Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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91
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3,224 Ratings
Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,224
Reviews:
1,512
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
681
For Trade:
20
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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Rich, malty,, warming alcohol, clean finish. Malty boozy nose. Copper, clear, tan head with a refined lattice of lace. Full but not heavy body. 34 IBUs

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with no lacing and small

Over ripe cherries and roasted nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium heavy and sticky.

Very good.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willcull78
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding brew from a brewery I am beginning to like more and more. I had Old Stock Ale 2017. When opened it had a nice malty aroma, and when poured it was a deep rich brown amber color. It looked delicious. And the aroma was even more noticeable and inviting. The foam was noticeable but minimal. The taste was a strong, flavorful, malty which lingered quite nicely. An outstanding brew from what I believe is an outstanding brewery. What beers I have had makes me want to head out to the North Coast for a visit.

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Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squidretired
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty goodness. Pours with a rich creamy head which dissipates quickly. The nose smells of molasses. malt and spices. A slightly sharp flavor with lingering malt. The mouth feel is very rich. An excellent Old Ale.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
06/20/17

Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: medium brown color with a reddish hue. About 25% of light shining through. Mostly clear, but maybe a very slight haze. Minimal white head Fades quickly.

AROMA: grape, plum, rust.

TASTE: alcohol is upfront with vodka like notes, metallic/rust is a touch offputting. Molasses, some bready flavors and wine round it out nicely at least. Gets better as it warms up.

FEEL: Medium body, no carbonation. Smooth and mellow.

**

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Photo of andrewh995
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy caramel color with no head. Smells of caramel, Cognac, spices, and malt. Tastes of caramel, sweet malt, mild booze, and golden raisins. Full bodied with light carbonation. And incredibly delicious beer overall.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle. Aroma has brandy, figs, maple, apple, molasses, sweetness. Taste is big and sticky, dominated by a rich molasses sweetness. Leather, earth, pine, raisins, dates, and pepper play at the back of the tongue. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste is rather bourbon-like. Vinous and exceptionally chewy, this is one of the most liquor-like beers Ive ever had. A brash, boozy, complex beer that I think will be much improved by age.

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Photo of Benish
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a decent forty-five seconds. A nice trickling yet speckled lacing clung but ended up sliding into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to malty cinnamon and raisinous sticky slightly maple-esque conglomeration. The taste, for the most part copied the smell and added a nice coating of a sticky sweet cinnamon and maple and a nice dark fruit (sweet plums). The palate sat about a good medium on the body with a nice sessionability running under my tongue delicately yet smoo. Overall, hot damn, this is super good!

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dream
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wiescins
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a murky dark copper liquid. There is the lightest of heads that quickly disparate. An ultra thin ring collar circles the surface, even leaving hints of lace. I assume this style is not supposed to yield much by way of head, however, its muddy dark cider look is not this brew's most appealing aspect.
The nose, on the other hand, is a different story. It represents a complex bouquet of aromas that can be intoxicating at times. Rich and malt forward; toasted malts, caramel, toffee, buttery, and, especially dark molasses. Complimenting this is a range of fruity esters; raisins, dates, figs. The sweetness that emanates from this is at times almost cloying, yet, enticing. Punctuating this sweetness is a strong alcohol spice that has me inhaling the glass as I would a fine single malt. Finally, there are some nutty and even dark chocolate like aromas that add to the overall complexity.
In the mouth it is full bodied, vinous, and chewy. The toasted malts, syrupy caramel, molasses sweetness and raisins run the show. Although the flavors align with the aroma, they are a bit mellower. For one, there is a modest but significant hops bitterness that balances things out. Also the finish is increasingly dry, whisky/bourbon like, and, the aftertaste has a slight spiciest from the hops. Perhaps of most significance, is the alcohol warming that although not overwhelmingly boozy, plays a large role in the flavor profile.
Overall, this brew is at times intense and a bit of a sipper. It seems to fit well with the elements of the style, and provides amazing complexity.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,224 ratings.
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