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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

2,785 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,785
Reviews: 1,401
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 145
Gots: 508 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must serve this at proper temp or else its just not the same. Hearty ale with some alcohol bite to it. Nice flavor.

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are times when I get caught up in trying to find hard-to-find craft beer, and overlook the very good more widely available craft beer. Old Stock Ale is such a beer that I have overlooked for that reason, as well as its' label which I have found somewhat boring.

This is a very good beer. The beer bursts with flavor early on, especially bourbon and vanilla, as well as dark fruits and a balanced sweetness. It brings to mind Backwoods Bastard in the prominence of the bourbon and vanilla. As it warmed, and especially, towards the end, it evolves into sherry flavors and a tartness. The higher abv is noticeable, but not in an unpleasant way. I intend to stock up on a number of 4 packs.

Photo of Thecasehead
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mphis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McMatt7
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just did a vertical of the 2010, 2013, and 2014. 2010 was more fruit and plumb flavor. 2013 was a nice balance of malt, fruit and hop, and 2014 was more brash and hop flavor. A nice ale regardless of the year!

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-02-06 in Paoli, PA

Photo of Andrew041180
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured an amber brown with a relatively thick head that receded to a ring. Nothing particularly interesting to look at. Smell was really nice. Faint, but a burnt caramel and brown sugar type aroma. Taste was a bit too rich for me. Aroma amplified quite a bit. The feel was excellent, actually felt the carbonation for quite a while even though there were no real visible signs of any. Nice and thick. Low drinkability though and I felt that the beer flattened out maybe half an hour (halfway) thru it.

Photo of KMani
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jasonwrag
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Forplay678
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VAcrossr
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gouettn
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vidisad
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The 2014 edition. Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Look: Very aggressive pour yielded hardly any head which fizzled rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever. The color is slightly amber to mostly ruby. A bubble rises from the bottom ever now and then.

Smell: Smell is sweet and boozy. Dark fruits, brown sugar, and candied cherry. There is a slight burn in the nose from the 11.8%. For what it's worth, my wife passed by me drinking the beer and said it smelled like doughnuts.

Taste: This beer reminds me of a Belgian Quad, in that it has lots of dark fruit characteristics. Right out of the fridge it was quit boozy, but as it has warmed to room temperature it has become smooth. Like the smell, the taste is quit sweet.

Feel: This is where it differs from a Quad. It is thicker, almost to the extent that a stout would be.

Overall: It's a good beer. I think it would be perfect candidate to cellar. I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves over time.

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justme
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

May have liked it more if I liked the slight coffee flavor (of which I am not fond). The one I had was 2014.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,785 ratings.