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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,534 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 124
Gots: 413 | 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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4.5/5  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
Photo of jtingue
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Reddish brown in color. Pours with a large, but thin soda like head which dissipates quickly to nothing. Leaves some lacing and nice alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

Smell. Awseome out of the snifter. Starts with sweet vanilla which mixes with a berry and grape scent. A slight smokiness is faintly present along with some hard candy flavors.

Taste. Starts out quite sweet with a building grape flavor, not dry, but more juice like. A slight bitterness joins this to balance the overwhelming sweetness. The beer dries out a bit and alcohol burn is introduced. Flavors of dark fruits, raisin and grape juice continue through a dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body which works perfectly to covey the flavor to the palate, but not thick enough to allow the flavor to linger. Carbonation is pretty much nonexistent due to dissipation. For the first few sips, though, there is mouth filling intense level of carbonation.

I would liken this beer to a sweeter brandy or conac. This is actually the second bottle I've sampled out of a 4 pack from the 2011 vintage. The first I sampled fresh and this one with a few months of age on it. The difference is already astonishing. Some of the alcohol burn I noticed in the first one has receded and the flavors overall have become more complex. Cant wait to taste the other two after a year or so.

jtingue, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle served in a brandy glass. I bought a four pack with the intent of aging this beer for a few years, but I need a baseline to judge the aged results. Provided this blog last a few years from now, I plan to revisit this review with an aged update.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel/rose brandy color. Pours a very thin head that totally disappears when it settles. Falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, though much much closer to translucent. No lacing, but not surprising given 11.7% ABV. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet caramel/toffee and slight vanilla nose. Some fruit and rum aromas. Molasses-sugary sweetness too. An odor of rubbing alcohol is definitely apparent in the nose. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex and sweet. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Some vanilla/peaty flavors. Reminds me of butterscotch candy on the mid-palate. A little bitter. Definitely detecting some dark fruits. Finishes with a warming alcohol sweetness that does not linger very long. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimum carbonation. Very warming alcohol sensation on the palate. Finishes sweet. 4/5

Overall: A very complex beer with bold, aggressive flavors. Alcohol is not very balanced, but not overly singeing either. Can't wait to revisit this one if a few years.

jegross2, Nov 24, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanksgiving morning, just finsished a 10K race and about to start watching the Lions/Packs.

2011 Vintage. 11.9%

Appearance-I'm beginning to just believe that all Old Ales/Barleywines/Quads are all great looking beer regardless of the taste. Pours a dark reddish/brown. Slow rising carbonation bubbles and many bubbles clinging to bottom of the glass. Head is about one finger of off white head, dissipates quickly, and leaves little lacing.

Smell-Wasn't expecting to get this first but really get alot of Pear and Peach. Smells kind of like a Grand Cru style beer but better. The dark fruits do come out along with some molasses and spice.

Taste-Loads of caramel, toffee and dark fruits up front, then turns into some booze, but not too overpowering as i'd expect. Then I continue to pick out some peach and some lemon as well. Loads of malt and sweetness does a great job at eliminating all the booziness.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, moderate carbonation. For 12% it's not to hard to drink, although you should probably sip it.

Overall-Awesome beer. Could be for dessert or with a meal. Been told this is one of the best beers to age so am definitely going to stock up and try one every few months.

SWMeyer4141, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

drewone, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: will pour a dark ruby-orange/mahogany brown with a fat but quickly dissipating tan head.

S: dark fruit, spices, molasses/treacle

T: fairly complex by my reckoning - starts off sweet and ripe - dates, fig; but then there was a dry whisky taste, reminding me of barrels of whisky aging in Scottish glens. This, too, slipped away and I was appreciating the spices and sugars again.

M: light syrup at about 55-60 degrees, faint carbonation keeps it lively; some stickiness

O: a delight to drink. Big fan of North Coast's Old Rasputin, so when I saw this I had to try it. $5 for the 12 oz bottle w/ 11.9(!) abv, and well-worth it. Many characteristics of an English barleywine. It was also the last bottle, a 2011. Wish I had another.

Update: Wish granted: have come to really appreciate this beer - as I have found it, I have bought it.

And another update: 2012 release (w/ 11.7 abv and a different look to the bottle): wow. This beer is a treat. English hops and malt really set this brew apart: sweet, rich, classy, sophisticated, strong. Keep it coming.

Greywulfken, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

GHeinze89, Nov 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

johnhenryconway, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Burt, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

rrryanc, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

dave8910, Nov 21, 2011
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.