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North Coast Old Stock Ale 2009


This is North Coast’s old ale. Old ales are kind of similar to barleywines in that they are malt forward and usually pretty high in alcohol, although not necessarily. They are the type of beers that you would want to age. This one is brewed with Maris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, so it’s a pretty English version.

Old Ale. 11.5% ABV. Fort Bragg, California.

A very winter warmer type of color. Dark brown with reddish hues. Not much of a head or lacing.

So, the aromatics aren’t anything crazy here, pretty subtle. Mainly the malts come through, with a bit of sweetness. A little caramel, and a bit sour smelling. It is a fairly fruity nose, which I like. Sour cherries and raspberries come through, and little bit of sour apple.

Quite full bodied, but does have a little carbonation kick.

Very malty, and pretty sweet. Good complexity, with some fruits coming through and caramel flavors. Pretty astringent on the back.

This is a pretty well made beer, and pretty complex, but the back end tastes like a disaster to me. Let’s keep in mind that this is an ’09 vintage and should probably be aged for a couple years before drinking, and I can see that back end and the sweetness mellowing out. But as it stands right now, I’m gonna go with 87 points.

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