Old Stock Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #18
Ranked #5,389
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
Sep 10, 2023
Oct 26, 2001
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.
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Ratings by AlvinBunk:
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Reviewed by AlvinBunk from California

4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark amber with thin head.
Smoky or possibly woody aromas.
Sweet with a touch of acidity, lovely caramel like notes. Really nice tasting and very easy drinking. The tastes changes as it warms up; I believe it improves in tastes as it gets warmer.
Feels very thick in the mouth and smooth drinking.

Overall, just an excellent tasting beer.
Sep 02, 2023
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.27 by RoyalKaiju

Sep 10, 2023
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Light amber brown color with a 2F head in a Stone RIS glass.

Initial smoked wood, later more cherry.

Very smooth, light MF.

The taste changes with warming. Initially, fruity cherrywood, later at higher temps almost like a liqueur.

The brewer suggests 60°. Start at 48° and taste the changes.
Aug 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce 2022 bottle poured cold into a snifter. It’s an amber color with reddish flecks in the light. Mini foam stays on the edges.
Aroma is earthy, malty.
Flavor is up-front hop, balanced well with cereal grain. Middle opens up the European ingredients very nicely. I appreciate the balance of sweet and bitter. Nice long dry finish and an alcohol kick.
Medium body, low carbonation, probably from it having a year to rest.
Overall, something exotic and different. Good stuff.
Jul 17, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by MEnoMoney

May 14, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a reddish brown color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass.
S - Smells of caramel and candied sugar, with a little raisin.
T - Taste matches the smell, rain, burnt sugar with a nice booziness. Getting some tobacco on the finish.
F - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.
O - This beer was really interesting. I feel every time I smelled it, and every sip I took, I experienced a different smell and taste.
Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by Beecham from California

Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by joran from Kansas

Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
After two years it was still booze-forward on the nose and about the same in the tongue. Even so, it was still a great sipping beer. Mouthfeel was solid and it had a nice copper look with light to dark and back to light hues up and down the glass.
Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2022 edition
Pours a dark amber color with a thin but retentive

Smells like wheat and grains.

Taste is very hoppy with some roasted notes. Mild bitter finish. Finishes dry.

Very good brew. Been tired of the latest trend and needed something original and strong.
Nov 01, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by CAcker from California

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not exactly vibing on this one, my peeps. It’s like when I was 8 and wanted a can of Coke, but instead all that was available was that .25 cent a can stuff from Be Rite or Alpha Romero or whatever. And as you know, like the magician at the end of the birthday party who had a few too many belts with dad - it did not do the trick. It’s just a bit flat. Like Taylor Swift trying to sing with a cold. And then to even be a bit blunt: like Taylor before she got fake juggies. Either way, I’m out of here.

Adieu! Adieu! Auf Wiedersehen! Adieu!
Oct 23, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours the color of translucent apple cider. Not much of a head.
Smell and taste strong on the malt, slightly sweet up front with a lingering bitter finish that's not unpleasant.
I find it quite od that it feels somewhat seltzery but lacks a head. Go figure!?
I've had it before and decided to have this one tin order to rate it. That being said, I think I'll have another.
Sep 23, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 09, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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Old Stock Ale (2014) by North Coast Brewing Company
Bevis Maun is drinking an Old Stock Ale (2014) by North Coast Brewing Company at Untappd at Home

Butterscotch aroma flavour lots if subdued sherry

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Jun 19, 2022
Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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