754. North Coast Old Stock Ale

754. North Coast Old Stock Ale

I had a bottle with dinner at Christopher's in Porter Square a few nights ago.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co.
Year: 2007
Alcohol: 13.25%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: Old Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours a clear, deep amber. Topped by a thick, fluffy beige head that fades quickly to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell (4.0): The nose is malty with some caramel, raisins and dark fruit. There's a bit of cherry tartness, a medicinal character, and bit of effervescent alcohol.

Taste (4.5): Sweet malts: caramel, raisin and dark fruit. There's a tart character that runs throughout. The finish is medicinal with a light bitterness and an alcoholic spice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): Very nice for such a strong and malty beer.

Overall (4.1): An interesting old ale, the malts don't overpower and there are nice medicinal, and spicy elements that provide balance.

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