Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Old Stock Ale 2010

Today I'm drinking Old Stock Ale 2010 brewed by North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California. I wrote a little praise piece for this beer several years ago, though it was after drinking a few 2009 vintage bottles. This is another beer I'm pretty certain I am about to fully enjoy. That's really nice to know going into a review. You'd be surprised how often I have no clue what to expect, and since I try to always expect the best, I'm often disappointed.

OK. So I doubt I've commented on this label before. This is one area where North Coast could use a severe upgrade. Yellows and golds mixed together with the beer name and company logo is so boringly boring. They could make a better logo in 30 minutes on Photoshop. I, however, suggest they get all those super-smart Californians together and hold a label design contest. How 'bout it, guys?

Caramel, booze and muted fruity aroma. Molasses and toffee flavors to start. Sweet and so yummy delicious! This beer is hella boozy but in the most excellent way. The 11.7% alcohol provides a good bite and chest warmth while accenting the other flavors most awesomely.

Fig newtons, raisins, apples. Very nice and complex fruit basket. A sugary sweetness that persists throughout never gets out of control, as the alcohol also tones and cuts it. Spicy with some wood and yeah, it's rum-my! Decent carbonation, lowish but not flat, is perfect. Excellent flavors. Love it! I'd grab one in a heartbeat. And the price is attractive as well, so you know, even all the way down here in Florida.


JayZeis said...

I like the downright simplicity of the label. I haven't tried the beer yet, but can't wait to find a bottle.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Jay. Yeah, just like the flavor of the beer, evaluating the label art is purely subjective. I am positive that you will agree with the other half on this one when you get the chance.

Steve said...

I had a bottle of the 2010 NC Old Ale right after it released and again, 6 months later. The difference was huge. The fresh bottle was a little too boozy for my taste and some of the flavors were muted. But the 6 month old bottle really came through with the flavors you mentioned in your review. It's a great ale to age. I still have a few bottles of the 2010 left in my cellar. They should be nice and tasty by now.

TJ Lubrano said...

Hello hello!!

It has been...ehm...forever since I stopped by here. Hope you're doing well mister ^_^

I agree about the label, but I am biased as I love arty labels. This beer sounds really good though.

Oh! I had a beer with Claire :D Only...I can't recall what it was. Blonde beer or something? It wasn't a lot though, because I didn't want to faint. Hehe.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Steve. I remember the fresh one a little hotter too, but it's been a while. Certainly is creamy smooth and incorporated now.

Tahira. Yeah, too long. I like the more creative labels as well. Claire just told me it was Lancaster Blonde and confirmed your lightweight status. http://www.lancasterbrewery.co.uk/more_info_extra.asp?current_id=109

Don't be a stranger.

TJ Lubrano said...

Hahaha! My lightweight status! Yeah, she's right though.

I won't be a stranger :)

Patrick said...

I've never had Old Stock, but I have heard that it can be difficult drinking when fresh.