Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,985
Reviews:
1,531
Ratings:
3,287
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gdobber
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 12 oz poured into a tulip.
Look: dark ruby to brown with a 1 finger white head. looks beautiful. Head has great legs.
Smell: Funky, musty, rich fruit, plum,
Taste: rich, dark fruit, malt, toffee chocolate that you get in a valentines box
Feel: best part of the beer, slightly carbonated but not too syrupy

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Photo of donspublic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage:
Poured from bottle into NB Chalice, good 1+ finger tan head, recedes to 1/2 finger and hangs around for a while, little lacing. Crystal clear dark ruby/mahogany in the glass. Smells of malt, caramel, toffee, raisins just a big malty beer. Taste is initially that big malt, the taste follows the nose caramel maltiness, raisin/prune in the middle, as it warms there is some heat on the back end of this. Good solid bitterness tames the sweetness down to prevent this from going into the deep end. As it warms it opens up and delivers more. Great beer, can't believe I have gone this long without trying this

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look as nice ruby red very clear.
Smells a bit off-putting smells like wet cardboard
Taste is very sweet much more sweet than I expected Coffee caramel malt bread and some sort of a bitter funk.
It was very nice to the mouth.
Overall pretty disappointed with this I've had many of the Aged variance and they have been outstanding maybe this needs more time or maybe this year's batch is just not as good

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle. Best by 2033. Lol. Dark fruits, figs, caramel and chocolate. Smooth. Lower carb and sweetness. Medium bodied. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Semi dry. No indication it's 12%. It's good.

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Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scasterline
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjg584
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcubz
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of americancontrarian
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: June 2016


It pours a mahogany color with a tan soda pop head that pretty much evaporates, leaving some patches, no lacing. The aroma is grainy, vaguely sweet, boozy, dried fruits, pine nuts. The flavor made me audibly gasp, so that's a good sign! Smooth, rich malty sweetness. Most of what's in the nose is here save for any graininess, harshness or booze. Toffee, roasted nuts, pine nut fattiness, a little spice, warming and smooth, soft and rich. Gets exquisite as it warms, fruity and delicious.
Quite a beer. Thanks Jacob!

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Photo of Bier82
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017. Started drinking the beer when it was too cold, as it warmed up the flavors and smells really start to open up. The ABV is extremely well hidden, almost no alcohol heat on the taste. Tastes quite malty, but not overly sweet. Very good, however, from what I can remember the previous year was better.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 . nice smooth drink , a bit sweet but has a nice balance that makes it very drinkable with hardly any alcohol taste/burn ..

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Photo of Bajdog
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyV
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage. Really good old ale. Nice malty profile but not cloyingly sweet. Alcohol is warming in the finish but otherwise not front and center. This is one I'll definitely be revisiting in other vintages. Well done North Coast.

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Photo of Englaise
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have sampled many versions of this one, from 2014 through 2017. The best so far, is, oddly, the most recent, 2017. However, although the recommended serving temperature on the label is 60 F, I have found, through experimentation, that removing it from the fridge and then letting it sit in the Freezer for 30 minutes, or until it forms frost on the bottle upon removal, renders the smoothest feel on the tongue, and thus the pallet. If you've gotten it from your favourite establishment at room temperature, the freezer term will expand to 90 minutes to achieve this fabulous effect. Trust me, you will not regret doing so. In fact, many other Ales will respond in kind to this sort of treatment, despite the advice of purported "experts." In fact, my girlfriend, who curled her lip at the very mention of an ale, was surprised by how delicious the above mentioned process transformed that which she previously snubbed her nose.

Enjoy, my friends, and inform me of the results of your experiments!

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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,287 ratings