Old Stock Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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91
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3,215 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:
3,215
Reviews:
1,507
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
676
For Trade:
20
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Ratings: 3,215 |  Reviews: 1,507
Photo of Tigerbrau
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBBLASC
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - medium dark like a Quad with minimal head.

Smell - slight boozy, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste - heavy sweet intertwined with boozy. Hints of fig like sweetness that cannot hide the alocohol content. Similar to a boozy quad.

Feel - felt heavy on the tongue with the high concentrations of malt, and little carbonation to lively it up.

I would like to let it age and see what happens.

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Photo of Zahi
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Such a delicious and well rounded brew full of flavor...gets better with every sip

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass, temp around 40 F (recommended 60F)
A: Hazy Brown/Amber color with no head but a slight rimming around the edge.
S: sweet, syrupy with a slight hint of dried fruit, very boozy smelling
T: Very sweet, malty. Slight bitterness on the back end, but very slight
F: Very heavy and thick, chewy, very low carbonation
O: Not sure is this is my type of beer but has a decent flavor and is very heavy. Could only drink one per sitting.

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Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage

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Photo of DesertFox24
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoMaMe
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a full body beer with a lot of flavor.
It starts off fruity and ends with a sweet, syrupy finish. It's a heavy beer. On first taste, the favors were complex and indulgent - quite enjoyable. But because of its sweetness, richness, and malt-heaviness, it's not a beer for casual drinking. The favors linger a long time on the palate, and the alcohol taste is noticeable - not surprising nice it's 11.8%

It's definitely a good beer worth trying, quite delicious.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 edition. Heavy malt aroma, touches of dried fruit, wood and peat. Alcohol even burns the nose slightly. Dark brown/ruby with thin but tight beige head. Taste is more malt, oak barrel, plums. silky mouthfeel and lots of alcohol warmth. Smooth finish.

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Photo of jds16
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottle. Not bad, but I was expecting more here. Nice deep copper color, head vanishes immediately. Smells like toffee and booze, tastes like nuts soaked overnight in liquor. Thick mouthfeel seems just right. Definitely improved as it warmed, but came off as too one dimensional to me. As much as people talk this up I feel like I'll need to give this another try but this bottle was merely good.

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

Photo of Guppy314
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as deep cloudy copper. There is a beige head that fades to nothing. Aroma is of malt with some indistinct spice like cardamom. Flavor is malt-forward and boozy with caramels and sweet toffee finishing with a slight butterscotch. Definitely worthwhile, but one is enough.

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Photo of radius129
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Branlott42
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 vintage.
I was expecting more from it. It's not bad, don't get me wrong but it lacks a bit on deepness. It's a lot about nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnut) but not so much about dark fruits as I thought it'd be. I like the dryness though.
Maybe some aging might do the trick

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Photo of sjrider
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jroof1
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, very little but lasting head. Kind of murky.
S - lots of malts, dark fruits, caramel, little yeasty
T - basically the same as the smell but way more boozy
M - medium to heavy mouthfeel, alc present but okay, aftertaste is dark fruit, caramel malts, yeast
O - okay beer, would rather have a imperial stout or English barley wine. Bells Third Coast Old Ale is better.

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Photo of IMZep
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown, very little but lasting head. Not too lively.
Smell: Sweet malty smell, but also a lot of alcoholic smell.
Taste: a lot of overwhelmingly alcoholic taste, ooh boy! Extremely warming. Other than that, dark fruit, malty, raisiny, vinous. Sweet, and very viscous to the point that you feel that you can chew it. It became a bit more bitter at the end.
Feel: full body, sweet and strong aftertaste.
Quite a good beer, very complex. Definitely will have it again. But one should leave it until the end of the evening, due to its strong and alcoholic taste; it'll ruin everything for you.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
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 3,215 ratings.
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