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Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
3,247 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at 6:25 am with a breakfast platter with steak from Popeye’s. North Coast Old Stock Ale 2011 edition has a rather thin, beige head (in the hi-ball glass I used) and a hazy, orange-amber appearance with a few bubbles and some lacing. The aroma is of prunes, alcohol, and brandy. Taste is of plums or prunes even, alcohol, brandy bitterness, and cream sherry sweetness, with an overall strong alcohol presence across the sip. The mouthfeel is thick, dense, and heavy, and North Coast Old Stock Ale finishes semi-dry, alcohilic, and challenging. I really enjoyed sipping this with an early-morning breakfast, and I recommend it, although not necessarily with breakfast.


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2011 vintage

A - A good 1.5 finger light beige head. Body is a gorgeous deep burnt amber. Some minimal lacing.

S - Some alcohol and sweet malts. Caramel, but very sweet with alcohol.

T - Taste is boozy and slight bitterness. Some good caramel notes and slightly burnt malts.

M - Nice medium body and good carbonation.

O - The taste is a little young but I can see this getting better with age. Good thing it comes in a 4-pack so I can drink two and age two.

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A: Deep dark red brown. Murky, and the small head fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing. Not the prettiest looking beer, I'll be honest.

S: Alcohol, caramel, toffee, sweet tobacco. A deep nutty aroma. Smells rich, boozy, and complex.

T: Deep, rich caramel, toffee, and brown sugar for the first half second, but then turns into a warm alcohol. Finishes with a dry, almost wine-like taste. This is the 2010 bottle and it is almost 2012 and it is still quite hot. In fact, the alcohol is so strong, that it really detracts you from the flavors of the beer. After the first few sips, your tongue starts to go numb. A warming and sipping beer for sure.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, and it goes flat almost instantly. Feels heavy in the mouth, but it is not thick. Medium overall.

I had high hopes for this beer, and it kind of let me down. Granted I haven't had many old ales, and noting the alcohol, I expected it to be present, but not the main feature in the beer. Could this benefit from more aging? I'm not sure, the flavors are pretty muted and restrained as it is, and the booze ain't going nowhere.

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2011 vintage into snifter.

A- Dark chesnut colored pour with ruby highlights. Finger width off white head that leaves spotty lacing with traces of alcohol on the glass.

S- Toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol and a subtle buttery aroma. Raisins and figs with touches of tobacco.

T- Raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, brandy soaked figs. The buttery aroma has turned into a buttery taste. Warming alcohol lends a woody aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, chewy with slight alcohol warmth.

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,247 ratings
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