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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,219
Reviews:
1,509
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 3,219 |  Reviews: 1,509
Photo of yuno
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BJB13
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of car2052
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage. Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: A murky, rusty red. Not a big head to speak of.
S: Concord grape juice, raisin, Bran cereal and brown bread.
T: Sweet dark fruit and prune upfront. A sweet grape taste in the middle. Alcoholic strength shows up in the end.
M: Pretty heavy without becoming syrupy.
O: Not a bad beer. A bit on the sweet side, but wonderful grape aromas and tastes.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at NCBC in Fort Bragg CA. A first four me on this style. Sweet sweet sweet. Definitely a good choice for warm winter nights. High alcohol for sure!

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Old Stock Ale 2016, 11.8% ABV, Best by July 2032.

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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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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,219 ratings.
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