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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
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2,449 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 126
Gots: 398 | FT: 17
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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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear dark red almost like beet juice with a small tan head. The color is really nice. The smell has a malty sweetness to it along with some dark fruits and alcohol. The taste has a strong malt sweetness along with a strong alcohol flavor. Some darker fruits,prunes and raisins, have also a presence in this beer. The m/f is heavy and the balance is OK,but not great. Overall, this is a very good brew from a brewer who knows what he's doing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 22:53:39 | More by jmz62565
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danielharper

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Frugal MacDougal, Nashville, TN.

2004 bottling date.

Pours deep brown color, like a thin chocolate milk, with a thick khaki head that dissipates to soapscum after a few minutes. Looks great in the glass.

Very sweet, malty caramel in nose. Thus far the alcohol is hidden from me conpletely, making this a very incredible find for a beer as big as this.

Taste... ahh, now there's the alcohol. Very sweet up-front flavor, all that caramel and the like, but with a strong alcohol phenol as the beer goes down. Warms the chest like hard liquor, but smoothly and very drinkably like a very fine example of such. I was expecting a bit more hoppiness here, but the malts are very nice in and of themselves, and make this beer really wonderful.

Nice, thick mouthfeel. A joy to wash around the mouth and allow the flavors to settle in. Not the thickest beer I've had, but close.

This is a "sipper", not a "gulper", but it's one that I'll sip as regularly as I can get them. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:22:25 | More by danielharper
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ashleyshalyn

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from short little glass bottle 12 oz into a snifter

A: Reddish mahogany w/ no head

S: Malty Malty fruit, alcohol w/ slight nutty essence and raisons

T: Strawberry and Raspberry malt sweetness with alcohol and an oily caramel characteristic.

M: Full, thick, and syrupy.

This is a killer Ale to try. I highly recommend giving it a whirl!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 20:18:13 | More by ashleyshalyn
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monkeybutler

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this case of 2004 for almost 6 months now. I bought one of the last ones from the Beer Yard, and it was money well spent.

It pours a deep ruby red-brown, which little head to speak of, almost no lacing and moderate carbonation.

The smell is of bourbon and sweet malt aroma.

The tast is great. I can't say enough. It's sweet and rich like a port, smooth as a 12 year bourbon and satisfying in ways I can't describe.

It's cloyingly malty, and not quite as syrupy as you'd think, as far as thickness goes. You get a little carbonic bite in the finish.

I could drink this all night. Well...not all night, maybe 1/4 a night, and I'd be dead asleep after that.

It's such a good old ale, or barleywine or whatever. I just hope that I can stave off temptation to drink my last 8 bottles. I'd like to save some for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 03:57:04 | More by monkeybutler
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Bottling enjoyed with friends during the superbowl and paired with a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup...Sublime!

Poured out deep brown with an aple tan head that left plenty of lace. Aroma of cocoa and toasted malt. Rich and deep and dessert like. Taste was wonderfully complex blend of caramel, chocolate and toasted malt. Thick and rich and luscious on the tongue makes this tipple exceptional as a nightcap or with a good book.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 12:43:10 | More by Citadel82
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2004 edition in a stubby brown bottle.

This beer poured a deep copper color, like a mahogany, with a short and fizzy head. The nose was of full and complex with numerous fruits along with a strong maltiness and some underlying alcohol. The flavor was large as well. Each sip held a new surprise and another facet of the beer's flavor profile to explore. A wonderously complex and outstanding example of the style with a high drinkability rating because of a hidden and alochol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:27:48 | More by edmundfitzoil
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005

I've reviewed a relatively fresh 2003 and an aged 2003. I personally feel that this one is better fresh (or maybe 2005 is just better). This is a truly great beer. Rich malts balanced wonderfully with hops-bitterness. This is a beer to savor and sip lovingly. Yet very drinkable, especially at 11 + % abv. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:40:21 | More by kingjames1
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 2011 (09/21/11)
Brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate malt, and an underlying cherry-like alcohol/ester combo works to perfection with an alcohol culmination of rum and port wine. Malty throughout with a full and rounded start and an even fade to malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth with a linger of toffee and chocolate.

Release 2010 (02/23/11)
North Coast continues to develop the recipe for much more sultry flavor and cleaner alcohol taste. Brown sugar and cherry-like esters give the impression of port wines and brandies. Bold toffee flavor dominates early with a follow of ripe grapes, cherries, sherry, dates, and raisons. Syrupy textures give a sticky feel, and with a follow of warming, if not hot alcohols. Seemingly a Barleywine, except for a lightened body and drier finish.

Release 2003 - 3.8 (3/26/07)
These vintage ales turn out as beauties after a few years of age. Still strong flavored with malts and very warm with alcohols, but a lot smoother and more appreciable than the 'fresh' releases. This has all the flavors aromas and textures needed in an Old Ale, but must be respected as a brandy.

Release 1005 - 4.2 (4/27/07)
The regular 11% version with over a years worth of cellering. The beer matures wonderfully in about that time's span. Not nearly as alcoholically intense or fusal as it was last year. Sweetness dominates and the hops have fallen out, leaving a well balanced, quite clean, characterful, fruity, syrupy joy to drink. I do beleive that this beer can handle another year of maturing before tiring. Great way to close the evening.

Release 2006 - 4.1 (1/28/06)
Is the sanctity and purity of Old Ales no longer respected. 13%? What's next. The beer is as flavorful and strong as ever. Very syrupy, malty, thick, and alcoholically harsh. More age will definately mellow the brew and meld the flavors, but for now, it's just tough to drink. The hops are too fresh. The alcohols are too hot and abrasive. The malts are too sugary. Still, a wonderful beer, but one that must be babied and approached with caution.

Release 2005 - 4.1 (1/28/06)
Surprised to have never rated an Old Stock. These are one of my favorite 1-off resease beers. This '05 abounds from the bottle and into the glass with big syrupy, brown sugar, molassas barley flavors with as spicy, hoppy, and bready scent. Alcoholic aroma promises strength to accompany the sweetness. Tastes of strong malts that hinge on dates, molassas, walnuts, and dried cherries. Hop bitterness and flavor round out the sweetness and all boldness without getting too harsh. Strong alcohols boarder on hot fusals and sweet thinning. Moderately heavy, thick, and smooth on the palate. Weakens a bit into the finish to become more easily drank. Another winner for North Coast.

Release 2003 - 3.8 (3/26/06)
Found a 4 pack stocked away at a local beer store. As I remembered, this beer had all of the right ingredients, but quite hot and fusal. Hoping that a couple of years would have mellowed it out. Not so. There are big plumb, fig, and prune flavors with an unneccesarily fusal hot character; too much to ignore. Light chocolate and cherry flavors help, but the heat and hops combine for a tough drinking beer. A heartburn just waiting to happen. Otherwise, a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 15:10:51 | More by BEERchitect
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Gusler

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Release 2005) 4.4
Upon its disinterment from the stubby 12-ounce brown bottle, it sets in the glass a clear deep mahogany color with a generous and creamy light tan head, which after its demise leaves a nice blanket of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is cotton candy sweet, hints of fusel alcohol and caramel greets your nose, start is quite sweet and the grain profile pronounced, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is adequately acidic, the hops and alcohol provide a nice spiciness, dry and sticky aftertaste, tummy gets a bit of warming also, a beer I look forward to each year, but the current release could stand a bit of aging, as there is a certain amount of rawness.

(Release 2004) 4.35
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a clear deep mahogany color with the head modest and frothy, the color a winsome light tan in color as it evaporates quickly the lace is somewhat thin, but still covers the glass. Nose has a hint of fusel alcohol, sweet and fresh, the hops noticeable along with the caramel and molasses, the start sweet and the grain profile decent, the top is middling in its feel. Finish is stern in its acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, dry aftertaste that soothes the palate, the 11.4 percent ABV heats up the gustatory system, a long time favorite beer and brewery.

(Release 2003) 4.35
The beer as it sets in the glass translucent incarnadine color with a modest and semi-creamy head that is a winsome light tan in color as it passes out of existence rather quickly; the remnants form a somewhat patchy sheet of lace to cover the glass. The aroma of sweet malt, a ripe plum or maybe better yet raisins also present, the every present fresh, clean and crispness also noticed, not a bad thing, just can’t find a better way to describe the nose with the front quite sweet, thickly malted, the top also rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately carbonated, the hops pleasing in their bite, spicy but not overly so, aftertaste desert dry. The big thing is the huge “Tummy Warming” sensation from the 11.4 percent ABV, oh how I love this beer and have a case in storage, but alas only two 2002 releases left as this beer is an overwhelming favorite when I’m in the mood to “Rock My World”!

(Release 2002) - 4.05
I must be losing what little “Brain Cells” I have left as I swear that I have sampled this beer several times, yet nowhere in my extensive list of notes can I find it. Oh well, another “bad boy barley wine” to sample.

The beer as it sets tempting me to drink it before its time is up, is a transpicuous deep ruby red, the head sententious, the lace fine sheets of lace to coat the glass. The aroma of fine malt, lightly sweet, clean and fresh, hints of butter, quite pleasant. Begins malt and quite sweet, the top thick-bodied, with the finish peacefully carbonated and the hops delightful in the spiciness, malt dry and long lasting alcohol bitter aftertaste, a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” as the high ABV sneaks up on you and warms the tummy, a fine “Winter Warmer”.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 23:48:46 | More by Gusler
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2005 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a really clear orangish blood red color with small 1/4" head of tanish foam at first pour. The head was only around for 20-30 seconds to end up a stagnant looking beer due to the elevated alcohol. No worries.

Aroma: Alcohol is very noticeable in the nose. It smells something like I imagine a British Bitter would if it had a shot of vodka in it...the alcohol is a bit solventy. Deeper in the aroma, you can pick out ripe fruit like dates. There is a little toasty malt and caramel becoming noticeable as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: There is a bit of a roasty component in the flavor that I noticed initially that wasn't present in the aroma. The beer is really fruity and there is even a bit of citrus that you can pick out in the flavor that, again, wasn't in the aroma. Interesting how the aroma differs from the flavor. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the flavor also, and contributes some assertive spicy notes along with some of the solvent that I mentioned from the aroma. The finish is pretty balanced leaving the beer tasting like it is pretty well attenuated.

Opinion: This is one of my more favorite beers, and one that I like to collect to see how well it ages. This is a young example here which doesn’t exhibit the depth of the esters and spiciness to go along with the malt that you get from a well aged example. This is one great beer, and one that I would highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 23:09:13 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Pegasus

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark brown, with a modest, but thick and persistent tan head, and thick, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Deep aroma of coffee, bitter cocoa, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol, quite beguiling.

Taste: Opens with a complex burnt caramel, molasses and dark fruit sweetness. This progresses to notes of coffee and earth. Late in the taste, a spicy, warming alcohol presence appears. There is a lingering note of bitter chocolate, which lingers well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Thick, rich, velvety, remarkably full.

Drinkability/notes: Utterly superb, has the presence of a cognac or liquer, would serve well as a dessert beer. This certainly numbers among the best beers that I have ever tried. For the serious homebrewer, this is a beer to aspire to.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 17:32:52 | More by Pegasus
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage:

Whoa baby! This thing will send you into that state of pure inebriation (sang to the tune of Wonka). I think the age of the beer really helps to minimize the alcohol presence, that I am pretty sure would be quite overwhelming if drank too young.

Some caramel sweetness, with some dried papaya, pomegranate, other rare fruits. Only the slightest hop presence. Totally warming. Mouthfeel was good, but the drinkability was still hindered by the pure strength of this bad boy. It kinda reminded me of a MUCH better tasting Weyerbecher Decadence. Maybe that will taste better in a few years too.

A really great old ale and one that I would enjoy trying again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 18:21:42 | More by Lnedrive14
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petemoss14

Germany

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle poured into a snifter. Chilled only slightly, as brewer recommends drinking at room temp.

Pours a beautiful deep ruby color. Moderately thick, creamy head dissipates rather quickly.

Heady, complex malt aroma. Full of ripe fruit, especially raisins.

Malt upfront, raisins again. Port-like. Followed by a quick kick from the hops before the alcohol takes over, warming the chest and going straight to the head on the exhale.

Full mouthfeel, but with moderate carbonation. Lots of malt, but avoids being cloying. Overall, a very enjoyable night-capper of a beer. Great for a cold winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 04:45:39 | More by petemoss14
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.

Pours a brownish/red with a half inch off-white head that quickly fades away to a thin ring that leaves a decent amount of lace. Pretty nice considering the high abv.

Smell; dark sweet cherries and a little bit of apples, rich chocolate and caramel. There's also a presence of alcohol in the nose that mingles pretty well with averything alse.

Taste; the rich caramel malts jump out with the initial sip, but then the darks fruits kind of slide in there without being overly sweet. The alcohol has a presence in the flavor, but it's not biting or overwhelming. The year this has had to sit has mellowed out the hop bitterness quite a bit without developing any off tastes from oxidation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit with such a high abv.

A very enjoyable sipping beer, that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 01:33:12 | More by RedHaze
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beerkeeper

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

found a 2001 vintage in my celllar. And boy has this beer held up after five years. I had one of these from '05 and I thought it was good, but it didn't really knock my socks off, but after about five years aged this might be one of the tastiest beers I've had in a while. There is a great english malt character and decent similar smell. The 11.4% abv relly gets hidden well behind a lot of thick fruit and malt. Huge finish that kind of coats the mouth and leaves you begging for more. Reminds us of Westervlerteen or an aged Quad from Weyerbacher. Probably one of the best aged beers that we have ever had. I'd hate to disect something this good too much, so just go out and hunt your self an '01 Old Stock, or buy one now and wait five years damn't. You'll thank us later.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 01:41:44 | More by beerkeeper
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shbobdb

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, having performed a back-to-back tasting of this beer and Bell's, I gotta say that North Coast wins hands down.
Wow. First off, I have to say, this old ale really shines as a prototypical porter. I can taste the darker malts that, when aged and blended, would result in a porter-like beer. Wow. The mouthfeel is thick and rich with a nice amount of bubbly to round it out. The taste is full, many-layered . . . wonderful. A little vineous though. It is good, don't get me wrong, but it almost reminds me of a port -- that alcholic sweetness predominates.
A good beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 21:31:32 | More by shbobdb
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An aged example from 2003….

Pours a very cloudy brown with a short lived tan head. Big malty aroma with dark fruits, and whiff of sweet alcohol. The rich flavor includes a complex variety of dark and sweet flavors: dark rum, raisins (and other dark fruits), sweet caramel, and a hint of coffee roastiness in the finish. Not much in the way of hop bitterness but there is a pretty firm alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation.

Very tasty, but given how sweet and alcoholic it is, I wouldn’t say this is the most drinkable beer in the world. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 07:22:55 | More by arguemaniac
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amicar

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2004. Pours a murky light brown with a decent sized tan head, given the ABV. More carbonation than I expected. Smells like all kinds of dried fruit, especially figs/ dates, and a little sherry- like. A nice slight roast smell with clear pine hop undertones. Taste is nicely complex. Again, a few roast things overlaying the sherry and candied/ dried fruit. Good, solid, brisk bitterness with a bit of bite to mask any syrupy sweetness. Certainly full in the mouth, almost slick, with a clear alcohol bite. A bit of harshness does detract, but may mellow with more time.

very nice strong beer. There are others with more complexity of flavor, but this one will keep you happy and warm on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 04:35:40 | More by amicar
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 version Pours a murky caramel with a tiny/filmy white head. Head retention and lacing minimal

Smell: Bourbon-like oakiness hits you up front, then raisin and leather comes to the fore.

Taste: Big malt presence coupled with toffee/treacle- like sweetness and Bourbon. Warming alcohol burn on the finish

Mouthfeel: Chewy and well balaced. Carbonation is understated but appropriate

Despite it's heft, this goes down too smoothly. This will take the chill out of the winter night

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 03:59:27 | More by russpowell
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iron78

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick creamy beige head fast very fast to little lacing. a rich dark amber color.
strong smell of raisins, carmel, spiced rum.
first thing i notice tasting it is the alcohol. after a couple of sips this is balanced by the hops and i notice more. maybe a raisin flavor with the malts.
good feel, thick with out being to much syrup. smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 19:12:47 | More by iron78
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germaniac

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy mahogany. A dirty white head builds up about a quarter of an inch, then fades down to nothing. Smells of maple syrup, with hints of dark fruit- plums and raisins, maybe. And of course, a buzzy alcohol scent lingers throughout. Dark, heavy malts flood my tastebuds, mellowing into a raw sugar-raisin sweetness. The warming alcohol bite never quite abandons it's efforts at assaulting my gut. A nice warming sensation is the lingering effects of this brew. Delicious even when young. 2004 edition.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 02:23:07 | More by germaniac
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage

Appearance: Poured a murky almost rust colored tint of brown. A one finger head sprung up but disapated within 20 seconds. Left little to no lacing. Its hard to see but I can detect a steady bead within the cloudy darkness.

Smell: Dark spiced rum, apple butter, toast, raisin, subtle bourbon and dark sweet malts penetrate my nasal passages. Very expressive!

Taste: Oh so similar to the nose. Plenty of fruits at work here. Pear chutney drizzled with caramel. Slight stinging alcohol as this big boy warms.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel but strangly crisp for having so little carbonation. This is due possibly to the ABV.

Drinkability: This is quite simply a well put together beer I could and would drink this all the time. Being such a booze bomb limits this to maybe two per sitting. This would be a fine desert beer (03' vintage).

Overall: This specific vintage has aged beautifully. Compared to the 05' that I had, the alcohol has mellowed to an almost perfect level and it has developed soooo many layers of malt and fruity complexity. I cant wait to review this 03' vintage again in a couple of years.


-Cheers2Beers-

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 03:50:11 | More by cheers2beers
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arizcards

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 2004 edition bottle at AJ's in mid-August for $2.99.

This brew pours a hazy dark red with a nice but quickly dissapating head. Nose is of heavy malts, alcohol, and the dark fruits. Taste is kind of changing as I progress thru this brew. Initially it was a shock of alcohol. But on successive sips the complexity of this brew becomes more evident as I am tasting a nice medley of chocolate malts and dark fruits and a nice alcohol warming finish. The style reminds me of an extremely strong dark Belgian. Mouthfeel is very lively and nice and full. Initially I did not think this was a knock your socks off drinkable brew but it definitely grows on me as I progress thru my glass. Unless you're out to get 'faced, this is one brew that should be enjoyed in small doses!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 23:57:03 | More by arizcards
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kolbe

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Old Stock. I didn't have high hopes for this beer. I presumed it would taste too strongly of alcohol and that I wouldn't enjoy it much.

Instead, I enjoyed a deliciously strong beer with an intriguing palate, even after only one year of maturation. I thoroughly recommend this ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 02:41:50 | More by kolbe
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Poured into a tulip a very nice hazy brown/reddish color, very nice carbonation, and a very nice fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, nice warming effect. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well, but it's there. Drinkable, still a very nice/tasty brew.

2007 Edition

Poured into a tulip a very nice hazy brown/reddish color, very nice carbonation, and a very nice fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, nice warming effect. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well, but it's there. Drinkable, still a very nice/tasty brew.

2005 Edition

Not sure of the date of this vintage, Pours a nice dark brown/red color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing. Scents of malt, alcohol, spices, and caramel. Nice taste, sweet with a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Very drinkable at 11.4% ABV, this is one of the strongest barley's I've have, the alcohol is hidden very well for the style. Would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 21:54:06 | More by Wasatch
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,449 ratings.