Most beer is made to be consumed fresh, but some are built to last or even improve over time like a fine wine. North Coast’s "Old Stock Ale" is inspired by one such style, the ‘olde ales’ of England designed for long-term aging. This huge beer is loaded with everything that helps ales mature gracefully; massive amounts of malt, hops and alcohol. Dessert-like in flavor and richness, this beer is like a liquid bread pudding. Laden with flavors of drunken fruits, like rum-soaked raisins and brandied cherries, it nonetheless finishes drier than it starts, like a dusting of bittersweet cocoa. At over twelve percent alcohol, a party of four could reasonably share a standard bottle of "Old Stock Ale" as a nightcap after dinner, savored slowly from snifters. If you’d like to sock it away, store it upright in cool dark conditions for up to five years.