North Coast Old Stock Ale 2012

North Coast Old Stock 2012

North Coast Old Stock 2012

I loved the 2010 version, so I’m hoping 2012 version of North Coast Old Stock Ale is also superb.

Trying the wine glass again, too. Color is a deep caramel. Aroma is full of butterscotch and yeast. Flavor is massive. Caramel, banana, clove, a jab of hops at the end and a very pleasing warmth from the considerable 11.7% ABV. Dangerously drinkable for its potency. The finish is similar to a merlot, but with hops.

It’s fantastic. I know these are supposed to get better with age, but it’s hard to imagine how.

Grade: A

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