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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Pyrosixer9
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Impressive amount of off white head, considering the 11.9% this thing is packing. Lovely dark wood, coppery color.

S: I am in for a treat. Toffee sweetness, with an undercurrent of dark fruit aromas. Oh, and did I mention booze?

T: Toffee, booze. Reminds me of sipping on a good bourbon or scotch (at least, it would, if I had ever sipped a fine liquor). This is a beer that is meant to be sipped slowly, and shared among good friends.

M: Thick, but not as thick as you might expect at this ABV. This, along with a light bit of carbonation, ensure this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Overall: North Coast delivers another exceptional brew with Old Stock Ale. While not something I would seek out constantly, you can bet I'll have some around for special occasions.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Cellar Reserve tasted in a snifter from a 500 ML bottle on August 12, 2013. 2013 Cellar Reserve tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 500 ML bottle on July 15, 2017. ABV is 14.1%. Look is murky mahogany with a two finger bubbly off-white head and some spotty lacing. Smell is boozy with some amaretto, bourbon, and maple syrup. Taste is amaretto, bourbon, burnt caramel and dark dried fruit. Feel is medium in body with a warm yet smooth finish. Cellaring the bottle for four years did mellow out the booziness somewhat.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,247 ratings
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