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Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
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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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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Bottle, Reviewed in November 2011
This is one beer I buy on a regular basis so it's about time that I sat down and reviewed it.

A: Pours a clear, beautiful, brilliant deep/dark ruby-red color; almost no head, no lacing. The color is just gorgeous when held to the light

S: Notes of dark malts, raisins, figs, and toffee; the smell is rather light and subdued, I had to really stick my nose in there to get a good whiff

T: Sweet malts, earthy grains, lots of raisins and toffee, finishes with a good malty booze sharpness

M: Smooth, medium viscosity, slightly sharp and boozy at the end, but not too boozy. In fact it's very smooth for how high (11.9%) the abv is

O: This is a world-class beer, and definitely sits somewhere in the top 10 for me. Even though it's a little pricey, I think it's well worth it

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a sweet tea like brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a couple fingers of light tan head which quickly fades away. Lacing is light in the glass.

Smell: Sweet lightly roasted malts with a big presence of caramel and toffee. Some molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits with hints of prunes, figs, and raisins. Also some vanilla, earthy hops, and alcohol in the mix.

Taste: Light the smell leads. Big taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. Some brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla throughout. A pretty noticeable presence of dark fruits with notes of raisins, fig, and prunes. Finishes with a little hop bitterness and alcohol. Also has a bit of a buttery taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Sticky. Finishes a bit dry while the molasses lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol heat is noticeable but not too hot.

Overall: A pretty good old ale. Flavors are bold but nothing is overwhelming. Fairly easy drinking for a fresh bottle.

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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours with about a half inch of off white head which quickly dissipates. Lacing sticks around as the beer warms. The beer itself is a deep ruby/mahagony color.

S: Toasted bread, sweet caramel and toffee tones, a really nice grainy character and I do also get some of the alcohol but not much for being 11.7 %. A slight toasted almond aroma comes through as the beer warms.

T: Great balance of flavor here. The sweet malts blend so well with alcohol and the hop bitterness. Nothing is too overpowering. Again, great toffee/bready/caramel flavors.

M: Not as thick and viscous as I would have thought for such a big beer, but not thin either. The flavor lingers in a great way and I like that it is not too sticky on the tongue.

O: Great beer and I will have again. Need to put a few in the cellar to see what 3+ years will do to this beer.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby caramel brown with large quick to recede tan head. Nose is light fruits, dark fruits, caramel malts brown sugar, mollasses. Taste follows suit with mollasses, fruits caramel and some alcohol heat presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice sipper of an old ale.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant crystal clear blood red color into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. This was a 2011 edition with ABV clearly marked on the label.
One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Little to no carbonation.
Aroma is a mix of berries (mostly blueberries), dark fruits, raisin like notes with hints of vanilla and malt coming through intermittently.
Taste compliments the aroma, and is sweet upfront. The malts take over in the middle, the mix of sweet fruity notes and the malt coat the palate very nicely in the middle. The finish is almost tart and dry; leaves you wanting more.
The alcohol is masked really, really well. I couldn't feel the alcohol till the 'burn' was felt almost towards the end.
Mouthfeel is very pleasing and the drinkability is really good.
This is just a fantastic ale, visually and on the palate. Considering how well the alcohol is masked in the fresh bottle, one can only imagine how age would only make it better.
Definitely ranks high up in the 'old ale' category. A must-try for anyone who enjoys this type of ales. Comes highly recommended.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Reddish brown in color. Pours with a large, but thin soda like head which dissipates quickly to nothing. Leaves some lacing and nice alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

Smell. Awseome out of the snifter. Starts with sweet vanilla which mixes with a berry and grape scent. A slight smokiness is faintly present along with some hard candy flavors.

Taste. Starts out quite sweet with a building grape flavor, not dry, but more juice like. A slight bitterness joins this to balance the overwhelming sweetness. The beer dries out a bit and alcohol burn is introduced. Flavors of dark fruits, raisin and grape juice continue through a dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body which works perfectly to covey the flavor to the palate, but not thick enough to allow the flavor to linger. Carbonation is pretty much nonexistent due to dissipation. For the first few sips, though, there is mouth filling intense level of carbonation.

I would liken this beer to a sweeter brandy or conac. This is actually the second bottle I've sampled out of a 4 pack from the 2011 vintage. The first I sampled fresh and this one with a few months of age on it. The difference is already astonishing. Some of the alcohol burn I noticed in the first one has receded and the flavors overall have become more complex. Cant wait to taste the other two after a year or so.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle served in a brandy glass. I bought a four pack with the intent of aging this beer for a few years, but I need a baseline to judge the aged results. Provided this blog last a few years from now, I plan to revisit this review with an aged update.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel/rose brandy color. Pours a very thin head that totally disappears when it settles. Falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, though much much closer to translucent. No lacing, but not surprising given 11.7% ABV. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet caramel/toffee and slight vanilla nose. Some fruit and rum aromas. Molasses-sugary sweetness too. An odor of rubbing alcohol is definitely apparent in the nose. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex and sweet. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Some vanilla/peaty flavors. Reminds me of butterscotch candy on the mid-palate. A little bitter. Definitely detecting some dark fruits. Finishes with a warming alcohol sweetness that does not linger very long. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimum carbonation. Very warming alcohol sensation on the palate. Finishes sweet. 4/5

Overall: A very complex beer with bold, aggressive flavors. Alcohol is not very balanced, but not overly singeing either. Can't wait to revisit this one if a few years.

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanksgiving morning, just finsished a 10K race and about to start watching the Lions/Packs.

2011 Vintage. 11.9%

Appearance-I'm beginning to just believe that all Old Ales/Barleywines/Quads are all great looking beer regardless of the taste. Pours a dark reddish/brown. Slow rising carbonation bubbles and many bubbles clinging to bottom of the glass. Head is about one finger of off white head, dissipates quickly, and leaves little lacing.

Smell-Wasn't expecting to get this first but really get alot of Pear and Peach. Smells kind of like a Grand Cru style beer but better. The dark fruits do come out along with some molasses and spice.

Taste-Loads of caramel, toffee and dark fruits up front, then turns into some booze, but not too overpowering as i'd expect. Then I continue to pick out some peach and some lemon as well. Loads of malt and sweetness does a great job at eliminating all the booziness.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, moderate carbonation. For 12% it's not to hard to drink, although you should probably sip it.

Overall-Awesome beer. Could be for dessert or with a meal. Been told this is one of the best beers to age so am definitely going to stock up and try one every few months.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,239 ratings
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