Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012
North Coast Brewing Co.

Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012Otsuchi Old Stock Ale  2012
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English Old Ale
3.99 | pDev: 13.03%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews by scruffwhor:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Pours with a three-finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is dark fruit and alcohol and flavor is raisins with some alcohol. Clearly warming. $10.49 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I love what the beer stands for and the proceeds.Poured the corked 750 into an imperial nonic a deep rich amber with a thinner off white head atop.Deeply fruity in the nose,it really stuck out during the pour,more sweet alcohol and cakiness as the beer warms.It's a big sweet alcoholic beer that needs to rest,Iam drinking one now but I'll buy one and let it sit a year,alot of fruit,sweet caramel, and sweet alcohol with no hop profile.The body is thick and non carbonated.It's a big hot young malt bomb,as it ages I think it will get better,it's still pretty good now.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I've ever seen Old Stock Ale with Japanese writing on the label with a note about the Otsuchi recovery fund dated March 2012. There's even a link to ostuchi.org I guess this is a recovery charity beer release from the tsunami in northern Japan. I've never seen Old Stock Ale in a 750 ml bottle, well it has arrived. Pours a deep copper crimson brown color with a light khaki cream head, filling my chalice. Aroma has toasted almonds, sweet sugar coated hops, dark fruits including raisins, plum, and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, asian lychee (banana/pear). Arising tart quality and flowing malt qualities cover up the alcohol, mild earthy hop content. Flavor brings out the alcohol, this beer is young, it's April and I could lay this beer down for 5 years...did I mention that I'm going to buy a few more bottles. As the beer warms the alcohol level becomes more apparrent, flowing forth with a bit of tree bark resinous bitterness and sweet caramelized malt sugars, earthy/herbal bitterness units prolong each sip letting the palate and senses adjust to such a strong beer. The fruit noted in the initial smells is still evident yet it's competing with fresh big beer in this case old ale characteristics...caramel, alcohol, and English hop accents. Mouthfeel is big a bit cloying upon entry to the palate, with even carbonation and big malt characterisitics. Overall impression is decent beer that has great potential with age, enjoyed fresh but will be extraordinary with some age.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Old Stock Ale Otsuchi 2012. 11.7 % ABV.

Murky maroon-ish, deep magenta hue, with a smallish off-white head.

Aroma: vast and malty ,rich, vinous, dark fruits aplenty.

Taste: cherry, grape, a little brandy-like. Medium to full-bodied. Maltastic. Delicerous. (I'm making up words now. That happens.)

Growing heat. Building flavors, increasing immensity.

Oddly, I don't love this, though I like it just enough. Maybe it needs some time, but I think all beers ought to be judged once they're released. Lovely enough, but didn't "wow" me.

Maybe it was the mood I was in, exhausted from bartending another New Year's Eve. I'll look at giving this one another shot.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml corked and caged bottle, pouring into a snifter.
Pours a mostly clear mahogany with some rich garnet highlights on the edges of the glass.
There is minimal eggshell head that is gone to only a partial edge layer, and then nothing.
Aroma is rich and malty with caramel, toffee, figs and fruity notes. A little booze and red grape note hints at the power of this beer.
First sip reveals is average body with fine and tingly carbonation. Texture is silky and a little sticky on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is what is expected from the nose with lots of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, some fig and red grapes add in for the fruit. The beer finishes very dry and a little bitter, but not really hot or boozy. I am surprised that the booze isnt any hotter after it appeared in the nose. I get the bitterness is probably from the booze, but otherwise the beer is very drinkable and is probably a little dangerous if I tried to drink more than this one bottle tonight.
I am glad I sat on this beer and find it very enjoyable on this chilly January evening.
Nice to see a brewery making commemorative releases for donations to recovery funds too.
Big, tasty malty beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definately worthy of a separate rating, bottle from Whole Foods, Santa Rosa. Big soapy head on mid brown coloured body. Inviting aroma. Good drinkability of caramel and yeast, sweetish, hop presence there, carbonation right there.Everything nicely integrated. Wonder how a bottle will taste in 5 years.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of RickS95
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks warm and inviting as the dark, hazy chestnut liquid fills the glass. Thick and rich with an slightly yellowish head early on that eventually stands a finger thick with a creamy looking cap of bubbles. Average retention, finally succumbing and leaving a nice ring of bubbles around the edge.

Has a full malty nose, filled with dark ripe fruits. Not quite wine-like, just just an Earthy dark fruit (red apples, red grapes, raisins) scent.

Amazing taste, everything your nose picks up is there, along with some ABV. Very fruity, with a some caramel malts, and just the right amount of hops and alcohol (despite the high ABV) to keep everything in check. I'm not really sure how to make this taste any better.

A little bit sweet, full-bodied, only a skosh of bitter, but good heat from the alcohol in the throat. Nothing is too much, everything is just right.

Really a great beer for a great cause. This isn't something I could drink every night (I'm having it in a 750 ml bottle), but I could drink it every weekend. Not sure I've had many beers better than this.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With a slight twist upon the standard "Old Stock Ale" and after one year of age, the beer to recognize the tragedy of the tsunami that leveled Otsuchi, Japan- Its refreshing to get around to tasting the beer that their sister city, Fort Brag devised to assist in the relief of their rebuilding efforts.

Upon the pour, its rich dark hue captivates the eye. With its redish-brown, dark chestnut hue- the mind begins to expect richer and darker flavor. But the attention soon goes to the frothy cap that rises- rocky in its appearance, it's frothy, creamy and strongly withstanding. Decorative patterns of lace follow with each sip taken.

Malty-rich to the nose, the ale projects strong brown sugar, molasses and surprisingly- wine! Or, more so brandy with the strong tinge of alcohol, dark plumy fruit, dense grape, raisin, fig and date. It's kind of a fruit cake melange, except this beer actually smells like something you want to consume.

Sweet, sultry, and so, so seductive, the taste of the beer strikes a tone with the sweet tooth starting with strong toffee, brown sugar and seared honey. A quick rise of peppery alcohols balance the sweet with a slight semblance of bitterness. But as soon as that hits, the stronger brandy-like overtone comes in with the dark, dried fruit flavors and vinous tart tones, dryness, and rich "near-balsamic", "near-leather", "near-tobacco" type of savoriness. And then to finish the spice of fresh-cracked peppercorn provides a lasting memory that almost outlasts the malt sweetness.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's malty-sweet upstart provides a weighted impression to start. But its substantial carbonation extends beyond creaminess and makes the beer spicy and effervescent. After that gas expels, the mouth is left with semi-dry malt structures, spicy yeast complements, and strong alcohol warmth.

Without having tasted this beer fresher, I can only attest to a high level of quality that has developed since it first hit the market. Curious about the ale's timid score, this beer is a tremendous example of Old Ale that is taking on mature character gracefully with only one year under its belt. I can only conclude that this beer will age incredibly for years to come!

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet biscuit and honey, with some raisin and butterscotch and copper and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like raisin and toffee and honey drizzled biscuit, with some butterscotch and copper and roasted barley. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste that was a little earthy.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Full and lively body.
D: This was a great old ale with complex and classic scent and taste. It had a delicious character that, as well as the body, was meant for aging. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink, but worth sipping. Nice now, but will definitely improve with age.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear copper, off white head leaves to ring pretty quick. Small amount of sudsy lace.

S - Deep somewhat burnt caramel with spices.

T - Taste makes smell only in larger degree and a booze note.

M - Med to heavy body, good carb, balance harsh a bit with hops and booze.

D - Another fun one from NC!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get it. Is this a different production than the standard old stock? Or is this just a new label on the same beer? It's good and all, but for the coin, I would hope for something with a little more punch, or a little more clearly different than the standard Old Stock.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that died down every so slowly, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: If you were blindfolded, you would think that you were smelling a port wine that has a bit of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer resembles a port wine and has sweet flavors of black currants and grapes.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No stickiness is detectable. A moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is present in the mouthfeel and finish.
O: Although this beer is one to be sipped, this beer is remarkably drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. This makes for a good dessert beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Will. Clear caramel colored body with a thin head that settles to a collar after a moment. Smells decent, but young. Stonefruit, toffee, a little coconut and dried dark fruit. Sweet and a bit boozy. Palate is quite boozy and somewhat astrigent, definitely young. Has some nice coconut and peach flavors, toffee, brown sugar. The fruit esters are pretty interesting and enjoyable here, but the booziness detracts. Body is medium, could use a bit more heft but it's certainly not bad. Overall this is fairly enjoyable but could really use some age. Can see this being excellent in 3-4 years.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and cereal grain malts. Light chocolate. Old ale at it's finest. Malty and sweet.

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Otsuchi Old Stock Ale 2012 from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 179 ratings