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:
3,223
Reviews:
1,511
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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187
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682
For Trade:
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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
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 version--a re-review in comparison to the 2016 review:

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

Aroma--Toasty malts forward, with fairly pronounced booze. Brown sugar and molasses are right at the fore. A hint of hops and bitterness in the background, but very muted.

Taste--Complex, but again, needs some age to bring out the complexity. Dried fruits and toasted malts on the front of the palate, somewhat like wee-heavy Scotch Ale, followed by brown sugar...and not much else. There are hints of bitterness in the background (like the nose) but they just don't quite get home.

Feel--This iteration feels like a barrel-aged brew--a bit thin, and pretty burned on the booze.

Overall--I have enjoyed previous versions of this take, even when they were fairly "new" in the bottle. This one clearly needs some age. For the record--2017 Old Stock Ale needs some time to calm down.

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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

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

Photo of Bean89
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of einman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of leefx
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Stock Ale 2016 (L: 4—S: 3.5—T: 3.75—F: 4—O: 3.5) [12/16/2016]

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,223 ratings.
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