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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 521 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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2011 vintage. Pours a dark toffee hue, vigorous pour nets a small half finger off white head. Poor retention with visible carbonation and no lacing on the glass.

Bready and thick syrupy caramel malts with raisins and molasses. The sweetness and alcohol give off a rum raisin combination. Mineral and pine hops on the back end. Simple and pleasant.

Molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness which is well balanced by some medicinal hops. Tones of prunes and cherries with a splash of brandy imparted by the high alcohol which provides a steady warmth to the beer.

Syrup heavy body, chewy, lightened up by some nice carbonation. Alcohol is evident but the drink finishes very clean.

Classic old ale, molasses and dark fruit highlights, text book flavor and character. A great sipper that really requires some aging to find a balance between keeping the hops and letting the alcohol mellow out.

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Old Ale 2012

Appearance: deep amber color with a small but lingering head.

Aroma: Sweet, malty biscuit

Taste: Slight dark chocolate, sweet malt. For 11.9% it is not "hot" and has a mix between a sweet malty beer with moderate hop and a darker roasted malt.

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Smell: rich and fruity.

Taste: sweet, fruity, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: smooth with prickly carbonation.

This is a wonderfully appealing Old Ale, smooth and sophisticated. Try it with a nice, sharp Cheddar.

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2011 Vintage

A-This beer pours fairly clear. The body is a beautiful orange-between-crimson color. Body glows dimly. Head is tan and slight. Head consists is more bubbly than frothy. Head is not big but it laces well for its size. Very pretty.

S-Big, rich nose. Superb notes of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Has some whiskey/liqueur characteristics. Light tobacco. Apple juice. Quite boozy in the nose. The alcohol is balanced very well by the big flavor notes. The months of sitting has probably mellowed it out a bit.

T-The flavor is nice but it isn't as pleasant as the nose. Less intense and noticeably more subtle. Rich sweetness with some great liqueur-dipped fruits. Pipe tobacco and even some lighter earthy hops still lingering. The flavor grows on me as the beer progresses. Initially, I felt a bit let down by the flavor but it got better per sip.

M-Big, wealthy and chewy. Carbonation is very mellow. Alcohol is pretty drying. Lingering bitterness and syrupy-feel via the malt.

O/D-This is a pretty damn good Oldie. I have had a couple other Old Ales with more intensity and complexity. Yet this beer really opened itself up to me after a few good swigs. A notch or two below spectacular, but for $4 a 12 oz. I was nowhere near upset by this purchase.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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