of them taste this good, I'll be happy. A bit smoother would make for a top notch old ale though.

3/27/09

Vintage 2006, 13.25% version.

Appearance- Leaning towards the '08 version. Larger bubbled quick receeding head, lighter lace markings and a nice brandy-cognac looking color.

Smell- Quite different in the nose. Still has the dark fruits with much more alcohol and a medicinal-plastic nose...phenols? Stong nose, but not as nice of a scent as the other years.

Taste- Fuller flavor for sure. Lots of super roasted caramel. Much more alcohol burn in the flavor. Hops are back, but not as much as in the '08. Probably more raisin flavor among the dark fruits detected.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation is back. Alcohol literally leaves a light tongue burn. Alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste as well. As is a nice hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability- I wish I had purchased the second running version with a lower abv level to compare. Stronger, a bit more flavor, but a bit weird in the nose and brisk in the mouthfeel. So far '07 is the winner. I do like it a bit better than the '08 though.

3/28/09

Vintage 2005, 11.4% abv

Appearance- No major differences. The color seems a bit more hued towards a ruby red rather than a brown caramel tint. Nice light ring of haed throughout the beer. Some light lace sheeting.

Smell- Pretty much roasted caramel and some alcohol soaked furits. Odd that when the beer was first opened it bursted with aroma. I could smell it from several feet away. After about 5 minutes I really had to sink my nose into the glass to get a scent. Some definite leather notes as well. Would probably pair very well with some pipe tobacco.

Taste- The most flavorful per abv level one so far. Nothing flavor really takes over one another. Some nice deep roasted caramel, a touch of hoppy goodness, some dried fig, date and grape notes. A bit of an earthy leathery flavor.

Mouthfeel- The smoothest of them all so far. Flavor lasts a bit after the swallow. Caramel burnt malt aftertaste with the slightest of alcohol burn and slight hop bite. Carbonation is near perfect level. Just a touch too high.

Drinkability- Probably tied with the '07 for my favorite. You can tell it has aged nicely and probably will continue to do so. Going to raise the mouthfeel and drinkability a notch. I will need an outstanding one in the next two to raise the taste a notch.

3/28/09-

Vintage 2004, 11.4% abv.

Only can type limited words due to length. Basically it's all alcohol in this year. Hops held up good, but still my least liked tied with the '08.

Vintage 2003, 11.4% abv.

Appears this one is just as good as the '05 and '07. Very nice roasted caramel taste and lower on the abv spectrum. Pretty smooth as well. Call it a three way tie. (4,836 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark ruby hued, with a thin, wispy tan head that leaves faint lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings malt, toffee, alcohol. The flavor is sweet, with notes of toffee, caramel candies, malt. The feel is medium bodied on the palate. The sweetness is present throughout, but not cloying. The beer actually reminds me of Samichlaus. Good stuff. This will certainly age well. I would definitely have this again. (461 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage Bottle 2003, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty, clear, deep ruby color and is topped by an amber-tan creamy head. The aroma is heady with rich notes of malt, caramel, malt extract. The malt aromas are accentuated by hoppy notes of citrus, apricot, and orange. The taste is full and sweet, and it coats my mouth in a fruity accompaniment that is caused by a marriage of citrusy hop notes and dark fruit malt notes. This is pretty tasty, with notes of plum, raisins, citrus, pine, sherry, leather, and caramel. This beer is a good example of the Barley Wine style, it is perhaps weighted towards the hop end of the scale, but not so much that you can't easily pick out the rich notes that the malts bring to this beer. (729 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz 2008 bottle into a 12oz snifter.

A- Old Stock Ale pours a old ale reddish brown color. With a slightly hard pour no head came up just some popping bubbles. A few swirls managed to produce some small white bubbles. No lacing, pretty much what I expected.

S- Right out of the bottle this pretty much smells like alcohol and malts. As this opens up the alcohol remains but a bunch of dark fruit and caramel come out. Some traces of sherry and sugars are there too. A very nice rich smelling beer.

T- As with the smell this was pretty standard cold but blew me away when it came to. Loads of rich sweet malts with caramel. Not much hops as they faded but a good sense. The alcohol which usually distracts me from the beer works well in this. Dark fruit like plums plus figs and raisins. Some hard alcohol like tastes, this one is great.

M- Well above medium bodied with pretty low carbonation but there is some there. This one is sweet but boozy and still a bit hot after only a year. On par with the english old ales in which I believe this was inspired by.

D- 12.5%, that is alot, and it is noted in the taste. While the ABV is high this is very drinkable although it needs to be sipped and one is plenty although I kind of want to crack another one right now. (1,268 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of bubbly, soft, loose, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd medicinal, cherry aroma. The flavor is malty and caramelly up front followed by some cherry notes and finishes warm with some alcohol coming through. The flavor is a little medicinal as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is an unusual beer. The medicinal characteristics detract from what appears to be a great underlying beer. Overall, I'm disappointed. (529 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, 2009 Vintage,

A: Pours a dark brown, good rich colour, light white head.

S: Classic dark Olde English barleywine and some booze, real light hopping.

T: Robust, full flavours of caramel and malt. Booze is well integrated at this young an age.

M: Smooth, solventy, rich and powerful with residual sugar and ethanol.

D: This is already quite good. Really a sipper right now. I can see 5-7 years of aging could turn this into something phenomenal, I'd love to sample a bottle in 2015. (510 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz botle, 2003 vintage. Pours a dark ruby, mohogany color. Minimal head, leaves lace and settles down to a tiny bubble sheen. Alcohol, flowers and vanilla in the nose. Rich malt notes, alcohol present. Creamy smooth, notes of butter, honey, vanilla, brandy, and caramel and then piney, citrusy hops. Lovely balance and complexity. Clearly a finely crafted product, seek out, and enjoy. Would be great with some stinky cheese, nuts and apples. (445 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle. It poured a darker, murky, caramel brown color with a thin white head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a brown sugar, caramel and toffee presence in it. I also get some sweeter, dark fruit, fig and cherry flavors as well as some boozy alcohol notes. Very appealing and inviting aroma on this cold evening.

The taste has more of the caramel, toffee and malty notes to it at first. In the finish I get some yeast spices mixing with some of the fig and cherry dark fruit notes. A nice balancing bitterness is there in the finish as well, which really helps keep all those sweet, malty flavors in check. Decent amount of alcohol present, but fitting for the style and size of the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very nice beer. It had some big and flavorful malty flavors but managed to balance them out very well. Great beer to sip on this evening. (963 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, hazed ruby brown color with a light tan head that quickly fades to a ring with a steady stream of small carbonation bubbles. Caramel malty aroma, very sweet, some dark fruit, mild alcohol, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, high carbonated. Taste is very sweet, caramel malt and brown sugar dominate. Ripe fruit, creamy, light coffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol is warming, but doesn't burn, overall flavor is very similar to a brandy. Amazingly drinkable. (518 characters)

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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