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Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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): 11.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. A reddish brown ale after fizzing from a high quality Belgian-like pour. Some cognac and barleyiwne aroma. Fine carbonation on the tongue. Immediate tummy warming from the alcohol. Barley wine and malt tastes, with Eno epsom salt. Numbing aftertaste. Unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.
12.5% ABV per label.

Pours a murky dark amber color with a small 1/2 bone colored head that fades to nothing. Very small spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smells of caramel, rum raisin, and malt. A very nice sweet raisin bread aroma on this beer. Taste is very sweet and rich with brown sugar/caramel and raisin bread flavors. Low carbonation with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a good beer that I stumbled on at my local Whole Foods in early 2011. I think they found a 4 pack in the back that they put out for sale. After tasting this year's brew, I am kicking myself for not buying more than one. I will look into getting these each year that they are released for aging purposes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer totally kicked my ass. i was unaware of the abv, and its fairly well hidden, so i ended up a whole lot more wasted than i set out to get, but thats okay... pours a thick honey color with an average white bubbly head. smells of sweet caramel, fresh apples, and fruity yeast. flavor is complex and very rich. there are tropical fruity notes from the yeast like banana and papaya, but they are subtle. balanced by earthy sweet hops that come more to the fore in the finish. again, the alcohol content is not readily apparent, so be careful with this one. feel is nice, if a bit on the heavier side body-wise. fair carbonation. overall an exciting beer that is entirely original as far as i am concerned. ill just have to proceed with more caution next time i hook into one of these...

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 2008. A freight train of a beer. This pours out as a nice deep brown color with a tan colored head that doesn't stick around very long. The smell of this brew is sweet and a little smokey some roasted malts in there too, perhaps even some hops shining through it in the back too. The taste is very complex. It reminded me more of a barely wine really. There was a strong alcohol warming sensation here. Also there were some rich dark fruits and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side. Overall a tasty brew!

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and has a slight amount of sweetness along with flavors of raisins.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer tastes very strong but the presence of alcohol is well masked. This definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 2011 (09/21/11)
Brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate malt, and an underlying cherry-like alcohol/ester combo works to perfection with an alcohol culmination of rum and port wine. Malty throughout with a full and rounded start and an even fade to malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth with a linger of toffee and chocolate.

Release 2010 (02/23/11)
North Coast continues to develop the recipe for much more sultry flavor and cleaner alcohol taste. Brown sugar and cherry-like esters give the impression of port wines and brandies. Bold toffee flavor dominates early with a follow of ripe grapes, cherries, sherry, dates, and raisons. Syrupy textures give a sticky feel, and with a follow of warming, if not hot alcohols. Seemingly a Barleywine, except for a lightened body and drier finish.

Release 2003 - 3.8 (3/26/07)
These vintage ales turn out as beauties after a few years of age. Still strong flavored with malts and very warm with alcohols, but a lot smoother and more appreciable than the 'fresh' releases. This has all the flavors aromas and textures needed in an Old Ale, but must be respected as a brandy.

Release 1005 - 4.2 (4/27/07)
The regular 11% version with over a years worth of cellering. The beer matures wonderfully in about that time's span. Not nearly as alcoholically intense or fusal as it was last year. Sweetness dominates and the hops have fallen out, leaving a well balanced, quite clean, characterful, fruity, syrupy joy to drink. I do beleive that this beer can handle another year of maturing before tiring. Great way to close the evening.

Release 2006 - 4.1 (1/28/06)
Is the sanctity and purity of Old Ales no longer respected. 13%? What's next. The beer is as flavorful and strong as ever. Very syrupy, malty, thick, and alcoholically harsh. More age will definately mellow the brew and meld the flavors, but for now, it's just tough to drink. The hops are too fresh. The alcohols are too hot and abrasive. The malts are too sugary. Still, a wonderful beer, but one that must be babied and approached with caution.

Release 2005 - 4.1 (1/28/06)
Surprised to have never rated an Old Stock. These are one of my favorite 1-off resease beers. This '05 abounds from the bottle and into the glass with big syrupy, brown sugar, molassas barley flavors with as spicy, hoppy, and bready scent. Alcoholic aroma promises strength to accompany the sweetness. Tastes of strong malts that hinge on dates, molassas, walnuts, and dried cherries. Hop bitterness and flavor round out the sweetness and all boldness without getting too harsh. Strong alcohols boarder on hot fusals and sweet thinning. Moderately heavy, thick, and smooth on the palate. Weakens a bit into the finish to become more easily drank. Another winner for North Coast.

Release 2003 - 3.8 (3/26/06)
Found a 4 pack stocked away at a local beer store. As I remembered, this beer had all of the right ingredients, but quite hot and fusal. Hoping that a couple of years would have mellowed it out. Not so. There are big plumb, fig, and prune flavors with an unneccesarily fusal hot character; too much to ignore. Light chocolate and cherry flavors help, but the heat and hops combine for a tough drinking beer. A heartburn just waiting to happen. Otherwise, a solid brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Appearance - Semi-clear burgundy with very little head or lace, just a small ring of foam around the glass. This stuff could be mistaken for port.

Smell - Sweet and boozy with a big toffee and berry aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel - Sweet without being cloying. The malt backbone is enormous, providing a wide range of flavors from ripe fruit and caramel to burnt toast. Bittering hops are still noticeably present, though they take a back seat to the malt. A slight alcohol bite appears for a second in the background and then disappears in the finish. The beer ends on a drier note, with a bourbon-like character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, 11.9% ABV, procured from a random grocery store in Portland, Oregon last summer.

This beer pours a hazy, dark golden brown hue, with one finger of fizzy pale beige head, which leaves little in the way of lace as it hastily dissipates. It smells of reserved, but sturdy, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied apple, mild Belgian spice, and musty, dusty earthy hops. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, a bit of bread pudding, soft black fruit, mild savoury spice - mixed and muddled, somewhat bitter earthy hops, and a very subtle booze warming. The carbonation is sedate, with a feeble prick here and there, the body a stolid medium weight, and deftly smooth, but for an incisive booze edge, sans heat. It finishes still rather sweet, the musty fruit and simmering booze edge quite up to the task of pummeling the palate.

English barleywine, Old Ale, what's a few flavour nuances between friends? A lovely sipper, strong, but you don't immediately know it, and very well balanced. A preferable steeling against the newly-arrived, sub-zero temperatures into which I intend to wade...

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage, tasted on 6/30/07

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a modest head that disappears quickly but does splash the chalice with lace

Smell: Rich caramel aroma with hints of figs and dates; considerable alcohol on the nose

Taste: Starts with a rich, sweet caramel flavor; after the swallow, the fruit and alcohol make an appearance with just a touch of bitterness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Not as big in the mouthfeel area as the 2003; nevertheless a top flight Old Ale

Thanks, JesseDaniel, for the opportunity

Just for kicks, I tried the 2011 bottling on 11/27/11 and the major difference, as expected, was the level of hops in the flavor profile; still, this ale uses English hops so they blend very nicely with the big malt bill; the beer also has more of a cherry flavor than I recalled in earlier versions

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given recommendations from trusted acquaintances. It's labelled "Old Stock Ale 2011". ABV 11.9%, as concurrent with the site at the date of this writing. Cost was $3.49 USD plus tax in Orange County, California.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention (especially for the high ABV). I'm quite impressed by the retention, frankly. The colour is a delightful transparent caramel-ruby. Sitting in me Guinness goblet I can hardly wait to drink it.

Sm: Caramelized malt, cream, toasted malt, some sort of vague dark fruit (which is buried), and yeast. A light to mild strength aroma, but nevertheless a pleasant one.

T: A mellow flavour of dark fruit over a toasted malt foundation, with assorted esters about the fringe, adding complexity. A bit of alcohol warmth tamed by the pleasant yeast. I really quite fancy this one, lads. It's really nicely balanced, and the subtlety of the flavour grows on you as you drink. It's really quite lovely. I'm digging this one, especially for the style. The yeast never comes off as musty at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour profile near perfectly. It's unobtrusive yet supportive. Not unique, but certainly remarkable.

Dr: It's a great beer, highly drinkable, with an alcohol punch that warms but doesn't dissuade. Really lovely. Everyone should try this. I'm impressed.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition - sampled on St. Patrick's Day 2009

A - Poured out a cloudy, opaque, dark brown color with a reddish hue. It had a small, short-lived, off-white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of brandy, fruitiness and sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet and a little boozy. It had caramel and toffee flavors with a subtle chocolate taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This was very good but didn't live up to my hopes. I'd like to try a newer version to compare.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

G: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark caramel/toffee with a thin light cream-colored head. Almost entirely opaque with some carbonation.

S: Smells of toffee and caramel. Rich malt base. Still fairly hot in terms of alcohol.

T: Definitely still fairly hot. This is my first of these, and even with a year on it you can definitely taste the 12.5 abv.

M: Medium to full body with a smooth creaminess. Definitely large alcohol notes; this is still quite hot, although still good. This is a beer that could definitely use quite a bit of time more in the cellar.

D: Again, still a little hot. Still, quite nice. I'm hoping that some time in the cellar will help the complexities in this one come out a little bit more.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small head that dissapates quickly. Dark amber color seems to have nice clarity.

S - Caramel, alcohol, and some hops. Some roasted notes, a little bit woody as well.

T - Lots of hop flavor and maltyness. Strong alcoholic flavor. A little bit of raisiny flavor but not as sherry like as some other barley wines. Finishes with a nice long, drawn out bitterness.

M - Relatively thin and dry for such a strong ber. High level of carbonation as well.

D - Not overly complex, but a very solid and enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 on tap at the Comsumer Beverage in Orchard Park,NY.Great to see this highly anticipated annual offering at the growler station at Consumers,pours a rich deep amber with a thinner but well retained creamy-like off white head.One word to describe the nose would be rich just rich and almost warming dark fruit,caramel,brown sugar,and a real alcohol zip as it warms to the right temp,this beer is big and brash to say the least its fresh and nothin is holding this puppy back.Starting out a little sweet with raisin/prune and brown sugar notes up front with that warming alcohol always prevelant a nice drying earthiness shows up late and I thing really cuts thru the sweetness even now at such a very young age a touch of hoppy leafiness shows up as well.This growler is going to be drank slowly over a few days its warming,rich and ever so smooth but the alcohol keeps me from going overboard on it and I think its a good thing,I'll by a bottle and hold and see how it ages.Masterful.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems appropriate, nice cold night, they make some nice beers too, great brewery, and this beer is no exception, just haven't reviewed it yet. 2013 vintage, just in time for the end for the year.

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy slight brownish reddish colored head that keeps trying to rise to a huge head but the alcohol keeps battling it back, but eventually stabilizes on an almost 1 finger head that starts to fade at a med pace, then slows to a crawl at a thick frothy small head cover, light lacing, dark ruby cranberry murky sediment laden beer.

Nose is pretty nice, right on for an old ale almost barleywine like, fairly sweet smelling malts, little syrupy, reddish candy malt and lots of toffee, butterscotch and biscotti like candy, nice soft candy malt aged malt like, little dark fruit plum fig date like, caramel and butterscotch candies, mild phenolic booze and bitter hop aroma.

Taste is fairly sweet, a big candy flavor again, with lots of caramel and toffee, butterscotch candies again, some caramelized sugars and candied dark fruits. Candied dark fruits come through with fig/date like, but no raisin, hint of brown sugar and molasses, with a little syrupy sweet candy. A light aged soft malt but not as much as I expected for an old ale, but there, with a little toffee and brittle candy. Mild booze warmth and hint of tingle, but a clean booze, as well as a hint of spicy hop character. Finish is drier but sticky sweet, lots more candy with toffee, brittle, and caramel galore, little butterscotch too, mild syrupy but not a lot, and hint of warming booze and hop bitterness.

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy but smooth, some booze warmth and tingle, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, a cross between barleywine and old ale, aged malts are lighter but nice, good candy with toffee and butterscotch, caramel, etc, booze is held in check and balanced decently by the sweetness but not overly sweet and there is enough booze warmth to be a good strong old ale. Tasty and enjoyable sipper for the cold night.

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Doing a side-by-side with an 07-08.

Poured into a pair of snifters.

Both pour a light layer of fizzy beige head. Color is a murky caramel brown with a peach hue to it.

Aroma: Both are similar but the 07 sticks out more and is more flavorful. Caramel, dark fruits, plums, raisins, licorice, toffee, and malts. It has cereal grains as well.

Taste: More cereal grains and malts. Toffee and some caramel. The malts come out more in the 07. The 08 has a little more of the dark fruits, licorice, plums, and molasses showing. There is some red apples here and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Warm, smooth, and dry. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with grains.

Overall, I enjoyed the -bal aged version way more. This is a rather boring old ale. It is decent, but fairly average. Drinking 24 oz of this might be a challenge..

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled in early 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, brown bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

Pours a deep clear ruby with a near finger of fizzy mocha head. This immediately dissipates, leaving back some very thin foamy ringing out the sides and a spackling of light spotty lace. The aroma smells of ripe dark fruit, cocoa, caramelized sugars, roast and spicy warmth. This is pretty cut and dry with the flavors but they really come together into a delicious blend.

The taste mirrors the nose, with notes of dark fruit, roasty molasses, cocoa and a kiss of brown sugars on the finish. There is just a ton of sticky delicious flavor to this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a sharp carbonation up front that spreads out into a firm creaminess as it works its way over the tongue. The alcohol underneath here will definitely warm you up but doesn’t detract from the other flavors at all. This is a VERY steady sipper for 12% ABV.

This has to be one of the most underrated beers out there. It’s 12% ABV yet drinks like a champ, it’s readily available on shelves, and its tastes and smells awesome! What a great beer! I’d be putting away cases of this if I had the cellar room.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz 2015 bottle allowed to warm for about 25 minutes then served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Aroma: complex mix of various dark dried fruits, fruitcake, and hints of toffee.

Flavor: similar to the aroma; good complexity and balance. Sweet for style, leaning a bit towards a barleywine.

Feel: full and smooth but with more alcohol heat than optimal. Light but appropriate carbonation.

Overall: excellent.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000. The aroma starts with dark fruit, alcohol, a touch of sweet maltiness, and some light hop character. The color is brownish with some crimson tints. The head starts fairly creamy with a light beige color but dissipates quickly as expected in a high alcohol beer. The flavor starts with a burst of sharp dark fruit and malt, followed by a fairly heavy touch of alcohol, and then a drying hop character which is somewhat aggressive, but far from overwhelming. The finish is dry, but one sided. An excellent beer, but it's no Samiclaus or Thomas Hardy's either. An excellent beer from an excellent brewery!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from grub courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bourbon, spices caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is malty, but as boozy as you might expect from such a high ABV. Flavors of caramel, bourbon and some spices start out. There's a very mild hops presence that is just enough to provide some balance. The alcohol burn isn't really there at first but it kind of creeps up on you, which is nearly unavoidable with a 13.25% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very flavorful, goes down nicely, not too filling, extremely strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered beer to sip on for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Vintage 2004)

Appearance: Marvelous color; a stunning mosaic of reds, browns, and golds. Even when poured a wee bit aggressively, the head quickly seperated, stretched thinly across the surface of the beer.

Smell: Mammoth malts weigh heavily in the nose. Thick molasses, brandy, vanilla, dried raisins, and alcohol are all very prominent.

Taste: "Hands up" on this malt rollercoaster, please! The vibrant flavors are varied and plentiful. Richly textured caramel and sweetened molasses up front. Sweet, ripened fruits roll by the palate, followed with sugar-coated bread. All of these flavors are punctuated by a zippy spiciness. The 11.4% alcohol is, at first, cumbersome on the palate, but eventually mellows to a relaxing hotness.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Considerably lighter than I remember it being, although its alcohol, syrupiness, and colossal range of flavors help it to seem a bit hardier.

Drinkability: Such an excellent example of balance within a beer. Its all so very impressive. Drinkable? Definitely, but the alcohol can really shake you up, so take it easy, friends. I'll certainly be returning to the store to grab more to cellar.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this was a 2012 vintage.

Rusty brown color, slightly hazy, an aggressive pour yielding a relatively small beige head that laced the glass well. Sugary aroma--malts, maple, brown sugar, butterscotch--dark fruits, minor hit of booze. The taste was similar, lots of sweet malts, dark sugars, toffee, some chocolate and hazelnut, rum raisin. Heavier medium body, smooth, some alcohol warmth, as would be expected from the ABV. Very nice overall. I'll have to seek out more of this, and keep some in the cellar.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to break out one of these from the old closet. I had been holding onto about a 7 year vertical, and had never even tried one. So the other night, I decided to grab one at random, from a decent ageing and see how they hold up..

2005 Vintage

A - Poured a deep hazy reddish amber, no real head or lace to speak of, just a syrupy looking liquid in the glass, no visible carbonation. Nice color but other then that pretty standard.

S - Strong alcohol notes were apparent immediatly, one I got past that there was some light sweetness coming up, mixed with an off fruitiness and a touch of some earthy grain.

T - Very strong, almost overwhelming. Still alot of alcohol in this for sure. No real hoppiness to speak of, just some maltiness and a slight bit of a bourbon taste to it. Maybe some plums and as it got towards the end a bit of a back hoppiness picked up.

M - Quite harsh due to the high ABV, but as far as liquid feel, very smooth, not alot of life in it, but not too slick either. Had the constency of a cough syrup, a bit thick.

D - A bottle put in a snifter is an all night sipper. Really can't drink more then one of these, and a sip every 5 minutes is more then enough for me.

Overall this was a fairly good old ale. It definatly holds up well with age, will have to try a new one to see what the initial was like, but it was enjoyable, albeit very very strong

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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