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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 1,366
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 126
Gots: 418 | FT: 14
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

billab914, Dec 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown color with a deep tan head that stays for a while. It's made of fairly large bubbles, not foamy but bubbly.

S: deep roasted malt, caramel, fruity notes, and not a hint of booze. The smell is excellent and big.

T: tastes of caramel, malt, some booze, dark fruit like plum or grape or raisin. This is full of flavor!

M: great carbonation for such a deep, strong beer. Medium-heavy body.

O: This is a very good old ale without much of a twist, but it's complex and beautiful. At $12 a 4-pack, I'd buy it again, but I'll try a few new ones first. It was also surprisingly difficult to locate.

Holland, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Jay864SC, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Bottle, Reviewed in November 2011
This is one beer I buy on a regular basis so it's about time that I sat down and reviewed it.

A: Pours a clear, beautiful, brilliant deep/dark ruby-red color; almost no head, no lacing. The color is just gorgeous when held to the light

S: Notes of dark malts, raisins, figs, and toffee; the smell is rather light and subdued, I had to really stick my nose in there to get a good whiff

T: Sweet malts, earthy grains, lots of raisins and toffee, finishes with a good malty booze sharpness

M: Smooth, medium viscosity, slightly sharp and boozy at the end, but not too boozy. In fact it's very smooth for how high (11.9%) the abv is

O: This is a world-class beer, and definitely sits somewhere in the top 10 for me. Even though it's a little pricey, I think it's well worth it

Jules11788, Nov 30, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a sweet tea like brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a couple fingers of light tan head which quickly fades away. Lacing is light in the glass.

Smell: Sweet lightly roasted malts with a big presence of caramel and toffee. Some molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits with hints of prunes, figs, and raisins. Also some vanilla, earthy hops, and alcohol in the mix.

Taste: Light the smell leads. Big taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. Some brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla throughout. A pretty noticeable presence of dark fruits with notes of raisins, fig, and prunes. Finishes with a little hop bitterness and alcohol. Also has a bit of a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Sticky. Finishes a bit dry while the molasses lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol heat is noticeable but not too hot.

Overall: A pretty good old ale. Flavors are bold but nothing is overwhelming. Fairly easy drinking for a fresh bottle.

MattyG85, Nov 30, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours with about a half inch of off white head which quickly dissipates. Lacing sticks around as the beer warms. The beer itself is a deep ruby/mahagony color.

S: Toasted bread, sweet caramel and toffee tones, a really nice grainy character and I do also get some of the alcohol but not much for being 11.7 %. A slight toasted almond aroma comes through as the beer warms.

T: Great balance of flavor here. The sweet malts blend so well with alcohol and the hop bitterness. Nothing is too overpowering. Again, great toffee/bready/caramel flavors.

M: Not as thick and viscous as I would have thought for such a big beer, but not thin either. The flavor lingers in a great way and I like that it is not too sticky on the tongue.

O: Great beer and I will have again. Need to put a few in the cellar to see what 3+ years will do to this beer.

ArchEnemyBrew, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RobertColianni, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

bobv, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

cornucopia, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

warbird07, Nov 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

akttr, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby caramel brown with large quick to recede tan head. Nose is light fruits, dark fruits, caramel malts brown sugar, mollasses. Taste follows suit with mollasses, fruits caramel and some alcohol heat presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice sipper of an old ale.

heebes, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

PBwjfk, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

deapokid, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant crystal clear blood red color into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. This was a 2011 edition with ABV clearly marked on the label.
One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Little to no carbonation.
Aroma is a mix of berries (mostly blueberries), dark fruits, raisin like notes with hints of vanilla and malt coming through intermittently.
Taste compliments the aroma, and is sweet upfront. The malts take over in the middle, the mix of sweet fruity notes and the malt coat the palate very nicely in the middle. The finish is almost tart and dry; leaves you wanting more.
The alcohol is masked really, really well. I couldn't feel the alcohol till the 'burn' was felt almost towards the end.
Mouthfeel is very pleasing and the drinkability is really good.
This is just a fantastic ale, visually and on the palate. Considering how well the alcohol is masked in the fresh bottle, one can only imagine how age would only make it better.
Definitely ranks high up in the 'old ale' category. A must-try for anyone who enjoys this type of ales. Comes highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 26, 2011
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,546 ratings.