Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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91
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3,204 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,204
Reviews:
1,503
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
677
For Trade:
20
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Photo of Muss42
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vipsanius
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

North Coast Old Stock Ale 2016, 12% ABV, 34 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and dark brown, with a slight off-white head. Nose is malt and slight alcohol. Taste is malt, oak, and alcohol - hard to hide the 12%. Decent mouthfeel, and overall very good.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 batch "BY JULY 2032"
12oz bottle poured into a stretch snifter is a cloudy amber colored body with little head, but a slight ring and islands of bubbles. Active bubble-up through the murk and a little spotted lacing.

Aroma is malt, oak, booze, and a hint of sour.
Flavor leans bright, but that might be carbonation driven. Caramel malt, oak, and I think I taste almost a smoke flavor.
Mouthfeel is lighter toward medium and a little carbonated tickle on the tongue. Finish is oily, but clean.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch. Four pack for about twelve bucks.
Poured into a pint glass.

Slightly murky amber -brown, with lots of zesty wee bubbles and an enduring half finger head, creamy lacing.
Smells sweet and malty. Strong booze. Echo of fruit.
Taste follows the nose. Malty. Creamy. At first simple, with subtle fruits not overpowered by the booze, not altogether.

There is little doubt; this is a brew of perilous enchantment. Going to save a pint or three for some time. It feels like I have had this before, a lifetime ago. Beyond strange. I would slowly savor one of these only on a full belly, upon a cozy, quiet Shire night.

The second half of the pint, after warming up, was beyond boozy. Difficult to get through, even in 'sipping mode'. Served on the frosty side would be better!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; medium brown in color; 1+ finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: definitely malt forward; a little spice; a little boozy; some caramel and wood;

T: all malt - a little sweet; oak, a little dried fruit; booze; a little port-like; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice complexity; a great sipper;

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into goblet. Freshness date of May 2017.

L: Deep ruby, finger width tan head with decent retention.

S: Sweet caramel aroma, bit of dried fruit.

T: Follows the nose closely, strong alcohol burn, toasted grains, figs and raisins.

F: Medium-Full body, syrupy yet decently smooth.

O: A bit disappointed but still a solid beer. Not an every day drinker.

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Photo of TrevFlory
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fern22
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AustinWadkins
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010!

Pours a dark Amber color with a moderate head that quickly bubbles down and vanishes

Smell is sweet, raisins, pecan, licorice, fig, faint smoke, alcohol

Taste is sweet, licorice, raisins, alcohol, bit of yeast in the end. Very warming

Overall this beer was fantastic! You could deffinetly taste the aging! Definitely worth the wait!

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Photo of dipaslife4me
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Robtobfest
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 version:

Look--Pours with little head that dissipates quickly but persistent lacing throughout. Color is a pleasing and interesting garnet.

Aroma--Toasty malts forward, followed by smoke, with a background bitterness, and just a touch of booze. Excellent complexity augmented by the fact that this beer has plenty of the aroma it is selling.

Taste--Excellent complexity. Dried fruits and toasted malts on the front of the palate, somewhat like a Scotch Ale, followed by brown sugar, smoke, chocolate, vanilla, anise, and a touch of wine or oak. But just when this seems and sounds like a sweet syrupy "mess," a touch of hops and booze brings a pleasant balance at the end to a pleasing finish. In fact, I felt like just a bit more of the bitterness would have made this perfect. Despite the high ABV (11.8%), the "booze" is present, but as a complementary "warming note," not a "burn."

Feel--Elusive in its description. Initially thin on the palate. Then the sweetness rounds it out, with the booze and hops providing a nice finish, though I wouldn't call it "crisp." Perhaps the only disappointing aspect of the brew. Like the taste, it needed just one more notch of balance.

Overall--I have nothing truly negative to say about this brew. I am more of a Belgian fan, but this take on a classic English style rivals or exceeds plenty of offerings from the other side of the Channel--and this is a state-side take. The complexity is outstanding. I just wanted one more "notch" of something bitter, sour, or (?) to provide a counterpoint to the malty sweetness. Still--highly recommended.

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Photo of kuhndog
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hrodebert
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,204 ratings.
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