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Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 - North Coast Brewing Co.

Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 04-09-2012)
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Reviews by adamette:
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adamette

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $3.50 into a clean, clear glass. No observed "best by" date but it is still 2012 so I am quite sure that it is fine.

A Dark butterscotch translucent body under a brief but creamy head. Typical look for the style. The one inch head lasted 45 seconds after a moderate to vigorous pour. 3.0

S A sweet malt with whiskey notes and even a dark butterscotch sense to it. Smells delicious. 4.0

T Whoa..the taste carries right from the smell. Big sweet syrupy malt with those whiskey like notes of oak barrel aging or something very much like it. Old Ale is not among my favorite styles but this is a pretty good version of it. I am not surprised from North Coast, home of some of my favorite beers in their respective styles. 4.0

M Thick, syrupy goodness with all of that sweet malt. Just like an Old Ale should be, really. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is not high for me. Huge ABV, big, demanding beer means that I will be having only one. Frankly, I think that it is the intention of the beer to be savored and not slammed. Overall a fine representative of the style 4.0

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:59:33 | More by adamette
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml corked and caged bottle, pouring into a snifter.
Pours a mostly clear mahogany with some rich garnet highlights on the edges of the glass.
There is minimal eggshell head that is gone to only a partial edge layer, and then nothing.
Aroma is rich and malty with caramel, toffee, figs and fruity notes. A little booze and red grape note hints at the power of this beer.
First sip reveals is average body with fine and tingly carbonation. Texture is silky and a little sticky on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is what is expected from the nose with lots of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, some fig and red grapes add in for the fruit. The beer finishes very dry and a little bitter, but not really hot or boozy. I am surprised that the booze isnt any hotter after it appeared in the nose. I get the bitterness is probably from the booze, but otherwise the beer is very drinkable and is probably a little dangerous if I tried to drink more than this one bottle tonight.
I am glad I sat on this beer and find it very enjoyable on this chilly January evening.
Nice to see a brewery making commemorative releases for donations to recovery funds too.
Big, tasty malty beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 into a tripel karmeliet tulip

Pours a honey brown color with a small robust 3cm head.

A sweet molasses and caramel in the nose with some subtle lingering farmhouse funk

Raisin and dark fruits hit you up front and some of that 11 percent alcohol mingle with some heavy malt flavor

This is wonderful. Happy my local bevmo still carries bottles of this I'm gonna age some

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mhaugo

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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle decanted into a snifter. 11.7% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: Deep chestnut, slight haze, swiftly fading beige head (3/5).

Aroma: Smells like freshly chipped wood, or yard work on an autumn day. Very earthy, wet, and musty. The smell of fresh mud keeps coming to mind. As it neared room temperature, I got cherries, prunes, and alcohol heat (3.75/5).

Taste: Prunes, raisins, port, vanilla, and dried cigar tobacco. Tannic wood (3.25/5).

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full body with medium carbonation. Definite warmth from the alcohol (3.25/5)

Overall: I wonder if this earthiness that I am taste is an intentional, or unintentional, spike of Brettanomyces. There is definitely a wild yeast chewing through some of this, but I honestly can’t tell if it’s there on purpose or not. Overall it is pretty nice, but lacks the smoothness and roundness of what I generally expect of Old Stock Ale. My internet research has not proven to me that there is a difference between the everyday Old Stock and the one in this bottle, but I’m not in love with this “variant”. I picked this bottle up off a shelf a month or so ago, so perhaps it has not been cellared properly (3.25/5).

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I'm actually a little surprised as I pour this beer, though admittedly it's because it's been so long since I had an Old Ale and I've forgotten how the color and thickness ranges. This one pours about medium orange but, once settled, it looks like cider: thick, very thick dark orange-brown. It's heavy-looking and completely opaque. The head is slightly darker than tan, developing a couple fingers on a hard pour but under one on a softer pour in a different glass. In each glass, though, the head's retention is good, as is the patching left behind.
The smell is rich, quite sweet but tempered as lots of malts give off plenty of dark fruits, plum, fig and raisin, as well as toffee/caramel and some grape must with some almost barley-like grains and a little booziness that isn't too fusel.
In the flavor, all the dark fruits are big as well, with molasses, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. There's a bit of tang from wine-like grape must notes. Up front are raisin and plum, maybe some banana, and raisin fills in the finish. The alcohol takes over more strongly in the taste than the smell.
The feel, a big, rich body that blurs the line between medium and full, takes on a thick sort of smoothness but with a sting to it, a little too much bite that isn't just crispness. It tends in the middle to sit thickly on the tongue, though it evens out at the end.

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11-10-2013 22:13:40 | More by Brenden
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Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 from North Coast Brewing Co.
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