Old Stock Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #5,255
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
May 08, 2022
Oct 26, 2001
Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
Notes: Like a fine port, Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1.100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round out and mellow with age. It’s brewed with classic Maris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England.
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4.82 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on May 08, 2022
3.88 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Apr 23, 2022
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Apr 09, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle
Bottled Year: 2018
ABV: 12.0%
Glass: Snifter
Serving Temp: room temperature (about 71 degrees F)

Before a swirl or two of the last of the bottle it's a clear dark copper-to-mahogany. Afterwards (with the swirl results poured in) it is a murky mahogany brown that cannot be seen through in a snifter. A maybe 1" creamy beige head thins to a consistent cover.

Caramel with some brown sugar. Candied sugar and red fruits like currants and plums. Some dates and perhaps grapes.

Rum-soaked raisins and currants. Spiced plums. Honey. An earthy note rolls around in the background. Dries some as it finishes. Aftertaste has notes that remind me of Tawny Port.

Slightly tingly carbonation. Medium body. The alcohol warmth is noticeable and builds as more of this ale is consumed.

A wonderful sipper on a cold night. Nice and warming. I picked up quite a bit of sweet notes; a bit more than I prefer. But good nonetheless. I have a couple more that I will cellar at least one more year (when they will be 5 years old). As others have said here, you don't want this beer too cold. Or cold at all.

Mar 29, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LukeCov49

2021 bottle poured into mug.

Overall: Great ale. Nice malt and flavor not too sweet.

L: poured into mug and had a thin head that went away pretty quickly and left a thin ring. Great lacing though. Dark tea color.

S: little bit yeasty at first that gives way to more malt and caramel, maybe some fruitiness but I can’t really put my finger on it

T: lots of malt upfront that flows into caramel and very slight hop bitterness at the end. Hops are hardly even there at the finish. Little bit sweet on the finish. Overall lots of malt.

F: lower/ standard carbonation. Creamy on the finish that lingers for a good 20 seconds

Mar 18, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

No idea how I'm just finally reviewing this, but picked up 2021 batch and just enjoyed it as always. Superb malt bomb, absolutely deliciously crafted with minimal hop presence. Gets pretty boozy as it warms which is to be expected. Yum, yum, yum. This is classic stuff.

Mar 11, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

2018 12% ABV.
Slightly murky reddish amber pour with a half finger of tawny coloured head.
Smell is malt forward with raisin, date, caramel and a bit of a plum like fruitiness.
Tastes of caramel sweetness, raisin, date - malty - boozy brown sugar and a bit of that plum fruity note - hint of leather.
Super smooth, full bodied - sweet and boozy warmth - wonderful sipper.

Feb 14, 2022
4.59 by irishevans from California on Feb 06, 2022
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by FrankWithers

Has an incredible caramel top note. If caramel is your flavor, this is your beer. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying its too sweet. Its a very high quality caramel. The finish is agreeable. I hesitate to say is maltyish. There are many beers more malty than this.

Feb 01, 2022
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3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

This one was fairly easy drinking for having an ABV above 11%. It was pretty smooth and reminded me of a Barleywine without the sweetness. It was very thin and the flavors quickly faded. Would not really seek this one out again.

Jan 23, 2022
4.63 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Jan 16, 2022
4.46 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jan 16, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Brownish color, medium body, medium carbonation. Very malty !! Doesn't really taste alcohol despite higher ABV. There some fruity background taste, also comes through smell. Others mentioned cherry, that could be it, I can't tell. Regardless, this is fantastic beer !

Jan 01, 2022
4.23 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Dec 15, 2021
4 by samEBC from Belgium on Nov 24, 2021
4.43 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 23, 2021
3.4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4.6 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Oct 26, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

2021 bottle poured into snifter. Mahogany body. Thin beige head that gives way to a thing ring.

Nose is peaches, plums, honey, sweet dark bread.

Taste follows, with some chocolate, brown sugar, and dessert wine notes.

Smooth medium body.

Really good. A beer to be savored.

Oct 21, 2021
4.24 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
3.96 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Oct 02, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2021
4.24 by brewskis from Indiana on Jul 23, 2021
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Absolutely Amazing in every way.

Jun 19, 2021
3.99 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

12 fl. oz. bottle, 2007 vintage, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.7%. Dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy, big beige head. Strong aroma of sweet sherry, oak, malts and caramel. The flavour is very sweet and malty, again with strong notes of sweet sherry and caramel, ending in a hoppy bitterness. Powerful stuff, a beer to sip slowly. Should not be drunk too cold.

Mar 20, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

2021 vintage, 11.2% ABV

I suspect that this young beast will be very hot, considering it was bottled this year. For some context, the 2013 Old Stock Reserve is one of my top beers of all time, #7 to be specific, so this base version of the beer has pretty big shoes to fill. I don't have all that much to say, so I think it's time that we jump into this thing

Pours a murky medium brown with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing, pretty damn impressive for the style and abv

Immediately I notice that this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the 2013 Reserve, with more of an old, noble hop aroma dominating. I'm picking up on aromas of red grape, sweet molasses, apple, earthy hops, toffee, and some fusel alcohol

The taste eases up on the old world hops, but I'm still getting the feeling that this beer is much to young to enjoy to its full potential. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting sweet papaya, tingly alcohol, raisin, and a touch of dark toast. The swallow brings notes of red grape, red apple, brown sugar, plum, earthy hops, spicy alcohol, fruity yeast, and a light nuttiness

A medium full body pairs with tingly carbonation, resulting in a smooth slow sipper. Finishes mostly dry with a decent sweetness

I wanted to like this more than I did. Like, a lot more. That being said, it still wasn't awful, I just don't think I'll ever try it fresh again. Hopefully I can source another bottle and cellar it for a few years and see how it's changed

Mar 19, 2021
4 by micada from New York on Mar 18, 2021
4.09 by HopBelT from Belgium on Mar 12, 2021
4.3 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Mar 06, 2021
4.18 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Feb 13, 2021
4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2021
4.44 by wc94wc from California on Jan 22, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

2020 bottle, opened 1/2021
Deep mahogany with whispy off white head. Aroma is dates and brown sugar. Taste is plum up front with brown sugar middle, ends with a hint of spice. Body is light to medium. Overall a nice old ale but seems young, the flavors seem muted. This was a 2020 bottle, we'll see if time helps.

update, 2020 bottle opened 12/2021
mahogany still but murky and little to no head. Nose is brown sugar, caramel, and some dates. Taste opens with a gentle rum soaked date, that folds into a light brown sugar and ends with some spice. Body is light to medium with similar carbonation. Everything is nicely blended together, but not necessarily bold or deep. However its light and somehow refreshing?

Jan 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

12oz bottle from 2002.

Pours clear mahogany and dead still. Figs, toffee, cocoa, and tobacco in the nose. Medium bodied with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Dusty malt with notes of bakers chocolate, dark caramel, and leather. Finishes a bit sweet with plenty of plump, figgy malt.

Jan 15, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Deep, hazy amber on pour. Smell is grapey, raisins, sweet malt, earthy, wine-like. Carbonation is moderate. Taste is initially sweet dates, raisins, caramel, plum, spice, toffee. The body is quite strong and there is an earthy finish. The alcohol warmth is moderate after a few sips. Drinking from a glass at close to room temp, and I would highly recommend others do the same. This is a complex, full beer that’s a fantastic sipper. Overall a warm, cozy, delicious beer, and I wish I was disciplined enough to age a bottle or two.

Jan 09, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a copper color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is spice and roasted malts. Tastes of caramel and roasted malts with a nice alcohol finish.

Jan 05, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Guaro from Italy

Appearance: amber color with splendid ruby ​​reflections, creamy ocher foam with medium-large texture with good hold. Nose: caramel, candied sugar, dried dates and figs, plum and cherries in alcohol. Palate: molasses and raisins are balanced by an elegant and calm note of herbaceous and earthy amaricate. Aftertaste: warm ethyl trail with hints of port. Body: medium, fine carbonation. Cleanliness and perfect balance make this beer full of emotions.

Dec 30, 2020
4.64 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2020
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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