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: 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,041
Reviews:
1,531
Ratings:
3,290
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of jgunther71
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GratefulFC
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber. Smell is toffee, caramel. Taste is cherry, toffee. Plum and fig comes in a the end. Has a very unique taste.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Pours from the bottle a medium brown with a minimal tan head. It's hazy with a few floaters.
The aroma features rich maltiness, toffee and caramel with a hint of plums.
The taste is sweet, fruity, with a bit of bitter and a slight char. Notes of toffee, fig and plum.
A touch thin, still well carbonated.
Excellent.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Cheers Randy!
This great old standard pours a nice lightly muddled mahogany with a
nice head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring with subtle light
lacing. Nose of dried fruits, subtle raisin, astringent tinged booze,
brown sugars, and spicy hops. Flavors follow the nose with dried cherry
and touches of assertive alcohol with raisin and fig notes that mingle
with a light toffee and date flavor that are balanced out by spicy and lightly
pine touched hop flavors. Nice mouth feel; lightly coating, lightly sticky,
warming, smooth, low carbonation, and a sweet yet balanced with spicy
hop finish. Of note this one improves mightily with warmth.

An excellent ale.

Cheers

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015

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Photo of rooster1970
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jripley97
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good old ale! I tried the 2018.
1 inch head when poured.
Nice brown color
Taste was excellent with notes of chocolate and fruits.
Slight warmth going down from 12% ABV.
I will keep this in stock for that special occasion or on a cold winter day.
Would recommend to everyone!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s color is a perfect for my furniture: mahogany. It’s head peaked out of the bottle but when pour into a glass there wasn’t much there. Very pretty sweet smell on caramel, grain & ripe fruit. Taste is salty- bitter & a little bit of sweet. Caramel flavors with dark fruits, alcohol & malt. A fair amount of alcohol burn & adequate carbonation.

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

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

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a lovely, copper hued dark amber. Lovely off-white head, little retention and lacing.

S) Nose has dark candied fruit, toffee, light caramel, and some toasty bread. Not overpowering.

T) Definitely a malt bomb. Has a clean taste to it. A little bit of bittering from the hops can be detected on the finish to balance out the intense sweetness. Lovely all around.

F) Good medium carbonation, and has a nice mouthfeel. Could stand to be a bit thicker in my opinion, but fits the flavor profile well.

O) A solid and drinkable old ale. I had the 2018 stock. Would recommend for anyone that likes doubles or malt-bombs.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goalie35
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2017 edition poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer is a nearly-opaque mahogany, with glints of bright red where the light hits it. A fairly aggressive pour kicks up about one finger of an effervescent beige head that dissolves to a film and a ring within a couple minutes, and doesn't leave any remnants on the glass. I'd like a bit more of a head, but I think this is as good as it gets at this abv!

Aroma is caramel, sweet malts, and dark fruit with a hint of an alcohol burn. A bit like a boozy raisin.

Taste is fruitier than expected, with lots of raisins, cherries, plums, etc. up front, followed by some hints of brown sugar and then a kick of alcohol. There's a welcome and surprising kick of hop astringency mixed in with the alcohol to keep it from getting too sweet. Finish is fairly bitter, with a lingering taste of dark fruit and maybe a hint of black tea.

Mouthfeel is on the medium end of full-bodied, with a wonderfully creamy carbonation. Looking at it, I expected the carbonation to be too prickly, but it's just enough to undercut some sweetness.

Overall, super enjoyable! I wouldn't want to drink it all the time, but it's one I'd like to keep on standby.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StephenBechler
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition, 355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy mahogany brown in color with slight amber shade, the pour builds up thin quickly recedes brown frothy head that dissipates to some lasting foamy bubble on the surface and leaves just slight lacing on the glass-side.

Big smell of sweet caramelized malt in the lead, along with toffee, toasted bread, biscuit, brown sugar, maple syrup, fruity, raisins, grap-ish like a fine wine, slight alcohol perfume with its spice, quite complex aroma overall.

Still led by sweet caramel and toffee throughout the palate, then it is followed by fruity raisins and grap-ish winy flavor. Alcohol is silently introduced in the middle with slight spiciness while malt reclaims its place with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, and brown sugar. Hop reveals at the end with some grassy bitterness through the taste buds.

Bold body without being too sticky or oily with low carbonation and quite smooth mouthfeel that is proper to carry all the things well, the feeling is well-rounded with some dry alcoholic finish.

This is supreme malty beast. Alcohol fusel maybe a tad too much but surely it is worthy for aging for many years to come.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,290 ratings