Thursday, August 26, 2010

North Coast Old Stock Ale Old 2010

Old Stock Ale 2010

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.

Fort Brag, California, United States

Old Ale

11.70% ABV


Commercial Description:As a continuation of North Coast Brewing Co.’s commitment to quality, our Old Stock Ale is crafted in the tradition of our critically acclaimed Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale is a vintage dated ale. We produce a small quantity each year and it remains available from release date until our stock is depleted.
General Pricing:12oz bottle, ~ $4.00 each, ~$13.00-$14.00 4 pack
Review:The beer pours a dark amber almost brown with a very modest off white head.

The nose is incredible with rich caramel malts, sweet alcohol and a nice slight hop presence.

Oh my goodness, this is amazing. It starts out with sweet malty goodness up front, then the most exquisite smooth and creamy mid-sip. By the time you get to the back-end you expect this to build into an intense big beer but it doesn’t. The back end remains smooth and fairly easy drinking, extremely easy for such a big beer. There is also just a little effervescence during the swallow that masks some of the flavors and actually makes this very easy to swallow. The finish is exquisite with rich malts, a dry hopiness, sweet alcohol and the most comforting warming effect. The final aftertaste is a creamy toasted malt flavor.

Wow, what a great beer.

The malt flavors in this beer are very unique. It has the creamy aspects of a roasted malt stout but the flavor is subdued to more of a toasted caramel malt flavor.

The alcohol in the beer is also very subdued. Oh don’t get me wrong it’s a big beer but you would suspect 9% not 11.7%

This just gets better as it warms. It is now at 70 degrees and I’m liking it more and more.
There is no mistaking that it’s a big beer but Man O Man is it smooth at 70 degrees.

I really can’t tell you how impressed I am with this beer; it has a lot going for it. Rich malt flavors, creamy smooth mouthfeel and the comforting warming effect. This is just one amazingly smooth easy sipping big beer.

This is hands down an A+. What a great beer!

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