Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,204 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Southern Tier tulip.

Pours out of the bottle with a slick dark golden look, creating a dark copper/light ruby coloured beer with a nice beige/tan head of foam on top that sort of sits at about half a centimetre. Really clear appearance, even with the darker colour expected of the style. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of dark sugar and raw sugar with leather and some dark fruit. Opened another bottle last week and this is certainly fruitier than i recall from last time.

Sweet with the sugar coming through along with toffee and caramel. Not overly boozy, at around 18 months old. More sweetness than booze coming through for the size. Really subdued fruitiness.

It just seems to build with warmth and size as you go. Turns into a big beer. Fun drinking so i could drink a few, but i could also be very content sitting on this for an hour or more as i did last weekend. Lower carbonation even with the solid foaming, drinks well for the style.

Well done, enjoyable beer to drink with its fullness and sweetness. Should've held onto this for a while, but i guess i'm lucky in a sense being in Australia where this just sits around while IPA's fly off the shelves. The last of my 4 pack and i'll be on the lookout for another.

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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i cellar'd a 2013 bottle for 12 months , then opened it and taste-compared it with a 2014. holy smokes! the 2013 was Amazingly delicious!! it just needed more time. my rating for the 2013 (@12 mo's) is a hands-down 5 out of 5 stars!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz 2012 edition bottle of this. Let's see how this goes.

A: Pours, like others have said, a hazy brownish-red color. Around a half finger of head. Good amount of bubbles.

S: Definitely boozy, but raisin-y/molasses as well. Intriguing on the nose.

T: Holy wow. I did *not* expect this, even after reading the other reviews. Can't taste the alcohol really at all, which is surprising at this level of ABV. Definitely get the raisin, vanilla notes that others wrote about here. Very complex.

M: Slightly syrupy is an appropriate descriptor here. Definitely thicker than other beers, but not at all a negative. It's... different.

O: Spectacular. I'm going to get a few of these and cellar them and see what happens. I'm very glad that I pull up BA on my phone whenever I'm in the liquor store!

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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