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Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3,247 Ratings
Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,771
Reviews:
1,518
Ratings:
3,247
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of americancontrarian
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: June 2016


It pours a mahogany color with a tan soda pop head that pretty much evaporates, leaving some patches, no lacing. The aroma is grainy, vaguely sweet, boozy, dried fruits, pine nuts. The flavor made me audibly gasp, so that's a good sign! Smooth, rich malty sweetness. Most of what's in the nose is here save for any graininess, harshness or booze. Toffee, roasted nuts, pine nut fattiness, a little spice, warming and smooth, soft and rich. Gets exquisite as it warms, fruity and delicious.
Quite a beer. Thanks Jacob!

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Photo of Bier82
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017. Started drinking the beer when it was too cold, as it warmed up the flavors and smells really start to open up. The ABV is extremely well hidden, almost no alcohol heat on the taste. Tastes quite malty, but not overly sweet. Very good, however, from what I can remember the previous year was better.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 . nice smooth drink , a bit sweet but has a nice balance that makes it very drinkable with hardly any alcohol taste/burn ..

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Photo of Bajdog
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RandyV
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage. Really good old ale. Nice malty profile but not cloyingly sweet. Alcohol is warming in the finish but otherwise not front and center. This is one I'll definitely be revisiting in other vintages. Well done North Coast.

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Photo of Englaise
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have sampled many versions of this one, from 2014 through 2017. The best so far, is, oddly, the most recent, 2017. However, although the recommended serving temperature on the label is 60 F, I have found, through experimentation, that removing it from the fridge and then letting it sit in the Freezer for 30 minutes, or until it forms frost on the bottle upon removal, renders the smoothest feel on the tongue, and thus the pallet. If you've gotten it from your favourite establishment at room temperature, the freezer term will expand to 90 minutes to achieve this fabulous effect. Trust me, you will not regret doing so. In fact, many other Ales will respond in kind to this sort of treatment, despite the advice of purported "experts." In fact, my girlfriend, who curled her lip at the very mention of an ale, was surprised by how delicious the above mentioned process transformed that which she previously snubbed her nose.

Enjoy, my friends, and inform me of the results of your experiments!

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Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeB51982
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goofster
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When it's young it's meh. Aged for a few years and it really comes alive.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage poured from 12 oz bottle. First time picking this one up.
A: Reddish/amber hue
S: Getting some grape like aromas, but also some slight metallic notes
T: Fair amount going on. Prune, spices, and sweetness from the alcohol. A bit of a vinous aftertaste, bordering on grape syrup (but doesn't cross the off putting line)
M: Slightly thinner than I expected at 12% abv, a little dangerous. Not a complaint
O: From reading reviews, the 2017 vintage appears to be a bit better than previous years (idk). I'm glad I picked this up, and will definitely hold on to 1 or 2 to age.

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This strong Ale is outstanding, near perfect. Angstrom Brothers, I used to love you rating system and reviews, but finding you’re missing the essence of craft beer any more. Your rating system is underscoring most really good craft beers for the most part. We used to be pretty similar in rating tastes but lately with your new rating system and the histogram, your way aoff. It’s just my opinion, but your ratings are not that good any more . Mosly underScoring very good brews.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stratusjeans
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AFunHobby
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and smooth with a nice warming finish.

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

Photo of eifster82
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of mdwhitney
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Rich, malty,, warming alcohol, clean finish. Malty boozy nose. Copper, clear, tan head with a refined lattice of lace. Full but not heavy body. 34 IBUs

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with no lacing and small

Over ripe cherries and roasted nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium heavy and sticky.

Very good.

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