Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,686 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 134
Gots: 465 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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Photo of tard24
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badger5209
1.8/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a very sweet beer, literally, not figuratively. I didn't like it. Poured some out, which I never do. I see this is highly rated, which is why I bought it. But the emperor has no clothes as far as I am concerned.

Photo of JasW
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The 2014 poured a gorgeous burgundy-tinted dark amber color into a tulip. Boozy nose. Has one of the most complex yet inexplicably balanced tastes of any beer I've ever tried. Malt, yeast, hops, fruit -- they all seem to be in there. My head is swimming, and it's not just the 11.8% ABV. This beer is an unabashed treat, and the folks at North Coast deserve a medal. Or at least people lining up to buy it. I could believe that kind of hype for an ale like this.

Photo of Harvest06
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chris826
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vancean2
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SVance
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TTTBeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edavilamty
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vma
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ravenscraft
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Qsnow
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Fordknox
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jopezu
5/5  rDev +21.4%

old stock ale 2013 bottle poured into a snifter. deep amber cider color. slight head that dissipates quickly, but holds a compact, effervescent carbonated mouthfeel very well throughout the duration. nose is sweet sugar, dark fruit and bread. taste is a subtle, roving complexity; burnt sugar, raisin, fig, plum, and toast. at 11.9 abv, there is a gliding ester quality and warming booze tone. an amazingly balanced sipper. enjoy!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, 2014 on the bottle. Never had this before and I haven't had an Old Ale in quite some time and even though I've been reviewing beers on here for years, bottles like this always throw me for a loop. There's a *lot* going on here and although that's not a bad thing, it can overwhelm the taste buds pretty easily. Very complex and strong, this was an Old Ale that was true to form.

This had a very dark brown hue with a hint of plum tint to it, with strong carbonation and a fluffy head that quickly settled down. Lots of bread and dark fruit in the nose, reinforced by currant, booze, and yeast in the taste. Some brown sugar sweetness and fig was underneath everything but the overall taste was that of a highly fermented apple cider. Sweet, malty, and potent, this packed quite a punch even though the warming effect really wasn't there. A bit more sweet or potent and this could have been a Barleywine. A bit more wheat and it could have been a Dark Wheat Ale or Dunkelweizen. A bit more fruit and this would have been a true fall seasonal with pear and grape notes. As it was, this was the epitome of what an Old Ale should be, given that other years reviewed on here had varying tasting profiles, like a Lambic.

Strong this felt and strong this was but that didn't detract from the profile or drinkability of this beer. The yeast and fruit flavors lingered beautifully long after the liquid went down and there was enough malt her to make this full but just short of feeling cloying or chewy. Short of having too much grain or rye, this beer nailed what an Old Ale should be and in terms of quality, stands toe-to-toe with the Old Rasputin. An outstanding offering and the example of why brewers should add an Old Ale to their portfolio. Complexity is rarely more enjoyable than this.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Sambo4
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.