Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewery was one of my recent acquisitions. This is definately good. It is an Old Ale . I was under the impression this was a barley wine (American Barley Wine, English Barley Wine). That is what the guy who sold it to me said. (I guess I could have read the case. ) I'm not exactly sure what the difference is just yet. All I know is that it appeals to me. I'll post my detailed impressions after I taste it again.