Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Sampled from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on June 18, 2012. The pour is mahogany brown with sparkling ruby red hues all over the glass. The head is beige and moderate. The aroma is alive with sweet barley malts and wood but it does not have the alcohol punchy aroma as many other young Barleywines that I have tried. The body falls into the medium range with a bit of astringent carbonation tickling the tongue. Whereas the aroma is on the subtle side the taste explodes with barley malts and dry hops and more alcohol than I would have liked. It ends dry. It would probably taste extraordinary a year from now but for now it is still very good.
06-18-2012 23:55:00 | More by puboflyons
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3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
First off I love what the beer stands for and the proceeds.Poured the corked 750 into an imperial nonic a deep rich amber with a thinner off white head atop.Deeply fruity in the nose,it really stuck out during the pour,more sweet alcohol and cakiness as the beer warms.It's a big sweet alcoholic beer that needs to rest,Iam drinking one now but I'll buy one and let it sit a year,alot of fruit,sweet caramel, and sweet alcohol with no hop profile.The body is thick and non carbonated.It's a big hot young malt bomb,as it ages I think it will get better,it's still pretty good now.
05-24-2012 22:10:30 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
The first time I've ever seen Old Stock Ale with Japanese writing on the label with a note about the Otsuchi recovery fund dated March 2012. There's even a link to ostuchi.org I guess this is a recovery charity beer release from the tsunami in northern Japan. I've never seen Old Stock Ale in a 750 ml bottle, well it has arrived. Pours a deep copper crimson brown color with a light khaki cream head, filling my chalice. Aroma has toasted almonds, sweet sugar coated hops, dark fruits including raisins, plum, and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, asian lychee (banana/pear). Arising tart quality and flowing malt qualities cover up the alcohol, mild earthy hop content. Flavor brings out the alcohol, this beer is young, it's April and I could lay this beer down for 5 years...did I mention that I'm going to buy a few more bottles. As the beer warms the alcohol level becomes more apparrent, flowing forth with a bit of tree bark resinous bitterness and sweet caramelized malt sugars, earthy/herbal bitterness units prolong each sip letting the palate and senses adjust to such a strong beer. The fruit noted in the initial smells is still evident yet it's competing with fresh big beer in this case old ale characteristics...caramel, alcohol, and English hop accents. Mouthfeel is big a bit cloying upon entry to the palate, with even carbonation and big malt characterisitics. Overall impression is decent beer that has great potential with age, enjoyed fresh but will be extraordinary with some age.
04-09-2012 17:11:37 | More by WVbeergeek
3.79/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-10-2013 22:13:40 | More by Brenden
3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
Definately worthy of a separate rating, bottle from Whole Foods, Santa Rosa. Big soapy head on mid brown coloured body. Inviting aroma. Good drinkability of caramel and yeast, sweetish, hop presence there, carbonation right there.Everything nicely integrated. Wonder how a bottle will taste in 5 years.
01-27-2013 04:03:27 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a kind of murky reddish brown. Stunted, bubbly, head.
Big dark malt on the nose. Dark sugars and red fruits.
Fruit up front, desserty cherry flavour turns to dates turns to toffee, dark bread, and just a bit of wood. Touch of booze.
There's nothing wrong with this beer, but I was expecting something more refined. I'd still pick it up again though.
01-04-2013 01:12:56 | More by CanuckRover
4.6/5 rDev +17%
Looks warm and inviting as the dark, hazy chestnut liquid fills the glass. Thick and rich with an slightly yellowish head early on that eventually stands a finger thick with a creamy looking cap of bubbles. Average retention, finally succumbing and leaving a nice ring of bubbles around the edge.
Has a full malty nose, filled with dark ripe fruits. Not quite wine-like, just just an Earthy dark fruit (red apples, red grapes, raisins) scent.
Amazing taste, everything your nose picks up is there, along with some ABV. Very fruity, with a some caramel malts, and just the right amount of hops and alcohol (despite the high ABV) to keep everything in check. I'm not really sure how to make this taste any better.
A little bit sweet, full-bodied, only a skosh of bitter, but good heat from the alcohol in the throat. Nothing is too much, everything is just right.
Really a great beer for a great cause. This isn't something I could drink every night (I'm having it in a 750 ml bottle), but I could drink it every weekend. Not sure I've had many beers better than this.
09-04-2012 03:08:55 | More by RickS95
3.96/5 rDev +0.8%
Very nice malty smell up front and as the bottle sits some hoppy smell starts to come through. Pours sort of ruby red with nice head. Taste is decent but not as malty as I was expecting or hoping for. The back half of the taste is very boozy it seems to take over and burn out the taste. The more i drank the less taste of malt and hopes but it just became more and more bland. Overall not bad but its not completely balanced and the more I drank the rating for this beer went down. An OK old ale, there is better out there.
04-13-2013 23:16:49 | More by sjones5045
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
Thanks, Will. Clear caramel colored body with a thin head that settles to a collar after a moment. Smells decent, but young. Stonefruit, toffee, a little coconut and dried dark fruit. Sweet and a bit boozy. Palate is quite boozy and somewhat astrigent, definitely young. Has some nice coconut and peach flavors, toffee, brown sugar. The fruit esters are pretty interesting and enjoyable here, but the booziness detracts. Body is medium, could use a bit more heft but it's certainly not bad. Overall this is fairly enjoyable but could really use some age. Can see this being excellent in 3-4 years.
05-02-2012 01:54:09 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that died down every so slowly, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: If you were blindfolded, you would think that you were smelling a port wine that has a bit of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer resembles a port wine and has sweet flavors of black currants and grapes.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No stickiness is detectable. A moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is present in the mouthfeel and finish.
O: Although this beer is one to be sipped, this beer is remarkably drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. This makes for a good dessert beer.
10-17-2012 03:38:13 | More by metter98
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
A: pours a deep brown with a slight red hue and a small tan head that fades to a small collar. beer was served in a snifter
S: smells instensely malty with notes of caramel and a slight hint of chocolate
T: taste is kind of lacking. muted notes of caramel and overall sweet toasted maltyness with slight hints of fruity alcohol. alcohol is a bit apparent. swallow brings a bit of boozyness to the beer and a faint hint of chocolate
M: medium to heavy with soft carbonation that builds and maintains to a near prickly level
O: from what I read in the description this beer is very to style but I just can't dig it. It's decent and packs a punch but I'm not a fan of poorly masked alcohol and the flavor is pretty weak for the ABV in my opinion even if it is an old ale.
09-30-2012 01:04:48 | More by SHODriver
Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 from North Coast Brewing Co.
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