Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,219 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: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-25-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: 4-pack from Grace's, Nashville

Pours a clear, mahogany color, with 2 fingers of light tan head. Retention is low and lacing is pretty much nil. Aromas are malty and rich, with caramel and raisin notes. You can smell the alcohol hidden in this beer as well.

Taste is very rich, with a brown sugar and molasses sweet maltiness. There's a bit of hop bitterness here, but just a touch. Also features alcohol warming -- similar to a whiskey-aged brew. Full bodied and smooth, with a high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a malty, sweet aftertaste.

This is a powerful beer that feels like a malt-based spirit. A very fine sipping beer for a nightcap. I'm going to put a couple of these away and see how they develop over time.

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12oz bottle from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Poured into a Piraat tulip glass...

A: Pours a murky, tea-like brown with a light tan head; dies down to a ring sustained by a steady bubble stream; looks interesting; no lace.

S: Cotton candy; maraschino cherries; molasses / sugary sweetness; pretty crazy.

T: Brown sugar; sweet bread; alcohol occasionally peeks through and its pretty hoppy on the end with some earthy, tobacco, leathery notes; also some tin... bah! Complex and overall very good except for the metallic notes.

M: Full-bodied; high carbonation; perhaps a little too high for the style - could be a bit more viscous.

O: A very nice old ale; pretty complex aroma and taste; a good sipper... it seems to get even tastier as it warms and the alcohol never really becomes overly noticeable. Props to North Coast - a great brewery.

*from notes (5-22-12)

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Bready and thick syrupy caramel malts with raisins and molasses. The sweetness and alcohol give off a rum raisin combination. Mineral and pine hops on the back end. Simple and pleasant.

Molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness which is well balanced by some medicinal hops. Tones of prunes and cherries with a splash of brandy imparted by the high alcohol which provides a steady warmth to the beer.

Syrup heavy body, chewy, lightened up by some nice carbonation. Alcohol is evident but the drink finishes very clean.

Classic old ale, molasses and dark fruit highlights, text book flavor and character. A great sipper that really requires some aging to find a balance between keeping the hops and letting the alcohol mellow out.

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Old Ale 2012

Appearance: deep amber color with a small but lingering head.

Aroma: Sweet, malty biscuit

Taste: Slight dark chocolate, sweet malt. For 11.9% it is not "hot" and has a mix between a sweet malty beer with moderate hop and a darker roasted malt.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,219 ratings.
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