Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 | North Coast Brewing Co.

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176 Ratings
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Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 04-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
13.27%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
57
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper with a tight band of foam around the shoulders. Nose expresses caramel and a hint of earth and ethanol. Taste consistent with nose; however, it comes off a bit thin. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, I've had better five year old Old Stocks (which I actually think is the sweet spot for this beer) but this one just seemed a little dull. I wouldn't sit on these for much longer as I think they will become oxidized within the next couple years.

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Photo of Houser
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swanfungus
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Enjoy this bottle with friends and celebrate the recovery of Otsuchi." Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Special commemorative vintage and benefit beer for the 2012 Otsuchi tsunami relief fund. Released in 2012.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy head of a cinnamon beige tone over a deep copper amber body with maple hues, abundant, lively carbonation and high clarity. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Rich, bready malts, viscous fruit syrups and molasses, mild alcohol and light oxidation. Gentle but rich and enticing aroma. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) Similar flavor to the aroma, with fruit sugars, raisins and date notes building a rich complexity atop a smooth bread and molasses body, modestly sweet with some mild graininess on the back end. Not overly complex but overall enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, moderately viscous, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic, grainy and oxidization. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) It's as enjoyable as the North Coast Old Stock regular recipe. I'm not actually aware of any difference between this commemorative release and the standard recipe, but even if there is none, I am pleased to support a relief fund in some fashion. It's one of the better Old Ales I have sampled as of late, especially considering it was well balanced, not overly grainy nor sweet, and has a decent well-rounded fruit presence to it. It's held up exceptionally well, and worth giving a shot at a reasonable price. 4

North Coast Brewing Co.'s
Old Stock Ale Otsuchi 2012
3.87/5.00

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dlmvh5150
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuanAlberto
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber burgundy color with nice clarity and a massively thick cream colored lacing ring.

S - Toasted toffee, oak, and bourbon.

T - Toffee, oak, roasted caramel, vanilla, cherries, and very bourbon forward.

M - Heavy side of medium in the texture, velvety and soft, semi-dry finish.

O - Enjoyable, wish I had another bottle in the cellar, 'could maybe use a little more age to help round out the bourbon character?

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Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brother_rebus
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been holding on to this bottle for some time . . . One of the first I decided to "cellar." This one pours murky, brown wine, almost like a Belgian quad or a Belgian dark. Aroma is boozy, winey with dark fruits, and cinnamon. Taste is similar to regular Old Stock with more spices and dark fruits added . . . Grapes, dates, figs, raisins, pumpkin and maybe some caramel and nutmeg. Feel is surprisingly carbonated. I like the feel but think some won't expect or be impressed with it. Overall, worthy of its 87 rating and maybe just slighly underrated.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of changdulla
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamison85
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a cloudy iced tea. Foamy khaki head. Not the sexiest beer alive. 3.75

Raisins, dates and brown sugar commingle on the aroma. A bit of an oaken quality. Caramel is there but I wasn't catching it. 4

What you smell is what you get. Caramel and raisin wine with a peculiar funk like baby doodoo. 3.75

Drinks well. Creamy, full-bodied and thick on the tongue. Some solvent feel but only mildly distracts. 4

Good stuff.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebooyakid
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhesington
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 from North Coast Brewing Co.
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