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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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2,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 124
Gots: 412 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DougT, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HoneyLamb, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MonkeyBread, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

2014 vintage. Clear heavy amber pour with a huge dark ruby cast making it almost red. Good head, lacing and retention. The nose is dark fruits (plum, raisin and fig) over a faint caramel sweetness with moderate alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich creamy texture. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is loaded with complexity, yet well balanced. The 11.8% alcohol is very well hidden, but becomes more prevalent as it warms. It begins with a burst of caramel sweetness that flows into the dark fruit flavors, but the sweetness is never absent due to the heavy malt bill. Chocolate notes appear in the middle that relent to coffee/toffee notes. The finish is where the alcohol is most prevalent, leaving you with that nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat, but yet not overpowering. The finish is somewhat tannic with a touch of hops over a fading caramel sweetness. An outstanding Old Ale and a fine example of OC's brewing prowess.

tillmac62, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

WoostaBia, Sep 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

DPCJR, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

curlybird, Sep 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

tpauer, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

I picked up this beer about a year ago, and Had it during a tough time....and it was worth the wait.

Its a very, very smooth brew. The extra time most likely helped round off its edges and give a bee with a huge amount of balance and harmony.

To me, it tastes more like a great barleywine, but I suppose that a old ale is essentially a aged barleywine that has most of its hops suppressed by time.

I suggest this beer heavily. 4.5/5

jucifer1818, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

malfunxion, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

SmellsofMahagony, Sep 01, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev 0%

frlrv1020, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

robertjskelton, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

KevinGordon, Aug 29, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev 0%

kwkdmk, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of RexBanner
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured from bottle into a goblet.
Its appearance was a dark amber. Hazy, no carbonation was noticeable. 1 1/2 finger creamy head that faded into nothing rather quickly. Nice looking beer.

Aroma: Some yeast, although very faint. Maple syrup, corn flakes, alcoholic esters, hops and maybe vanilla or corn syrup, I couldn't quite make it out.

Taste & mouth feel: Robust was the first word that came to mind. Deep "beer" taste. Slight sweetness from the malts but then there is a sharp bite from both the hops and the carbonation. Chewy and full although it looks like a thin beer. The carbonation is by no means assertive; medium is more like it. Nice sweet corn syrup taste but nothing like an adjunct beer. The bready yeast and hops helps balance this beer out.

Very, very good beer. This is for sure a beer drinkers beer. The kind of taste one thinks of when desiring a good beer to end the work day. One of the better American old ales in the market. The reason I say that is that many of the other American old ales tend to be too sweet and end up tasting more like milder version of a barleywine. This one was balanced. My recommendation, however, would be to age it after purchasing, for a year.

RexBanner, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

paulish, Aug 27, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

007age, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Michaeldmanley, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

2011 vintage.

2 finger egg shell head that quickly falls to nothing. Pours a cloudy brownish yellow. Nose is dark fruits and boozy (even at 3 years old). Taste follows nose. Dark fruits, a little boozy but it helps to enhance the complexity of the flavors. Getting a little vanilla, molasses and toffee too. Maybe a hint of cherry. Overall very solid and well done.

mj81, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Vogt52, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

langchops, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Jamison85, Aug 23, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

TedTopfer, Aug 23, 2014
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.