Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock AleOld Stock Ale
3,232 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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a decent forty-five seconds. A nice trickling yet speckled lacing clung but ended up sliding into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to malty cinnamon and raisinous sticky slightly maple-esque conglomeration. The taste, for the most part copied the smell and added a nice coating of a sticky sweet cinnamon and maple and a nice dark fruit (sweet plums). The palate sat about a good medium on the body with a nice sessionability running under my tongue delicately yet smoo. Overall, hot damn, this is super good!

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dream
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a murky dark copper liquid. There is the lightest of heads that quickly disparate. An ultra thin ring collar circles the surface, even leaving hints of lace. I assume this style is not supposed to yield much by way of head, however, its muddy dark cider look is not this brew's most appealing aspect.
The nose, on the other hand, is a different story. It represents a complex bouquet of aromas that can be intoxicating at times. Rich and malt forward; toasted malts, caramel, toffee, buttery, and, especially dark molasses. Complimenting this is a range of fruity esters; raisins, dates, figs. The sweetness that emanates from this is at times almost cloying, yet, enticing. Punctuating this sweetness is a strong alcohol spice that has me inhaling the glass as I would a fine single malt. Finally, there are some nutty and even dark chocolate like aromas that add to the overall complexity.
In the mouth it is full bodied, vinous, and chewy. The toasted malts, syrupy caramel, molasses sweetness and raisins run the show. Although the flavors align with the aroma, they are a bit mellower. For one, there is a modest but significant hops bitterness that balances things out. Also the finish is increasingly dry, whisky/bourbon like, and, the aftertaste has a slight spiciest from the hops. Perhaps of most significance, is the alcohol warming that although not overwhelmingly boozy, plays a large role in the flavor profile.
Overall, this brew is at times intense and a bit of a sipper. It seems to fit well with the elements of the style, and provides amazing complexity.

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

12oz bottle 2016 vintage poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees 11.8% ABV. The beer pours medium brown in color with copper highlights if held to light. The head is light khaki in color, short lived and recedes to a skin coat and ring around the glass. The aromas of caramel, brown sugar, molasses and slight booze all blend together as this approaches room temperature. The taste is dark fruit, sweet caramel and toffee without a cloying feel. It is nicely balanced by some bitterness and booziness in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium full, with plenty of carbonation and a pleasant semidry finish. Overall, very good to excellent. This beer is a bit bitter for me fresh and I'm not noting any oxidation yet. I will keep the other two for a good while and check back.

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Photo of Tre1994
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here is another beer that I am either surprised or shocked that I have not reviewed before now. I guess that it required the eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody before I could get to it. Mine is a 2105 vintage bottle for this go-'round.

From the bottle: [undersigned] Mark E. Ruedrich Brewmaster".

Following the Pop! of the cap, I conducted a gentle pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. Having raised just under two fingers of foamy, tawny head, I watched as it quickly dissipated back into wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with a faint haze that seemed to be clarifying as it warmed, so I am willing to chalk it up to a chill haze. Nose was quite boozy, even with a year-and-a-half in the bottle! It was also very malty with loads of bready caramel up front, underlain by notes of treacle, dried Mediterranean fruits (figs, dates) and leather. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but with a fullness beyond simply medium. I let it kind of roll around on my tongue to warm further. I stand by everything that I noted on the nose in terms of its taste. The caramel had a not-quite-burnt flavor, call it toasted, with a slight marshmallow sweetness, also. The fruitiness was not as pronounced as the leather and treacle, suggesting that those will probably become the dominant flavors over time. Phew. Finish was hot and dry, but the potential for smoothing over an extended time was definitely there. The most impressive thing was that I purchased this at a relatively modest price point, making it a real bargain. I am impressed.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, caramel, breadiness in the entry. Fruity accents come across the palate, similar to what an ESB grist is- grapey, plumy, dark fruits. The "old" portion comes in nicely as a damp, cardboardy, sherry (nuanced), aged funkiness (for lack of a better term.) Breadiness is everbalancing, slightly toasty, and almost too much. Herbal hops help to keep the bready flavor in check. I get some chocolaty hints that creep in as well. Along with this depth of flavor that is difficult to describe, almost like a vinous depth. Body is definitely thinnish, but creamy and pleasing. Carbonation is soft, which I love. I've had a four pack over the last 6/7 months. This beer gets better and better with time. Nice sipper. Alcohol is well masked. Wish I had more of this style in my area. Enjoy if you can get it.

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BJB13
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release.
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky, deep reddish amber covered by almost one finger of off white head that fast faded into a crown with sticky lacing. The nose is subdued and dominated by molasses backed up by dark fruit. Taste is malt forward and sweet but not cloying. Molasses, dark fruit and caramel flavors with a lack of booziness though it does finish with some heat. Smooth and creamy it is lighter than I expected with a body on the high side of medium.

This is a sipper that drinks easy. So easy it could be trouble without some self control.
Enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle from 2012. Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Dark fruits, fig, caramel sweetness, bread, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dried fruit and caramel.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
Pours a rust color with a minimal head. Smells of molasses, caramel, sweet fruit notes, malt and booze. Taste follows the nose with notes of raisins and a hint of smoke. Syrupy mouth feel, light carbonation and finishes slightly dry.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Sweet caramel and molasses up front with some fruity notes underneath. A bit boozy, but not too bad

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with caramel maltiness and some brown bread and goes into the molasses and fruity notes. Alcohol is nicely masked but still provides more fruity notes. Finishes with lingering alcohol and molasses

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A great cold weather beer because of the abv and heartiness. Definitely worth checking out, especially if there's already some age on it

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Photo of briancathy
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,232 ratings
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