Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,203 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smooth darker malt, caramel and maybe Munich. Don't see any roasted or chocolate malts yet, maybe some chocolate if anything. Dark fruit, ripe plum dominates, followed by some grape. Fairly sweet, but more than enough alcohol and hops to nearly balance things out.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Looks to be opaque at first glance. When held up to a bright light it is very clear, with no solid particles in the mix. Lots of bubbles rising. The light brown head fizzes loudly and dissipates rapidly. Little lacing.

Taste: Wow. I must have let this warm up to just the right temperature. Bold, sweet dark fruits, molasses, quickly balanced out by spicy and bitter alcohol, mild and bitter hops. Definitely some nutty and earthy wine notes in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Silky, mildly astringent. The finish is moderately dry. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Bold and beautiful. A true classic. Almost as bold as a port wine, but without the obscene sweetness. Quite sweet overall, but complex and nicely offset by the pleasant alcohol and hop bitterness.

Notes: Drank on 3/4/2012.

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Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage.

Poured into a chalice. Pours clear, deep reddish copper with a finger length biege head. The head dissipates, leaving a cap of lacing on top. The aroma of malts hits up front. There is some alcohol in the smell as well as some fruit smells. The flavors of this beer are complex. It's malty, but it's also not that sweet. There is also some alcohol in the taste. There are fruity flavors like raisin, plum, and cherry. The carbonation is abundant enough to make this beer medium bodied. However, it the beer does stick to the mouth like a heavier beer would. verall, this is an amazing and complex beer. I've been saving bottles from the 2011 vintage and felt the urge to try one. This is best saved for a cold night, but it is even enjoyable on a summer day. It's definitely a world class beer any time of the year.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jds8411
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cisteve
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chrishou1970
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of mtlasley
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is one of two I purchased from the 2011 vintage. I drank this from a tulip glass.

The first pour results in a gorgeous deep amber with a light head that bubbles fast and dissipates quickly. Mild Lacing is observed and noticeable bubbling.

The Odor offers up smells of whiskey, apple and other fruits I can't put my finger on. The mild smell is surprising, maybe she needs to warm a bit. As I go back I smell cherries and figs. More smells reveal caramel and toffee, this is one complex beast.

That first sip is so smooth that I could swear this beer isn't 12% ABV I get tastes of whiskey, caramel, toffee, apple, cherries, fig. Everything comes together and lays so well.

Bold on the tongue, it chooses to stick to the back of the mouth rather than the front. The carbonation helps mask how thick the beer is.

Overall, this beer is great. Drinkable, smart, complex. The mouthfeel is a little lacking and this is definitely a beer you need to sip.

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Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear garnet red in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are lots of aromas in this beer with a nice complexity. I get notes of vanilla, caramel malts, and some dark fruit (fig). Overall a fairly sweet smelling beer with some light hint of alcohol.

T: The taste follows the smell with an almost cloying sweetness to this beer. There is a definite presence of caramel malts along with some brown sugar and molasses. After that the dark fruit is very noticeable with fig being most dominant of the dark fruits. There is a light hint of vanilla and some wood. Light lingering presence of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some alcohol heat is present. Smooth.

O: Overall, there is just a little too much alcohol presence in this beer (in the taste, smell, and mouthfeel) for it to be easy to drink. While it is not the easiest to drink, it is not unenjoyable. This is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of 6demonbag
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of vandemonian
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Stock Ale is a delicious old ale. One of the better ones. Great to drink on a cold, wet night.

A: Clear red colour and a 15 mm head that lasts. Beautiful. 4.5

S: Malty with some yeast and cardboard. 3.5

T: Malty with sweet toffee flavours and an oxidised cardboard finish. The alcohol is pretty noticable at the end. 4

M: Nice sharp little bubbles. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of lsummers
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, Dark red/brown, not clear but not hazy. Small white head that settles to a rim around the top

Smell is amazing, Like a summer breeze carrying dates, tobacco, and raisons. Just smells fresh and fruity.

The taste is so complex! It changes throughout, initially it makes it abv present, although still hides it's 11.9%. Carries through with the dark fruit flavors of raisons and dates, almost like apricots as well. After taste is very pleasant, it's the only thing keeping me from taking another sip right away.

The mouthfeel is ok, It is a sticky beer which I would expect but there's something about the carbonation that seems to let the strength of the beer come through. Still, I'm being hard on this part of the review.

Overall, I enjoyed it, I would prefer this on tap. I wouldn't mind trying this again at all. I would recomend this to a friend, with the condition of on tap is best for this one.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a very thin, soapy off-white head. Retention fades quickly. Large bubbles, possibly from the high ABV. Nice coppery color with excellent clarity.

S- Brandy, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and dates. Dark and sweet with a distinct booziness.

T- Brandy, tobacco, burnt sugar, dried dark fruits. Powerful flavor. Knock ya on your butt. The cognac-like flavor is strong, as is the strange tobacco sense of earthy, dark flavors. Complex, strong flavor.

M- Wet and sticky feel with resin-y aftertastes.

O- This is a strange beer. Not easy to drink, but worth the effort.

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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 ballz50401
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of very effervescent, tan head that dissipates very quickly to a small ring lining the glass, leaving no lacing whatsoever. Very apparent alcohol legs on this one, but at 11.7% that's no surprise.

Smell: Very rich, sweet maltyness upfront, some caramel, and toffee notes are present. Quite a bit of dark fruits here; plums, raisins, figs ect. A very slight alcohol smell lingers in the background.

Taste: Sweet malty breadiness at the front of the tounge, moving back, you get a nice bite from the alcohol, as well as all the dark fruits to smooth everything out.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body here, very remincient of a dopplebock.

Overall: Very big beer, I love it! Much sweeter than I thought it would be. I was expecting a boozy mess, but was pleasantly surprised, I will be collecting this release from now on.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast : Old Stock Ale

Ontap, presumably fresh. Appears a deep gold/light orange color with a soapy foam and lots of lacing.

Smell is quite intriguing and definitly good. Aromas of honey, tropical fruit, pineapple, and generally reminded me of a fresh pack of fruit snacks. Alcoholic esters are in small force.

In the taste, I was surprised how hop forward this ale was. Piney, citrusy, tropical like flavors from the hops. Some grapefruit rind, earthy bitters and herbal elements are also there. The flavor also touches upon ripe melon, honey suckle, pear and small bourbon as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a bit slick and well carbonated.

Overall, fresh, this is an impressive beer. It makes me want to pick up a few vintages and compare how this holds over time, though it feels like a shame to let the hops fade.

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Photo of TheSandPeople
5/5  rDev +22%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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