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

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

Malty goodness. Pours with a rich creamy head which dissipates quickly. The nose smells of molasses. malt and spices. A slightly sharp flavor with lingering malt. The mouth feel is very rich. An excellent Old Ale.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: medium brown color with a reddish hue. About 25% of light shining through. Mostly clear, but maybe a very slight haze. Minimal white head Fades quickly.

AROMA: grape, plum, rust.

TASTE: alcohol is upfront with vodka like notes, metallic/rust is a touch offputting. Molasses, some bready flavors and wine round it out nicely at least. Gets better as it warms up.

FEEL: Medium body, no carbonation. Smooth and mellow.


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Photo of andrewh995
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy caramel color with no head. Smells of caramel, Cognac, spices, and malt. Tastes of caramel, sweet malt, mild booze, and golden raisins. Full bodied with light carbonation. And incredibly delicious beer overall.

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

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

2017 bottle. Aroma has brandy, figs, maple, apple, molasses, sweetness. Taste is big and sticky, dominated by a rich molasses sweetness. Leather, earth, pine, raisins, dates, and pepper play at the back of the tongue. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste is rather bourbon-like. Vinous and exceptionally chewy, this is one of the most liquor-like beers Ive ever had. A brash, boozy, complex beer that I think will be much improved by age.

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Photo of Benish
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,266 ratings