Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,215 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mellow reddish brown with not much of a light white head. Aroma of cherries and dark fruit predominately, followed by secondary notes of vanilla, caramel, booze and a bit of hops. Flavor follows. Really nice. Great bourbon notes. Sweet, smooth and rich caramel and toffee and big cherry and vanilla notes are the main players. A pure bourbon whiskey flavor as well. Not hot, which is pretty amazing at the ABV. Tiny bit of tongue tingling light pine hops. Really complex and tasty with a year+ on it. Awesome smoothness.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Photo of AdamBear
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark chestnut with a thin cream colored head

S-dark fruits, grains, and caramel. light scent

T-comes in with a slight taste of caramel and quickly becomes covered with the flavor of dog breath much like some great belgians, though i feel this flavor does more overpowering than it should. some dark fruits. the after-taste is mostly of dark fruits. slight taste of burnt caramelized sugars.

M-thick medium carbonation with a sticky finish

O-i'm not a huge fan of this. i think i expected more flavor or balance. it just seems to mostly taste like dog breath and carbonation. it is fairly easy drinking for the ABV though. its not something i'll be wanting again.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottle of 2010 vintage states 11.7% ABV.

Pours a clear, crisp looking garnet color. Very little head and it disappears quickly. A light ring remains and no hint of lacing.
Smell is amazing. Rich, full of dark fruits, malt, rum and whiskey. Like smelling a seriously good fruitcake. Great balance, a treat for the nose.
Taste is exactly as expected. Rich with malt, cherries, raisins, whiskey, wheat, vanilla. Extraordinary balance.
Full bodied, warming from the palate back. Light but sharp, initially, effervescence. A touch of sweetness but in no way cloying. This is a phenomenal brew. And it only gets better as it warms. Enjoy slowly. You cannot go wrong with this beer.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Attractive 2+ fingers of head after a vigorous pour. It's already retreating quickly though. Without any real lacing either. Color is a nice hue, a rich ruby brown color. The clarity is excellent too. Head reduces to a thin layer.

S: So much raisin and other dark fruits. Maybe some vanilla or coconut? Or is my nose just playing with me. Certainly lots of rich maltiness, mainly caramel. I'm just so astounded by how rich and fruity this smells. There's definitely some sweetness to the beer.

T: Wow, this is a huge beer. It's dominated by big toffee and dark fruits which is fine, if not occasionally palate busting. It is extremely hot. It needs atleast two years I'd say. I get some chocolate malts too. Some residual sugars. Port.

M: Really nice feel. Velvety and heavy, just as the beer should be. Good carbonation too.

O: I'm a bit of a loss. I'll rate this vintage even though I think it needs 2 years at least. Then some of the sweetness will decrease and the flavors will meld together a bit better.

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

2011 Vintage

Pours clear copper and amber with with a creamish-yellow head that leaves no lacing.

Smell is earthy and roasted malt, a hint of pungent caramel and some alcohol.

Taste is roasted malt and light caramel. A light maple syrupy aftertaste finishes out the nice flavor.

Feel is rich and creamy, very smooth. Some booze are present, but not feeling of the almost 12%.

An interesting beer, I would think this is a barley wine, but it doesn't quite feel as boozy, and had some more earthy tone rather than a lot of hop. Interesting for sure.


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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,215 ratings.
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