Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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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.


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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


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

2017 edition, 12oz bottle. Medium brown color, only a thin lacing of bubbles. Smells of toasted malt and raisins. Lightly carbonated feel. Tastes of malt at first, followed by raisin-y sweetness. A lingering warmth is the only hint of the high ABV. Very good.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gdobber
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 12 oz poured into a tulip.
Look: dark ruby to brown with a 1 finger white head. looks beautiful. Head has great legs.
Smell: Funky, musty, rich fruit, plum,
Taste: rich, dark fruit, malt, toffee chocolate that you get in a valentines box
Feel: best part of the beer, slightly carbonated but not too syrupy

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Photo of donspublic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage:
Poured from bottle into NB Chalice, good 1+ finger tan head, recedes to 1/2 finger and hangs around for a while, little lacing. Crystal clear dark ruby/mahogany in the glass. Smells of malt, caramel, toffee, raisins just a big malty beer. Taste is initially that big malt, the taste follows the nose caramel maltiness, raisin/prune in the middle, as it warms there is some heat on the back end of this. Good solid bitterness tames the sweetness down to prevent this from going into the deep end. As it warms it opens up and delivers more. Great beer, can't believe I have gone this long without trying this

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look as nice ruby red very clear.
Smells a bit off-putting smells like wet cardboard
Taste is very sweet much more sweet than I expected Coffee caramel malt bread and some sort of a bitter funk.
It was very nice to the mouth.
Overall pretty disappointed with this I've had many of the Aged variance and they have been outstanding maybe this needs more time or maybe this year's batch is just not as good

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle. Best by 2033. Lol. Dark fruits, figs, caramel and chocolate. Smooth. Lower carb and sweetness. Medium bodied. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Semi dry. No indication it's 12%. It's good.

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