Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,884
Reviews:
1,541
Ratings:
3,320
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
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Photo of bushwack
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NedFredHead
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely mahogany pour with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Tastes like coke, dried fruit, and caramel. Booze-forward but with a dry, smooth finish.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with a few dark chunks of yeast, and some visible, but mostly hidden carbonation. Topped with less than a finger of light tan head.

Smells of caramel and coke. Very light on the nose.

Tastes of caramel, creme brulee, yeasty dark bread, and raisins.

Medium body with a little, foamy carbonation.

Drinking this 2018 batch in Redding, Feb 7th, 2019. I got it in Sacramento. Decent and delicious.

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Photo of LizT
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/17/11: Pours a murky, old penny brown with 2 fingers of tan, short-lived, foamy head which leaves minimal lace as it recedes. Aroma is subtle toast,molasses, toffee, dates, figs, prune and alcohol with a buttery hint. Taste is similar but much more robust, especially the sweetness; alcohol with butter in the finish.The mid-sip is dark fruit and molasses which initiate a dryness that peaks in the buttery finish and lingers long in the aftertaste. The experience can be likened to a bite of well brandied, aged, dark fruitcake. Delicious!

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Photo of Curt3
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkn09
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REDAMI
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Thin tracing of foam over hazy dark copper pour.

S - Brown bread, molasses, dark sugars, faint toffee.

T - Grainy brown bread, treacle bitterness, slightly peaty. Primary flavors of dark grains and toasted malts.

F - Fine stinging carbonation, dry finish, no overt alcohol heat for being such a high ABV.

A fine dark English ale. No hoppiness to speak of but a pleasant dry finish and balanced bitterness.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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

Photo of Negrelly
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep amber, appropriate foamy head that slowly recedes. Nice malty aroma; lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar. Taste follows nose; caramel, toffee, molasses. Slightly sweet with a nice counterbalance of bitterness on the finish. English yeast is very present, not my favorite flavor. A good beer, I don’t care for the yeast flavor.

11/6/18
13 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4 rating

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Photo of liquidAndy
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful rich beer with rich toffee notes, big chewy body, and perfect balance of hops and malt. Not boozy, as some have noted, but a nice warm coat gently being draped over you.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Time has improved this beer so elegantly that it was enough for me to revise my less than flattering original review, deleting it altogether while enjoying this 5 year old 2013 bottle consumed in late 2018.

The body is like a dark amber maple syrup, with a light, persistent tan blanket that fades to a chain around the edge.

Aroma exudes cinnamon apple, plum and liquefied raisin up front. The middle nose has toasty aged oak and tree bark with fainter accents of light smoky molasses and grape.

Taste features a sort of toasty caramel and graham-like biscuit with faint accents of brown sugar, prune, and an almost bourbon barrel sort of char or a prickly, peppery vanillin that tingles with a slight heat.

The surprisingly moderate to light body has a mildly crisp effervescence with a tingly, perfectly semi-dry finish.

Old Stock is one of the OGs that set the standard, and it certainly does not disappoint after all this time, holding up astonishingly well.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wowza ! First time having this from NCB.. 2018 version poured moderately into a pint glass.
Beautiful mahogany color with a creamy light brown head .
Nose was nice but nothing overwhelming .
Taste was stunning to me who likes that heavy booze forward brew .
Overall I can’t wait to buy some more .
Love it :)
CHEERS !!

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BerryKumquat
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,320 ratings