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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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North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

North Coast Old No 38 StoutPouring as black as the coal that likely fueled engine No. 38, this stout from North Coast offers quite the inviting aroma, as well. Overflowing with caramel, currants, and raisins. Very smooth on the palate and a bit sweeter than expected as there is a flavor of burnt marshmallows. The hops come in late and are not particularly strong, but just enough to cut the sweetness before it gets cloying. Charred woods comes to the forefront as it warms. The dry finish also becomes more noticeable.

Overall, another very impressive brew from North Coast. It takes a bit to get used to all the fruit notes, but the charred and toasted character along with peppery hops lead to a very nice balance. Pick this up when you find it!

Grade: A

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North Coast Red Seal Ale

Spicy hops aromas lead the way in North Coast Red Seal Ale. It’s more of a hazy copper than it is red, however.

Slightly roasted and slightly sweet malt are balanced very well by the spicy, piney hops. There’s even an underlying hint of ginger, I believe.The finish is long, dry, and more bitter than expected. Overall, the flavors are not overpowering or particularly big, but it tastes good and it’s well balanced.

Pretty tasty red ale, this. Maybe not on the same level as other North Coast offerings such as Old Rasputin and Old Stock ale, but you won’t be disappointed.

North Coast Red Seal Ale

Grade: B

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North Coast Old Stock Ale 2010

North Coast Old Stock Ale

Barley Wine is a style that’s been growing on me. If I had the patience to age, these would be the style to age. However, I am not blessed with that virtue when it comes to beer!

This is North Coast’s Old Stock Ale, 2010 version. Deep mahogany color with loads of roasted butterscotch and some wood in the nose. That butterscotch flavor absolutely coats the mouth with a bit of sour tang in the finish. Hops add a welcome kick and some bitterness, but don’t get in the way of anything. Picking up some grapes and late chocolate as it warms. It’s a heavy hitter at more than 11% ABV, but the alcohol is just a pleasant warmth.

Outstanding! My impatience has been rewarded

Grade: A

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North Coast Brother Thelonious

Named after jazz master Thelonious Monk, this is North Coast Brewing’s take on a Belgian Abbey ale, Brother Thelonious. Nice light mahogany color, but not much in the nose other than malt. Full in the mouth with a hint of sweet malt and spice with a sour finish. The more I drink it, all I am getting is sour fruit.

Two things on the plus side, it’s 9.3% ABV, and when you buy it, there’s a donation to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

It’s pretty good, but a bit too sour for me. Not nearly as impressive as North Coast’s Old Rasputin. I’d be willing to try it again because after reading other reviews it does seem like it’s not supposed to be sour, so perhaps it’s a bad bottle. But at what it cost, I’d rather have two of something completely new.

Grade: C

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North Coast Old Rasputin

Before I get to the review of Old Rasputin, I want to talk about Imperial Stouts as a style. First, they are some of my favorites! They were first brewed in the 1700s by English brewers in an attempt to win over Catherine The Great of Russia. Indeed, a royal beer. Imperial stouts, for lack of a better adjective, are huge in every way. Flavor, color, texture, ABV, all of it.

Old Rasputin pours black as onyx and is completely opaque with a huge, rocky, dark beige head. Jim Koch talks about being able to float a bottle cap on Sam Adams Boston Lager. You might be able to float the entire bottle on this head! The flavor is massive and complex. Lots of roasted and bitter notes with a little bit of expected coffee and chocolate. I also got some dark fruits, like currants. The finish is long, lingering, dry, and woody. Damn, is this beer amazing! Just know what you’re getting yourself into.

There is some Cyrillic writing on the label, but I haven’t been able to find the translation. I sure am curious, though!

Grade: A+

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