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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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#3,578
Reviews:
1,534
Ratings:
3,302
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
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Photo of jeschaefer
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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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
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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Photo of hoponit
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

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Stock defines American Old Ale for me - it’s a classic. This is a 2016, after a couple years in my cellar. Nice warm caramel brow with a huge wonderful aroma full of booze, bread and dried fruit. Taste is honey-charcoal-molasses-leather-cherry and much more. Feel is just a bit thin, but that seems exactly right for an old ale. Classic and deservedly so.

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Photo of LostTechnique
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weston64
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Brown and very slightly reddish hued body. Slowly forming and not too large of a head. Sweet malt nose, a little woodiness perhaps and a little nutty. Served slightly more chilled then I had hoped. The taste followed suit - a sweet, sticky, nutty, big beer with a roasted-ish brown sugar backbone. The hops cut through just a bit in the feel for me, adding a yin to the yang if you will when it comes to the finish, which is thinner then expected. Cheers.

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

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

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,302 ratings