Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,224 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours Dr. Pepper red/brown with a thin head that dissapears immediately. Sits deathly still with no carbonation at all. Nothing really special to look at.

S- Prunes, raisins, a little brown sugar and caramel. Not as dominent on the nose as I was hoping for. Picking up some dried cherries, fig newtons and rye bread.

T- Nice dried fruit character up front. Sweet caramel and spicy rye follow. Picking up some really ripe bananas, dried cherries, brown sugar and alcohol. This is a nice little sipper.

M- Nice little alcohol sting. Not overwhelming, but just right. Nice plump dried fruit flavors followed by a wonderful brown sugar sweetness. No carbonation at all.

O- I wanna put a few of these away and open them up as the years go by to see how they develop. It's a really nice drinker. Perfect for sitting by the fireplace and ready a good book.

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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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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Reviewing the 2011 vintage. I picked it up about seven months ago, and I am finally opening up tonight.

I poured the Old Stock into a snifter to really pull in the bouquet.

I get the raisins and tobacco off the top really easily. This beer is pretty rich smelling. I can tell already that this is a sipper.

The flavor is even richer than the smell. This is a lot of flavor in the beer. I am getting a ton of richness. As expected, there is a decent amount of body to this.

This is a great beer. I love the effort that went into making a beer this delicious.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich looking clear brown with no head and negligible lacing. The beer doesn't smell of more than sweet maltiness (quite faint), and drinks just as smooth and sweet as it smells. I get bold raisin and tobacco flavors, definitely an ideal barrel aging candidate. The beer conceals it's high abv mainly with its sweetness. I would love to see how this beer ages.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of dbossman
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a quickly dissipating head

S: So much going on here: rich, boozy, bready, fruity, rich, wow; burnt bready malts, dark fruits--especially raisins; boozy goodness

T: Sweet breads; boozy, mmm; again lots of dark fruits and alcohol and some oakiness but also a touch of burnt roasted malts

F: Creamy and thick, viscous mouth feel

O: Such a delicious, boozy, sweet, roasty beer--two years old and awesome

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours an extremely hazy brownish amber color with a full finger of frothy medium tan colored head that lingers for just a little bit and leaves a very tiny amount of lacing
S: definite wood characteristics and whiskey, also has an interesting sweetness and a slight alcohol sting
T: woah! deep dark fruit notes, grapes come to mind then kicks in the woodsy whiskey notes and then somehow the grape notes come back and linger on the palate afterwards, really smooth and not alcohol note
M: intense carbonation then drinks very thin and leaves the palate feeling kind of sticky, nice
O: one hell of a complex brew, drinks so smooth even though its 11.9%, cant wait to see what the on i have in the cellar develops into

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Photo of wages
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recall previously having the 2009 and 2010 versions which were amazing, so I'm looking forward to trying this 2011 version.

2011 bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - 5/5 - Beautiful rich red/brown color. Pours with a finger-thick head that retreats to a very thin lingering layer of foam.

Smell - 5/5 - Big sweet aroma with fruit.

Taste - 5/5 - Malty flavor finishes with raisins that perfectly balances the high alcohol. Perhaps currant, but I don't know what those taste like, so hard to describe the fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - High carbonation balances a near-syrupy body and ends with alcohol warming. Malt remains behind on the tongue.

Overall - 5/5 - Every bit as good as I remember from previous vintages. It may be an "Old Ale", but it reminds me a lot of a barleywine, though less "thick".

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5/5  rDev +22%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,224 ratings.
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