Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,222 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If one can make wine from barley, this is definitely a port.

Sparse little bubbles rise very slowly out of nowhere through the dark cola-colored liquid.

Smells of cocoa, dates, raisins, molasses, smokiness, oakiness, and everything else that is rich, sweet, and brown.

What an enormous flavor! It's almost overwhelmingly tasty. It's comparable to, let's say, the best hot chocolate you've ever had, or maybe the most well-balanced manhattan.

The carbonation isn't terribly present until you take a sip, then a single layer of microbubbles effervesces across the tongue to invigorate the drink. Amazing.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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

Trying a 2009 bottle in Dec, 2011.
Sticky and syrupy but not heavily viscous. This has all the qualities of a good loaf of pumpernickel bread: caraway seeds, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar. There’s a thick presence of caramel, vanilla, and dried dark fruit (raisins, dates, figs), slight booze heat, and a hop appearance for just a second that finishes each sip with a pleasant dry, sweet finish.
A friend of mine who loves cask ales used to wake up, open an old stock in the morning and leave it out all day until he was ready to drink it after dinner when it was nearly flat. I have tried it that way, and immediately poured from the bottle into a glass. Both are excellent. It must be the pricing that North Coast’s Rasputin gets all the glory for this brewery, but Old Stock has been quietly superior. It’s North Coast’s best beer, and it’s better than just about any barleywine and old ale around.
A note on the pricing: I picked up a 4pk/$10 in Colorado. In Washington, I’ve seen a 4pk/$13-$14 and $3.50/bottle. Do the math: compared to most (non-barrel aged) barleywines that come in bombers, these prices are typically better and the quality of the beer is better. Instead I hear about Bigfoot (put a damn leash on those hops, why is this called a barleywine?) or Adam (tasty, but without oak or barrels the price tag is uncalled for).

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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far I've tried the old stock ale 2009 and 2011.

A - dark golden brown.
S - dark caramel, sweet
T - for someone who is into bourbon, this is the drink for you. I love it. It's a bit surprising at first how thick and syrupy, but it's great and hits the spot. Good with a nice cigar and light cheese.
M - thick syrup
O - it's delicious. Will definitely buy again for special occasion. Not an everyday beer. I would treat this like all my other whiskeys. Drink a little, or share with friends over a nice cigar.

A - dark golden brown
S- light caramel, a bit sweet. Not as sweet as 2009
T - definitely a lighter beer with nice touch of bourbon. Not as syrupy, but sweet and caramel. I bet it'll be the same as 2009 once it's aged properly.
M - nice, smooth, and light
O - this I can drink everyday over a nice meal or BBQ. The light touch of bourbon really makes it different than any other beers I've tasted

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really looked forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint. Deep ruby garnet color, thin head but very effervescent on the pour. Smells of caramel, brandy, port wine, pear, leather, cocoa. Needless to say, very complex aromas. Taste is rich, warm and rewarding. The first thing I notice is the sharp carbonation and prickly, crisp mouthfeel. Flavors are abundant: currant, spice, vanilla, oak, tart cherry-like fruit, coffee, brown sugar, clove, cocoa, hops, all with a sublime underpinning of rich, complex malt. Extreme beer, easily one of the best of it's kind, but of course it is a rare style to be found. This is s special treat. Treat it with respect: it deserves it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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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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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep copper with ruby hues into my pint glass with about a finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing whatsoever, looked more like a glass of soda-pop.

S - Roasted malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, dark fruit - raisin, figs, also some molasses and vanilla. Very faint unless given a good swirl.

T - Caramel malts, grain, brown sugar, vanilla, and plenty of dark fruit - raisins, figs and prunes. Very delicate balance between flavors and booziness.

M - Starts way over carbonated, but after giving it a minute and a few swirls it calms down into something enjoyable, smooth and buttery.

O - I enjoyed trying this one, worth adding to the list but won't necessarily be seeking it out.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,222 ratings.
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