Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: North Coast Old Stock Ale (2013)

North Coast Old Stock Ale (2013)
11.9% ABV
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, CA12 oz btl
Served in Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 9/11/13

This old ale pours a brackish amber with a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly.  Moderate lacing.

Smell consists of malt, cherry, alcohol, dark fruit, mild hops, brown sugar, whiskey.

Taste has strong syrupy dark fruit, malt, alcohol, hops, tempered whiskey, cherry, sugar.

Mouthfeel is a touch harsh alcohol, but not overly so.  Syrupy on the palate.  Somewhat bitter.

Overall, this is a nice tasting old ale that's quite similar to a barleywine.  Strong dark fruit, malt, and alcohol flavors dominate the profile, and it's accented well with a decent whiskey-like component.  Not entirely sure what differentiates this beer from a barleywine, but really, who cares about the style if it tastes good?

My score: 93

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