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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,449 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 127
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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GreenWBush

Oregon

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

This is one beer that I have always been scared away from because of price - at my local rip-off retailer, $14.99 a FOUR PACK. Since my friend was working, he gave one to me at his cost and I took it as my duty to critically evaluate the object of my desires.

The beer pours out a muddy, hazey brownish color with tints of ruby when held to the light. There was no head to speak of, and only a slight kick up of carbonation with a violent pour. Nice hints of spiderweb lacing were left on the glass. I'm not sure, but it appears that this beer was not bottle conditioned.

The beer smells fantastic, though one of my friends compared it to an alcoholic Yoo-hoo. I also noticed a slight suggestion of apple cider on the nose, a characeristic I have found in a couple other strong ales and barleywines.

This beer really has more of a porter taste than that of an old/stong/barleywine, and I was very appreciative of that. I've been slaughtering my tastebuds with those lately, and this beer is a major change.

Old Stock has a nice chewy mouthfeel comprised almost entirely of rich malts, with some hops definetely hiding underneath the surface. Hints of coffee, belgian dark chocolate, oak. I love that this beer is a porter or stout on steroids - it doesn't have the painfully sweet or medicinal taste that most huge beers have.

This beer is amazing - don't fear the price tag, it is really worth the money. You would not believe that this beer is 11.5% ABV. While drinking and reviewing this to notes, I considered giving this beer nearly all fives. Enchanting.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 18:48:16 | More by GreenWBush
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Elemental

Oregon

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

Poured a wonderful deep brown color with just a small amount of head. Nice aroma with so many smell floating around but well balanced so that one doesn't overpower the other. The taste is malty and hoppy. I find that mmost old style ales have a large bite at the beginning of the taste but this one is nice and smooth. Though it is a loarge beer, it is so smooth you would never know. A wonderful well balanced beer. I can't wait to pick up another one!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 05:27:44 | More by Elemental
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dpend

Florida

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

2002 edition sampled 12/05/03

Poured an extravagant deep amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. That's to be expected with 11.4% abv. The beer coated the glass with cobwebs of lacing. The aroma released malts and caramels with fruits and sugars sneaking around as well. The taste was inviting and the alcohol wasn't too strong. It hid very well in his complex beer and that can be difficult to do.This beer was still very young. A very nice offering and a great example to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 12:58:38 | More by dpend
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2yr old bottle. Amber body with ruby tones, small fading head rapidly becomes a memory. The aroma is pretty complex like any respectable barleywine, but definitely more on the malt side. Brown sugar is obvious and is of pleasant company to figs, peaches, alcohol and an all-around complex fruitiness. Taste is an infinite malty deepness that is only restrained by a tad too much alcohol presence for my liking. Syrupy apricot and sweet peaches. The aftertaste is fresh like I had brushed my teeths with an alcohol flavoured toothpaste. Medium bodied and full-flavoured. Just a little too sweet/cloying to be among the greats of this world.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 22:03:44 | More by Rastacouere
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 bottling
I think I'm in love. Deep amber with small tan head and adequate lacing. I detect some unusual but wonderful things in the aroma. It's so damn complex! I can pick up on black licorice, wartermelon, and many, many, spices.

The taste is sweet caramel and molasses, yet very fruity as well, (Although this is by no means a "fruity" beer). Surprisingly, it's very refreshing. The alcohol is very well hidden which makes this very drinkable, but it still lets you know who's boss. Very excellent and very underrated. North Coast will continue to get more of my flow so long as they keep bringing me quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 22:01:34 | More by HossMcGraw
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release.
Hazed and half brown, half red in color. Tan head.
Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt, and alcohol.

Taste is very smooth for an 11.4% ABV beer. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Dark fruit. How does this beer manage to have a clean finish; unreal. Alcohol is well hidden.

Plenty of body and the right amount of carbonation lends to a good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for an 11.4% ABV beer. Dare I say quaffable.

Overall, this is a good beer. Big and tastey, yet very drinkable. I was distressed when Brew's sold out of Third Coast Old Ale while I was sitting at the bar, then the bartender pulled this gem out. Thanks to Brew's Cafe for aging this one for me for the last year!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 05:11:42 | More by PhantomVodoo
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

2002 vintage.
My, my this is a potent brew!
It pours an old, worn leathery brown with a thin beige head. A sweet toffee aroma and big warming alcohol fuminess is quite noticeable throughout the glass. A light citrus and mild coffee aroma are also constantly in the background. Pronounced toffee, coffee with cream and milk chocolate blend nicely with grapefruit and lemon zest bitterness. Flavors of pear brandy and a peppery spiciness mingle within the woody alcoholic and creamy bodied compound. This is a beautifully crafted beer in the "extreme" class.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 02:49:30 | More by BeerResearcher
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark, thick, heavy brown with a beautiful tan head that almost stayed the night and left some cool lacing (I thought high ABV ale wasn’t supposed to lace?).

Smell – Big, strong aroma of dark, heavily-sweetened malt. The sweetness comes mostly from dark sugars. Everything is very strong, dark, and soaked in alcohol.

Taste – Amazingly, this is nowhere near as harsh as I thought it was going to be from the nose. The toasted malt is there, juicy and firm. The sugars are enormous. This is one of the most sugary, syrupy, ales that I’ve ever had. I can pick up some dark fruits, but mostly it’s brown sugar. Lots of alcohol, too, but not harshly so.

Mouthfeel – Chewy, gooey, and sticky. This almost full-bodied ale is a mouthfeel. It’s also a lot smoother than I thought from the sharp aroma.

Drinkability – At 11.5 ABV this one is a real sipper, although I’d be lying if I said it’ll last me the night. This is good stuff and belongs in the tummy. Hmm!

Update – I remember this being a gem when I first had it in 2003 and wanted to try an ’04 batch in ’05 to see if it still blew me away.

Boy, did it ever! This beer smells scary, like it’s going to kill your taste buds and burn your throat all to hell. But, after the first swig, trust ensues. You can still sense the strong ABV, but this ale is extremely smooth and flavorful. One of my all time favorites!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 03:34:18 | More by RoyalT
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Rumrunner

California

4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at Lucky Baldwin's pub in Pasadena at the So. Cal. BA gathering on 10/11/03. 2001 vintage. Belgian style goblet. This keg was tapped that evening and the owner of LB's was excited about tapping it and even talked to me for a minute about this ale.

This is a sipping ale. It took me over an hour to finish it. What a great way to spend an hour.

Pours a deep mahogany with red hues. A nice burnt quality to the color of this ale as well. The head was a weak beige which disappeared quickly and did not leave much lacing around the glass. The scents are dominated by a resiny malt. Very heavy molassas and brown suger and then some dried figs. There is a green apple sweetness to break up the malts. Heavy on the alcohol but as it warms the alcohol takes on a wonderful cognac quality.

Heavily malty with some spices that provide a touch of a bitter bite but are really along for the malty ride. There are so many flavors to this ale. It is quite incredible. First comes the caramel and molassas. The dried figs dipped in brown sugar come next. Dark bread flavors tease but never show themselves fully. Then there is some green apple and white wine grapes for a good addition of fruit. There are some spices at the end and a very nice peppery finish. Not to be left out is the alcohol. At first it is very present and can bite. As the ale warms it mellows and takes on a smooth cognac sipping quality. It adds to the flavors. Wonderful and very complex, the flavors evolve the slower it is consumed.

Medium bodied and sticky in the mouth. It does have a thickness to it. The alcohol at first gives a nice smooth burn in the throat. It mellows as the ale warms and just reminds the drinker it is a high alcohol ale. Because of its high ABV and thickness I would never call this ale a session ale. Unless that session is one excellent hour to an hour and a half drink. It has great drinkability in enjoying just the one.

I think this being the 2001 vintage, it has mellowed this ale to a fantastic state. I can see where this ale has all the qualities of being harsh if it was in an early stage.

Overall I really enjoyed this ale. Just take it slow and easy. It will reveal its mysteries near the end of the story. One just has to have restraint of eagerness about how quickly they get to the end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2003 05:42:58 | More by Rumrunner
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2002 edition. Served chilled in a glass. Allowed to warm up a bit as the beer was consumed.

Appearance: Clear caramel colored head with an ephemeral tan head. No retention or lacing.

Smell: Aromas of green apples, maple, and faint apricots. A splash of herbal hoppines as well. Smell is not very strong overall.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt bittersweetness followed by a slow burn of alcoholic taste that's not quite unpleasant, but not all that integrated with the other flavors, either. Some prune flavors as well. Peppery notes on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full bodied with the aforementioned burning sensation going down. Kinda hinders the enjoyment,

Drinkability: Hindered by the inadequate alcohol masking. I've had stronger ABV beers that mask better. I think this stuff needs to age some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 14:04:26 | More by ManekiNeko
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beerguy101

California

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

2001 version. Retasted 1/15/2003. Has mellowed and gained complexity with age. Medium brown color, small head. Aroma is very malty. Very malty, full-bodied, full flavored ale. Very nice hop malt balance. Malts are sweet, roasted caramel. Mouthfeel is full, round and nearly chewy. Has a definite high alcohol taste to it (10.5%) Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter. Could use some bottle aging. North Coast recommends at least a year of bottle aging. Re-taste again in a year, that is if I have any left. Still have 2 bottles left in 2003. Need to buy some 2002 quick.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:34:05 | More by beerguy101
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Jon

Illinois

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

2002 Vintage

Ruby garnet hue with a fizzy white head that dissipates into nothing as the beer warms up. Bouquet features voluptuous notes of alcohol, raisin, toffee, caramel, and mild hop aromas in addition to a rum-like sweetness. Strong, complex, and well-rounded for an American strong ale, this one features notes of caramel, rummy alcohol, mildly bitter hops, dark fruit, really sweet malt and sugar with a relatively fierce alcoholic rush on the finish. Mouthfeel is oily and quite smooth. This is a fantastic old ale for sipping purposes only. Drinkability suffers, however, due to the heavily concentrated alcohol that lurks beneath each sip. This is a fairly well-balanced strong ale and certainly one that I'll return to after it's had additional time to mature.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 05:06:40 | More by Jon
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 edition.
Miraculously balanced beer with a hint of top-notch sake-like aromatics that appear like over-ripe strawberries/cherries and roasted vanilla with a faint, raw grain bitterness. Sake yeast?
The color is grade A maple syrup brown and features a stubborn, beige blanket of fine-gagued foam. Pillowy, tropical green leaves, with voluptuosly floral, truffly and toffee-like fruit gives plenty to chew on. Nevertheless it rinses cleanly across the palate leaving a glaze of perfumy magic. Quite impressive to drink now for all of its exquisite balance, a quality missing from so many American Strong Ales, Barleywines etc. Still, I think this will only improve over the next 3-8 years.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 20:44:48 | More by putnam
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Vintage Tasting
Vintage 2001. Poured a Coppery color, with no head to speak of, some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of butteriness to it. Taste is sweet with a brandied fruit like flavor. Well balanced and very drinkable, but with a very noticible alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 01:58:40 | More by Indybeer
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Dantes

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown bottle somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. No specific bottling/consume by date, but the label denotes it as a “limited release” 2002. One of the classiest labels I’ve seen, printed to look like textured, bond paper with blue printing and “Whale-tail” logo. 11.4% ABV.

Cost: $8.99 a 4-Pack at Artisan

Presentation: Snifter at 50º

Appearance: Strong-tea color with a woody, auburn tint. Some haze. Generated a small, quickly disappearing off-white head. Isolated strings of small bubble-strings. Generous gunsmoke.

Smell: Nice aroma, a bit like a smoldering hardwood fire in a bottle. Notes of tobacco, leather, wet, Fall leaves, with a touch of fruitiness. Strong, volatile alcohol fumes. Brought to mind an oxidized Islay whisky. Little indication of hops on the nose.

Taste: Surprisingly dry on the palate for a “new” barley wine. Invoked lots of “dry” adjectives: Bourbon-tinged pipe tobacco, hardwood, damp, burning leaves, and wet leather. Almost a complete 180º from the Bigfoot I had the night before. This had only a modest taste of hops (masked by the alcohol?) and little of the maltiness and fruitiness I expect in a barley wine. As it warmed, a bit more fruitiness (plums, blackcurrant, and dried apple) came out. Exhibited a long, dry, alcohol-laden finish. Probably the driest barley wine I’ve had.

Mouthfeel: For something with this high an ABV, this possessed only moderate body. Nice, subtle carbonation helped tame this beast.

Drinkability: One of the stronger barley wines, this is somewhat demanding. I found it interesting, but not the thing I would choose with which to finish the night.

This beer puzzled me. North Coast’s products are not common around here, so I was excited to find it. This isn't a hop-bomb like Bigfoot, nor a malty-sweet barley wine like Old Horizontal or Adam. Maybe more like Stone’s Old Guardian, but even drier and more austere. I didn’t dislike it, but I’m not sure I loved it either. Normally, I would expect a barley wine to improve with age, but this one almost seems pre-aged. The expected fruit and malt fullness is already subdued, leading me to wonder what it would be like in 2 or 3 years: drier? More complex? I’m not sure. Perhaps this 4-pack was subjected to too much heat. In any case, I’ve set two aside to find out!

Backwash: Might be perfect if mixed 50/50 with some Old Horizontal.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 23:00:22 | More by Dantes
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 edition...

Hazy reddish brown, tea-like medium yellow head of fine carbonation. Laces stick thickly, in rings. Lots of aroma, caramel and diacetyl butteriness, slight bit of mace and nutmeg. Big body and mounds of sweetness, some of the most buttercotch I've got out of a beer this side of a couple Doppelbocks. Sweet spiciness enhances the malt impression, generally in the nutmeg category. No sizzly hop gravel in this one, quite skewed toward the malt. Alcohol catches up by the third sip in the upper throat. Smooth and sweet, not hopped to the gills, like some.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 15:17:23 | More by ADR
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Quaffer

Nevada

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

Vintage 2002

Appearance: This was a deep ruby-brown beer without any haze. A thin coarse head rose up and then was gone in a flash. By the time I took my first drink, there was no evidence of foam left.

Smell: The smell was a combination of burnt sugar, dark fruits, raisins, and alcohol. All were combined in a warm, well-rounded aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and very smooth, with a hint of tingle and then numbess caused by the abundance of alcohol. It had a slightly coating property to it.

Taste: Upfront were some very sweet malt, burnt sugar, and caramel flavors. Then, in the middle, a contrastingly tart cherry flavor kicked in. This paved the way for the big alcohol finish. I think that there was a hint of bitterness on the finish as well, but it was very slight.

The high alcohol content gave this beer a nice warming effect. Just what I needed in this 107 degree weather :-) This was a very good strong ale. It had a nice mix of flavors that complimented each other well. I'm just glad that it only came in a 12 oz. bottle. Otherwise, at 11.4% abv, I would be taking a nap right now instead of writing this review.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 22:32:30 | More by Quaffer
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DerKaiser

California

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

2002 vintage.

Wow, this is one hell of a good barleywine. I prefer it over some of the better known California examples, such as Anchor's Old Foghorn and Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. The aroma is huge, with lots of dark, brandied fruits and a smooth underlying sweetness.

The taste is similarly heavy on dark fruit flavors, with nice alcohol presence that pulls the flavor up through the nose. It finishes with a nice, oily hop bite, but this is well-balanced by a caramel sweetness that makes this beer a little more drinkable for me than Sierra's Bigfoot, for example. Really a well crafted beer. I'll leave one in the cellar to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 01:29:04 | More by DerKaiser
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage served at 68 F
Fizzy tan head dissappered immediatly after pouring this. Beautiful deep burgundy with a lot of carbonation in thin streams. Aroma is intense as it is full of Sweet malt with fruity esters and a little hopiness to make the aroma very splendid. Flavor is even better than the aroma as it starts with a little bit of roasted flavor that transitions into sweet malt and huge alcohol flavors. Hopiness is very noticible yet it balances this brew quite nicely. Mouthfeel is heavy which goes well with the lingering hopiness and the fruity esters. Overall this is an excellent old ale which i will be sure to put a couple bottles in my cellar for aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 16:09:00 | More by RenoZymurgist
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

2002 Vintage.
Appearance: a brilliantly ruby reddish hue, with a darkish head that dies down immediately.
Aroma: dazzling! full of dark fruits (cherries, berries, grapes), and wine, port, cognac... a very evident alcoholic component!
Big hops, big malt, big booze: that's the basic lineup, but when it all tastes so good, who could want anything else
A sweet, syrupy characteristic shines through the mouthfeel...the fruit and the booze (brandyish) totally dominates the overall texture.
One thoroughly decadent ale, and a truly stand-out examples of a barleywine.
thanks to weefishheads.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 10:28:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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jcalabre

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 28 January 2002. A reddish/brown pour w/ a quickly dissipating yellow/tan head. The alcohol is completely disguised by a slightly sweet taste, a flavor almost like a dessert wine. This is a Sipping Beer, Period. Lovely. Hide a bottle away until next year!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 21:39:12 | More by jcalabre
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Darkale

Virginia

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

Dark brown body, thin but resilient tan head. Good lacing.

Deep malty aroma, but cleaner than most barleywines.

Wonderful taste! Chewy, malty, just a bit sharp in the mouth, and not quite so "hot" or burning as so many other barleywines. This beer has one of the creamiest, smoothest mouthfeels that I've ever had in any beer, and certainly one of the best of any barleywine.

I have had some great barleywines recently, and this is right up there with the best of them (such as Smuttynose's Big Beer Series). Exceptionally drinkable for a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 16:56:55 | More by Darkale
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BierReise

Florida

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had a few different brews from North Coast and although a good brewery, I don't think they stack up to others in Cal. like Stone, Alesmith and Bear Republic to name a few. This is a good example of a barley wine with all the classic characteristics such as the sweet alcohol nose and rich malt flavor. Very even throughout but nothing outstanding. Perhaps this bottle (2001) might smooth out if cellared. Will have to wait and see

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:29:53 | More by BierReise
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

Excellent example of the style. Good balance between hops and malt (with an edge to the malt), powerful and smooth, without being too "boozy". A great warmer. Nice to have a micro that isn't dominated by hops. Thanks, North Coast. I'll buy this every time I see it!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 21:56:53 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

2004 Bottle: This year's is every bit as good as the last one I had. Deep brownish-red color with a very thin beige head. Very thin lacing too. Rich aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with hearty malt, caramel and nut flavors. Roasty character with the alcohol peeking through periodically. The finish is long and sweet, with a nice hops bite. Another winner!

2002 Bottle: Pours a dark brown color but held light throughout the glass. Thick and foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol, with lesser portions of hops and fruit. Rich bodied and it tasted somewhere between a Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. Excellent blend of malt, vanilla, alcohol and caramel. Finish is all malt and tart fruit. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 06:52:08 | More by Dogbrick
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,449 ratings.