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Old Stock Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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92
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2,775 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,775
Reviews: 1,401
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
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 AirBob
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage

A - One finger of dense off-white head. Opaque, but not hazy, ruby-brown body with plenty of visible carbonation. Good retention.

S - Rum. Brown sugar. Woodsy. Golden raisins. Slight notes of chewing tobacco and light chocolate.

T - Follows the nose, but way more fruit towards the end and more dry woodsyness towards the front. Still picking up on a little chewing tobacco.

M - Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Sweet finish, but still pretty drinkable for such a big beer. Alcohol is hidden pretty well too

Photo of Zekenyce
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great carmel-malt profile balanced by a subtle alcohol heat and earthy bitterness. A great sipper on a cool, dark evening.

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcox308
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Oldejoe
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Warm golden brown, lighter frothy head.
Smell. Warm, earthy, mild spicey, hint of a bite.
Taste. Good malt high on back palate, swirly bitters around the lower mouth.
Mouth. Fairly full, chewy, bit of sparkle.
Overall. One of my favorites. I think I need to let it warm up a bit.

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A top tier ale. The balance between ABV and drinkability is fantastic for an ale. Marketing is a little weak for how good the beer is. Worth looking into for the brewery. Fantastic beer

Photo of VeganUndead
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BHansen214
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrJones
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle had on 1-12-2015. 12 oz bottle purchased at CBX.
A: pours a dark copper orange, +1 finger graham cracker color foam head, few spots of lacing.
S: sweet malt with some heat from the alcohol, some orange
M: medium body with some sticks residue on the tongue
T: sweet butter caramel, oak, vanilla, burbon notes for sure, alcohol as it warms is more noticeable, slight orange or citrus at the end, the finish is a little bitter and hot bite from the alcohol
O: great old ale, I'm sure more time would mellow this out some.

Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014.

Thick caramely maple goodness. Just a hint of heat. Very good stuff!

Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 7 oz Libbey Embassy snifter (bottle marked "11072014").

Appearance: Clear, deep, garnet brown with khaki foam. An airy, bubbly head leaves a dense collar of foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Big, sweetly malty, with growing alcoholic fumes.

Taste: Full and malty; plenty of caramel, rum soaked raisins, and almost numbing alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full body, lush and smooth. Lively, prickly carbonation.

Overall: Unapologetically boozy; big and complex malts make. A nice sipper.

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of happilyhopped
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of 2014 Old Stock Ale From North Coast. Poured into medium sized snifter.

A: Pours almost syrupy, definitely more viscous than most beers. Color is a honey amber color when held up to the light. When not, it appears a kind of murky brown color like a burnt sienna. About a quarter inch of head appears, but dissipates very quickly leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Bubbles are very tiny, almost champagne'esque

S: Initial smell is of toffee and booze. Definitely a slight burn in the nostrils from the alcohol heat. After getting past that i get a bit of citrus, possibly a hint of orange zest, lime or grapefruit leaves.

T: Initial taste is of rich sweet caramel. Also getting a lot of brown sugar, some vanilla, and subtle toffee as well. There is a slight fruity tinge to the beer as well. Candied orange and dried citrus fruits come to mind. Almost like the orange flavor you get in orange flavored dark chocolate. The finish is a little lighter than i expected, though still packs a punch. Just a hint of hoppy bitterness finishes it off. Very subtle. Very good. A few minutes after a sip i noticed similarities to the malty flavor of some bourbons that lingers long after the alcohol burn fades off.

M: There is an intense, perhaps overwhelming feeling of bubbles covering your mouth. Very similar to champagne because the bubbles are so tiny. I feel them dancing across my tongue after taking a sip a minute ago so the sensation lingers a bit. Not my favorite feeling, but not one i necessarily mind. Definitely got some thickness to it too. Coats the mouth and is slightly syrupy.

O: Overall this beer is pretty delicious for me. I like old ales and for 11.8% the booze isn't overwhelming. It is on the sweet side as most old ales tend to be, but the nice fruity characteristics mixed with the slightly bitter finish really help balance it out. I bought a few of these to cellar after tasting how good this can be with a few years on it. So i am drinking this fresh and will try it again in a year to see how it evolves.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Too boozy though would like to see what some age would do

Photo of Jeff3918
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great find for a cold Ohio night. Very smooth with a nice kick.

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.