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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,583 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,583
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 126
Gots: 437 | FT: 15
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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Photo of slowbie
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: pours a dark orange-brown color with a one finger head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: sweet caramel malts with some dark fruitiness. a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Something about the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. The taste is a weakened version of the caramel malts in the smell leading into a dark fruit plumlike aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very watery for an old ale. Carbonation level a little low for my taste.

Drinkability: Not the best old ale I've ever had, but a solid beer overall.

slowbie, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark red-amber color with 1 finger of caramel-colored head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing on the glass, and extremely effervescent.

Smell: Strong with notes of caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits, a little bit of hops, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Caramel malts kick things off up front which then gives way to a big molasses taste with undertones of toffee and a little bit of a carmel apple taste. The back finishes up with a hint of spice, a brown sugar note, and a light-to-moderate hop bitterness. The alcohol is really well disguised, though the beer is rather warming.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, a little sticky, and surprisingly low carbonation for how effervescent it is in the glass.

Drinkability: The stickiness of the beer makes it a little rough to go down, and it's definitely just a sipper. Very filling also, think of this as a meal in a bottle.

Final Notes: This would make a great beer to sip by the fireplace or campfire in the wintertime or to pair with a dessert. Warming and deliciously sweet, but you must treat it with respect.

bagpiper2005, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

(not on tap)

2nd Review of this beer (had the 2009 vintage)
Today picked up a 2010 Vintage and it NEEDS another review.

I was excited to get this, see this beer everywhere but really enjoyed it last time i had it - WTF happened? I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle, or if they messed something up this year, but this is NOT the beer i had in 2009.

Looks like a normal, nice reddish brown strong ale, not much lacing, but that's understandable at 11.7% (new ABV?).

Smell is where it really comes out that this beer is not ok - it smells like a skunky, bready, strong lager - almost smells like Super Tenents or something raunchy, only a bit of redeeming wine like character, but more boozy...not alright. (i even let it sit for 30 min to see if it would dissipate)

Taste is just ok for a strong ale - a bit of sweet stuff, bready malts, but tastes viscous, strong and harsh - a little hop backbone at the end but nothing much...could be more sticky so mouthfeel is not bad.

Can't give it much in the drinkability departmet - harsh, pretty gnarly, and tastes every bit of 11.7%.

I'm seriously dissapointed in this beer from a pretty darn good brewery, unless Im going crazy, this is NOT the same beer I tried in 2009.

benclimbs, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of red. The head is just a tight cap of sand colored foam.

The aroma has a good level of intensity, fitting with an 11.5% brew. The classic dark fruit aromas are all there, with figs and raisins coming to mind first. There is a little bit of a woody, bark and stem character coming through. Alcohol heat is on the low side.

In the taste, the alcohol heat comes through just a bit more. Some fruitiness is also present, but most of the flavor is a mouth coating maltiness with a hint of cocoa. There seems to be a tiny hint of acidity to bring some sharpness to the malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is lowly attenuated, with a good, maybe even slightly high level of carbonation. It's fitting, but doesn't elevate the beer any. The drinkability on this is about average. It's high abv and a slow sipper, but I found myself losing interest towards the end.

jeffthecheff, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Bragg California @ North Coast Brewing Company. Drinking Old Stock Ale on tap on July 20, 2010.

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

Appearance: Dark Amber and clear. Head is tight and retention is low. Lacing is very low. For the alcohol % it is above average. Lacing much better in my glass than in my buddies glasses which is good for this review.

Smell: Sweet Alcohol dances delightfully on my nose. Not a lot going on.

Taste: Shocking better on tap. Delightful burn going on. IT's really good on tap WOW. All of it's flaws that are so apparent are not here, it dances along your tongue with hints of dark fruits. Smooth, alcohol is hidden behind the actual flavor of Old Stock Ale that must only be revealed in bottles by aging it for a fortnight.

Mouthfeel: I think this is far less syrupy than it's bottled brethren. This is a vast improvement.

Drinkability: Still the12% alcohol bomb that demands sipping. Delicious but not so much that you can pound these past the point of caution.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of tbizzle0
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into my Duvel tulip.

Very malty nose, though I couldn't really pull out any individual smells except for a bit dark fruity malt flavor.

Wow, lots of flavors in this one. Tons of sweet malt flavor, molasses, brown sugar, some vanilla and a lot of dark fruits. It's buttery, it's warm, it's sweet... very good beer

Carbonation and mouth feel were very good. I'll definitely get more of this one for those cool fall nights!

tbizzle0, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of 2DaMtns
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't what I really expected. It is much heavier and intense, and that is not a bad thing, but I cracked it open hoping for a good kicking back beer after work at 3am.

It poured a nice, dark copperish color, with a good head, although by the time I got settled in my chair the head was gone.

This has a powerfully sweet taste. For 11.5%, I didn't taste the alcohol as much as I expected, but now, 10-15 minutes after finishing it, I feel flushed, like I just took a double shot of whiskey. It's pretty smooth, has a decent mouthfeel, and is a good beer overall, I just wasn't prepared for it. This would be better with a meal, or just after eating. Not one to drink quickly or to have more than one or two of at a time.

2DaMtns, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

mdfb79, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A nice brown-violet color that appears very creamy in the glass. Nice tan'ish head that lasts a while.

S - Holy malt. Dark fruits - dates, figs, grapes. Molasses.

T - WEIRD! This tastes almost purely like sugar plums. Perhaps the sweetest beer I've ever tasted. A bit repulsive in that sense, but it is true to the style. Dark fruits, plums, dates, figs, molasses. Flavors taste a bit roasted and nutty.

M - Pretty thick and oily tasting. Not a dry finish at all. Very alcoholic finish.

D - Not drinkable at all. If you can drink one of these, you're lucky. I'm glad I tried it, though. This is a very interesting style of beer that I have yet to taste. I'd like to try another in the style. Cool.

jmerloni, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark copper/brown with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Heavy dark fruits such as plums and raisins. Caramel malts, alcohol, etc.

Taste - Quite similar to the nose. However, the initial taste is heavy malt sweetness. This is followed by a massive amounts of dark fruits (as the nose). Slight nuttiness, almost no alcohol warming and I can't taste any while drinking it. For almost a 12% this is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel - Quite an impressive Mouthfeel...heavy viscosity, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Damn...this is a sipper. I attempted to quaff a bit of this and it did NOT work. Heh... Quite a solid old ale. Very nice. Glad I got this as a single.

SpdKilz, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby brown with a skim beige head that ends up as a ring. Chill haze, no lace.

Brown bread, toasted malt, boozy fruit and caramel aromas.

Toasted malt and burnt sugar, with browned stone fruit, with some caramel, a little butter and vanilla, and a long mild bitter finish. Just terrific and complex, with multiple changes and layers of flavor. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden.

Medium-full body, just the right amount of carbonation.

This is going down easier than anticipated. It is going to kick my ass too. 11% is no joke. I could have one more, and that would be it. Tasty and probably better as a winter sipper. Still, a must try. Very good.

OtherShoe2, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of briggssteel
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- A dark brown. Looks pretty thick but has a nice head.

Smell- A lot of malt coming through in the smell. A lot like a bock. Picking up some fruit like smells. Very sweet smelling.

Taste- A lot of sweetness right off the bat. It kind of melds into a dark fruit taste and ends with a strong alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a thick, sticky type feel.

Drinkability- I hate to rate something this low for drinkability but I have to be honest, I really didn't care to finish the beer I had let alone start thinking about opening another. In my opinion it's just much too sweet and there's too much of a boozy aftertaste although it is 11%, so what else would you expect.

As a last note if you're into doppelbocks or stronger abbey ales I'm sure this beer is right up your alley. I just personally don't care for a ton of dark malt flavor and sweetness in my beer.

briggssteel, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, 2010 and 2008 bottles side by side, scores for the 2010.

A- Dark ruby red with an off-white head that builds up for a bit but has low retention. A ring persists for a while. A nice color, sticky suds but no lace.

S- Some yeasty bread notes and dark fruit up front with some caramel. A bit roasty, alcohol is well hidden. 2008: Much stronger aroma that is an absolute blast of caramel.

T- Nice toasty and roasty caramel. The dark fruit in this beer has always impressed me. Some hop bitterness and grassy flavors. Cherries. Great balance and alcohol that is hidden amazingly. 2008 is much sweeter and way heavier on the caramel.

MF- Moderate, creamy body that has a good amount of warmth to it. Some bitters on the palate among low carbonation, the feel suits the flavors.

DB- Price good for the ABV and taste. The fruit, roasty and barleywine notes are great and the aged version is very nice. Glad I have a good amount of bottles to age. Hard to take much at once but still enjoyable.

cbutova, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gave this a pretty aggressive pour to see if I could come up with any head due to the 11.5 abv. Success! About a finger of head that looks just like cappuccino foam. It was short lived an quickly resided into spotty lacing. All in all though, this amber colored beer looks great with tiny bubbles floating to the top. When I cram my nose into my glass I immediately get sucker punched with a fist full of alcohol, this was not unexpected. After the first whiff of getting over the alcohol burn, layers of toffee and caramel come to fruition with a faint hint of brandy in the background. This syrupy beer is very warming with comforting flavors. Once again toffee and caramel come to mind with a bit of fruit; particularly plumbs. Roasted malts everywhere! The finish does leave a lingering taste of alcohol on the middle of the tongue. This is a flavorful beer which feel good in the mouth, a bit syrupy and the alcohol is warm going down, but nothing I wouldn't love on a chilly winter evening. The light carbonation very much helps bring all the flavors to life. Certainly a sipper, but as this comforting beer can be enjoyed on the best of quiet evenings.

Bendurgin, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of diamondc
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

Not that much to look at in a Duvel tulip glass. Ruby red, with barely a wisp of foam after the head dies down.

Smells like peach cobbler to me. Can smell the booze immediately. Incredibly hot. Like drinking cherry cough syrup. Trying to get past the ethanol I get a bit of butterscotch, fruitcake, red grape flavor. Hops are non-existant. Definitely one for the cellar, or closet in my case.

diamondc, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of eat
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from a trade with ritzkiss. Thanks a ton! I haven't had anything from North Coast since I drank a Brother Thelonious while watching some jazz at the Blue Note in NYC a year and a half ago. 12.5% ABV listed on the bottle. Poured into an over-sized wine glass as my only snifter recently broke.

The beer pours an initial finger of cream white head which immediately fades to a patchy cover and ring around the glass; expected along with the high alcohol. Opaque and a dark, nutty brown colour, this stuff looks alright.

The smell is pretty awesome and definitely seems aged. Dusty red wine, brown sugar, butter, prune juice, soft spices (cinnamon, white pepper) and some light earthiness all stick out amongst a sweet, complex nose. Almost no alcohol is evident; it must have smoothed itself out with age.

This stuff is very well balanced, being quite sweet but matched by an understated earthy bitterness. Alcohol definitely creeps into the mix but only in the best way possible; warming as it should. The flavour parallels the nose, with lots of dark brown sugar, vinous notes (dry port, slight cognac), prunes, distant spice and some musty-old-basement all underscored with soil-like hop bitterness.

While hidden a bit in the mouth by all the sweetness, some serious IBUs show up on the finish, leaving a chalky feel behind. Its silky medium body is lightly carbonated.

This brew makes for an ideal night cap; great on a cool summer evening but probably more appropriate to warm up with in the winter months. This is a sipper if I've ever tasted one, easily able to fill an hour's time like a fine single malt. Not incredibly "drinkable" but so delicious. A little bottle of this stuff is definitely enough all on its own.

I haven't tried this stuff fresh but looking at the reviews, I wouldn't touch this stuff for at least a year. At two years old, this is some serious beer. If you're buying some new bottles just stash them somewhere and forget about them. I could imagine this aging for a good long while. I would love to have a bunch of this sitting in my imaginary cellar.

eat, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark reddish-brown color, with a decent initial khaki head which quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, apples, dark fruits and vintage port. Very vinuous on the palate, with spicy raisins, juicy apples, apricots and alcohol. A very complex and enjoyable barleywine/old ale.

emmasdad, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Dalem
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark rust in color that reminds me a bit of apple cider fresh from the mill. Minimal head but a constant ring around the top of the brew all the way through leaving a thick, runny lacing all the way down the glass. A firm but not overbearing aroma of grapes and caramel stand out in the scent. There is a dent of alcohol that comes out on the nose too but no as strongly as one would expect with it's high abv (11.5% to be exact). A woodsy nuance comes out too where one would almost think it is barrel aged but there's nothing on the label stating such. A very warming and friendly smell all around.
First sip and there's already a lot of different levels of flavors coming out. A smooth buttery caramel steps up first softening up the tastebuds. Next comes a finely aged quality port wine likeness that is just as quickly followed by either something that reminds me of cherries or green apples. It's hard pinpointing which exactly. I had my better half take a sip as to see if she could tell which and she's torn between the two as well. The finish has a little bit of hotness from the high alcohol count but is mellowed out by vanilla and more of that caramel taste that it had in the beginning.

Dalem, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into snifter. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark ruby-red brown with a thin light brown head that faded quickly into a thin scum and collar around the glass. Decent spots of lacing.
S: Notes of rich alcohol, rum cake, raisons and dark fruits, caramel, dark malts, and sweet butterscotch and toffee.
T: Heavy diacetyl butterscotch taste mixed with some caramely malt, raisin and toffee. Alcohol is still hot since this is a fresh bottle, and overpowers some of the flavors. Notes of rum and cough syrup come through as well. Diacetyl died down about halfway through the glass.
M: Slick medium-full body, medium carbonation that is soft and creamy, and a mouthfeel that is hot with alcohol and sweetness. Aftertaste is fruity, syrupy and spicy.
D: I feel bad review this beer so fresh. This will be better in a year or two. Right now it's just too hot. Flavors are rich enough though. Will try this again after some ageing and probably give it a higher score.

scottfrie, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from the 2009 bottling.

A: The pour is a sort of muddy brownish red color with a short lived tan head that settles down to a thin ring.

S: A strong aroma of dark fruits, leather, toffee, and dark sugars. There is a mild alcoholic presence in the form of sherry, rum which works nicely with the plums and raisins.

T: There is a bitterness and dryness that wasn't quite expected. The leathery quality really shines through along with some dark/burnt sugars. Surprisingly, the fruits are somewhat subdued.

M: The body is full with a smooth carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy as well.

D: Not the best of the old ales that I've come across. Perhaps I need to try this one at varying ages to see how it might differ.

womencantsail, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 release

Appearance -- Pours a ruby red with a finger of beige head that slowly dissipates into a fog of beige foam over the liquid line.

Smell -- Caramel, brown sugar, raisins, some spiciness, and a strong whiff of alcohol.

Taste -- Rum-soaked raisins, molasses, some spiciness and a hint of vanilla, and an abundance of ethanol.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, slick, viscous, with biting alcohol.

Drinkability -- Easily one of the booziest beers I've ever had, and even at 11.5% it probably shouldn't have been. There was certainly some deep malty character, but the taste of ethanol overwhelmed all of the flavors I hoped would come out based on the nose.

EDIT: 10 months later the booziness has improved remarkably. Still not my favorite, but I'd bump this to a B/B+

yeahnatenelson, May 31, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got 2 of these, extras in a trade. 2010 12oz bottle...

A: Looks very good! Deep murky brown swamp blended with wine ruby red. Thick 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace, but never completely disappears. Very good.

S: Dark fruit: raisin, plum, grape upfront with sweet sugar malt in the middle. Hints of booze in the middle / back with a slight port on the backend. Good.

T: Kind of a thick murky taste. Watery booze upfront with a sweet malty sugar wall immediately following. Hints of vanilla, oak, and earthiness on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium carbonation with a very creamy smoothness. Very good.

D: A little hot. The 11.5% is not very well hidden. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not as good as expected for an old ale. I've been getting into Old Ale's like Hardy lately. Good to try at least once if you have access, but don't bother hunting this brew.

steve8robin, May 31, 2010
Photo of doctormo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, I picked up a 4-pack today to go with 2 - 4-packs of Surly and a couple of sixers to qualify for the case discount and tried one in the late afternoon.

This ale is tasty and strong. However, I realized that my timing was stupid as I have things yet to do today had I a couple of nice beers to quench the palette and the 11-12% alcohol of this beer will knock me out. I only drank half the bottle and set it aside for functional reasons so my review is first impressions only.

Very nice color and appearance, almost beautiful in a BA way. The taste is full and complex and the alcohol content is masked by the nice flavor but clearly there. A very fine tasting ale but must be imbibed with caution.

I recommend that Old Stock Ale be drunk as a first beer when the palette is clean and the mind is clear. Afterwards, you can drink a regular ale and think you got a Coors Light by mistake. This is one fine ale albeit a bit strong.

doctormo, May 29, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as 12.5% on the draft list. Served in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: tall, lean head - moderate wilt; lazy lacing, the sherry-red pigment sinks low
Smell: a mix of port wine and barleywine
Taste: a mix of whiskey and barleywine
Mouthfeel: thick, slick, sweet, neat; smooth whiskey finish
Drinkability: very much so, but one and done

North Coast succeeds again. Enjoyable but not sustainable. Thought it would go nice with the BBQ pulled pork sandwich I ordered, and it just made the grade. A lot of high alcohol brews like this will be all ethanol when paired with sweet, smoky meat The intriguing and intoxicating flavor of OSA, however, luckily, held firm. It packs a (and resembles a refined, hard fruit) punch.

Bouleboubier, May 29, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on a few occasions but a favorite trader of mine sent me a 2008 vintage a short while ago and I decided to crack it and realized I haven't reviewed it. So 12oz 2008 vintage into a snifter.

a- the beer pours a dark amber that shows great clarity and a nice change of color with deep ruby tones when held to light. a persistant centimeter of cream colored head left nice lacing along the side of the glass.

s- heavy sweet malts, mainly caramel and reminscent of raisons with a hint of alcohol

t- massive malt sweetness with tones of caramel, highly fruity esters and a bit of nuttiness. really no oxidation but just a hint of alchohol as it warms past cellar temps. there's nothing mind-blowing here but it's really exceptionally smooth and well melded.

m- massive viscosity....to the point of being chewy. the feel really adds to the richness of the beer and a subtle carbonation fits well. a tame amount of alcohol warming.

d- it definitely takes a hit here. this one defines a sipper if there was a definition. a very rich flavorful beer. it is very tasty and easily aquired for a decent price, so it could be a regular nightcap beer and one that ages gracefully.

Freethyhops, May 28, 2010
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,583 ratings.