North Coast – Old Stock Ale 2012 Otsuchi

Tasting: September 26, 2012
Style: Barley Wine

Old Stock Ale 2012 Otsuchi

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Old Stock Ale 2012 Otsuchi

From the tag attached to the bottle: “When Ken Sasaki was a boy in Otsuchi, his father, a fisherman was lost at sea. He would sit on the bluffs overlooking the ocean searching for signs of his father. When he became older, he wondered what was on the other side of the ocean — who lived there and what were they like. He drew a line across the Pacific from Otsuchi and found Fort Bragg, California on the same latitude. In 1997, he made contact with and invited the mayor of Fort Bragg to Otsuchi. Four years later, the mayor made a return trip to Otsuchi and a couple of years later, a sister city proclamation was solidified by the mayors of both cities. ”

The 2011 Japanese tsunami leveled the 800 year old city of Otsuchi causing unspeakable destruction of life and property. Rallying to the aid of their sister city, the roughly 7,000 citizens of the small town of Fort Bragg, sent their love and raised $250,000 for their adopted neighbors. North Coast brewing is located in Fort Bragg and they released this beer in 2012 and dedicated their proceeds for the cause. According to relief website – sales of this beer have raised more than $33,000 to date. It’s a great story — one I whole-heartedly can get behind.

North Coast releases an “Old Stock Ale” each year and they also reserve a portion of each year’s production to further age in barrels for release as Old Stock Reserve. So, this is actually the 2011 “vintage” aged and released with a 2012 date. It’s 11.7% ABV — and I’d consider it to be a barley wine. Pours a rich brown. Some dark fruit (raisins, prunes) on the nose. This is overpowered by booziness. The website says it could age — and it probably should be aged to let the alcohol ethers mellow out. Dark fruit, some caramel and vanilla are fairly subdued — or possibly crushed by the booze. On the plus side – Old Stock Ale 2012 Otsuchi has a rich mouthfeel — nice and thick with little carbonation. I’ll put it at 84 points.

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