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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)

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BA SCORE
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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 210
Gots: 319 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.16% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Vintages: 2005, 2009

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by Treebs:
Photo of Treebs
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml C&C bottle served in a Founders tulip. 2009 Cellar Reserve.

A: Pours a semi translucent deep brown and ruby combination with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. No real lace left down the glass, but there are some nice legs.

S: This smells incredible. It is barrel forward with some charred oak, smooth bourbon, and semi-sweet caramel. Dark fruits, mostly raisin, but a touch of fig newton is also present. As it warms more of the bourbon comes out in the nose with a touch of alcohol.

T: Lots of great flavors going on. Definite oak character with some bourbon, residual vanilla and a definite caramel sweetness. Toffee with some fig and sweet malts. There is a slight nutty quality to it as well and it blends with the overall sweetness nicely. There is some definite heat hitting the back of the throat, but it's a subtle warming which is very nice.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium/low carbonation level. A touch of warming down throat greets each sip.

O: This is a great sipper. I smelled this forever before I finally took a drink. I enjoyed this one immensely and it is definitely in the top five old ales I've ever had. The barrel is nicely integrated and helps create another layer of flavor that definitely compliments the base beer.

Treebs, Sep 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a dirty brown in color with light orange highlights and a head that can't possibly keep up with the booze factor of this ale.

Smell - There's a huge cask nose here that is extremely woody. This is more like a fine aged bourbon than a beer. The whisky-like booze is prominent.

Taste - This really is like sipping bourbon. The rich American oak permeates the entire flavor profile and there is a musty aspect of this booze that reflects long cellaring. The malt is straight Kentucky bourbon and there's a rich cherry condition that begs for attention.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a big alcohol presence that is somehow inviting.

Drinkability - I felt like a king sipping this ale. It is so well done and so incredible that you forget how hard it is.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

SkiBum22, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really nice beer. I'm just not sure it was worth $25 for the 500ml bottle.
In a snifter the beer was a ruby red color with just a rim of head.
Nice aroma of toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and whiskey.
The whiskey aroma disappeared in the taste. Toffee and raisin. Kind of musty.
Very smooth. Didn't notice the alcohol at all, as contrasted with the regular Old Stock.
Very drinkable, but expensive.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

megamass, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. This is the 2009 vintage.

The beer pours a dark carmel color with a tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon, caramel and maple syrup. The aroma is definitely that of a bourbon-barrel aged beer and is quite enjoyable.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate notes and caramel malt, as well as some bourbon and maple notes. There is also a little bit of vanilla from the barrel aging process. The alcohol is detectable but is not overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Mora2000, Apr 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chestnut brown, with a thin, flimsy head construed of mostly open bubbles, making a thin beige head. There's red in the edges color wise. I'm normally not a fan of the base beer, in fact, I let an ex chug a bottle of the 2000 a few years ago, that was hilarious. Anyways, the aroma is so nice and sweet in the bourbon barrel versions of these, complete 180 degree turnaround for my nose. Bourbon oak, sweetness, it makes an almost syrup/molasses like component come out of the beer. Plenty of carmelized vanilla oak notes. Pretty amazing stuff aroma wise.

For something of this massive constitution, the beer felt so much lighter. A nice sweet body, but it wasn't thick. Seemed like the barrel lightened the body and added so much flavor. Bourbon isn't hot at all, in fact, it comes off like a bourbon and brandy blend moreso than just bourbon. Sticky. Takes caramel, toffee and chocolate in a sweet form married with bourbon. That's how its done son. Even manages to have just a smidge of rum like raisin bread aspect to it.

Its a real expensive beer, so I only see myself, at $20 a pop (same price per oz as Black Tuesday), buying a bottle of this every 5-10 years probably.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

glid02, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

BobbysLiquors, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

kevwcamp, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

striker2160, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of pwoods
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kels for sharing. And huge thanks to sprinkle for putting this beer out on the shelves.

500ml silk screened bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle says 13.16% ABV.

A: Pours a bronzen ruby that glows in the light. Very little head on the pour with no retention and just the slightest wisp of lacing... Looks like lots of barrel aging.

S: Nice rounded bourbon with a good amount of added sweetness. Not really getting any vanilla sweetness like you'd expect. Nice caramelly malts with a bit of added depth of brown sugar or light molasses. Some danky wood but subtle.

T/M: Unbelievable depth... So much more than I expected. I also expected at least a bit of alcohol heat/punch/sting... Just rounded, smooth, warming alcohol. Great bourbon flavor that compliments perfectly. Much more barrel than expected and I think this adds a ton to the depth. Much much deeper malts with stronger molasses and even some light fudge notes. Sweetness isn't nearly as strong as expected but is balancing and comes in with lots of dark fruitiness. Body is about full and carbonation is smooth as hell.

D: Drinks far too easy for being as big as it is. I have to force myself to take small sips and make it last. I'm actually pissed I didn't just take this whole bottle from Kelley.

pwoods, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of 05Harley
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, corked and caged

Purchased through Westlakeview Liquor's, Chicago, Illinois

Price - 24.99/bottle

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a 1 inch soda pop head that fades fast. No legs to speak of. In fact in a matter of minutes there's no sign of any bubbles ever being present. Upon close inspection one can see tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass and burst at the surface.

Smell: Pop the cork and BAM! Big hit of chocolate and bourbon immediately hits the nose followed by caramel and wood. This beer's aroma screams "enjoy me"!

Taste: Starts out sweet and quickly reveals the complex character it truely is. vanilla, raisins, caramel, ripe fruit and a touch of brown sugar. A gentle taste of bourbon rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to syrupy feel. No carbonation but it suits this one. A pleasent burn going down with a nice warming sensation. My taste buds just keep begging for more.

Drinkability: Delicious and well done. A beer I would shoot pool with in a bar on a Friday night. I would definitely not hesitate to finish a 750ml if it was offered. And probably stupid enough to try a second. My only complaint is the price and size...

Enjoyed another bottle of this the summer of 2014 with my son Bryan along with Firestone Walker 14, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Bourban County Stout and this one blew his mind.

05Harley, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of timc100
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this for a special occasion, so I enjoyed it with great anticipation.

A: Pours a murky, muggy brown with dark muddy ruby tinges on the edge of the glass. The head is expectably very minimal- just fizzes away within' seconds. Not the best looking beer - looks more like dirty murky brandy.

S: HUGE vanilla and coconut, caramelized/burnt brown sugar, gooey boozy caramel and raisins. There are more dark fruit notes of prunes and cherry juice that sit below the assault of boozy sweetness. Given this beer has been aging in the bottle for 2 years it's surprising how hot it still is and the booziness does get in the way some.

T: Just as big and boozy as the aroma. Rich, decadent, gooey caramel and booze soaked fruits. Sweet vanilla and some coconut as well as hints of oak. Very sweet but it balances out the abv well, though still pretty hot. Very intense

P: At first way over carbonated, but with some vigorous swirls of the glass it yields a near perfect body. Not incredibly viscous - fuller side of medium. Very smooth, allows the intense flavors to be enhanced and coats your mouth.

O: This is a stunning creation. Reminds me of the Bruery anniversary beers, but certainly it's own creation. Certainly not falling off at all, I imagine this one could cellar for another 5 years at least.

timc100, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Beerontwowheels, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last night I tried the Brandy Barrel aged...tonight it is the Bourbon Barrel aged and I can't help but compare the two. Please note, before drinking either follow the advice of the brewer...room temperature and let them breathe for about 15 minutes after you pour before indulging.

2005 Vintage aged 2 years in Boubon Barrels.

Pours a deep mahagony with almost no head as expected from a very high ABV brew.

Aroma is 'in your face' bourbon, dark brown sugar, candied dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is creamy and 'hot'.

Taste is intensely sweet boubon with oak notes....dark candied fruits like dark raisins, plums, prunes...lots and lots of brown sugar and still a touch of alcohol. Bourbon predomidates followed by the alcohol.

Aftertaste is candied bourbon and hot alcohol.

This is still a very hot and slightly too sweet beer. It has aged for 2 years already in the barrel but may benefit from another two years away from the wood and in the bottle.

Definitely a sipper....but a great sipper at that.

IntriqKen, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Love the bottle, too bad the price is so high.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a small off-white head forms, comprised of rather large bubbles, and dissipates rather quickly. Very thin lacing forms, but does not last.

S: Really great bourbon aroma, lots of vanilla and caramel. Slightly sweet with some brown sugar and a hints of wood.

T: Similar to the aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and some molasses. The bourbon comes through very nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied, but not overly thick. Drinks smooth.

O: A very nice beer, not hot or boozy. Like the BBL version much more than the regular version. Too bad the beer is so expensive. Love the cool bottle...but have to assume that it adds to the price..so why bother?

mdaschaf, Jan 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

AlexChillton, Mar 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

alamode, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich bourbon aromas. Pours very dark borwn with a quick dissipitating head that results in a small topping of beige head. Carbonation is surprisingly strong for a 2009, justifying the difficulty in taking out this cork(yes I used a corkscrew and I am not a total weakling). A very special ale, rich malt and quality bourbon, with a bias towards being sweet. A nominal coconut taste and butteriness in the finish. A sipper. Thanks to my Southern trading partner. Oakiness is deep secondary and mellows and balances. Being a Canadian, I am neutral and not gaga about bourbon. Had again 5 months later and big coconut and bourbon smell. Buttery mouthfeel, full, but also with sourness from bourbon.

Sammy, Mar 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage

Caramel color and legs instead of lace. Some slight foam that subsides quickly.

Thick bourbony nose.

Magnificent richness, full of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and everything I might ever ask for. Super warming.

Nice and smooth, supports the powerful flavor.

This is fantastic, probably not worth the price, but pretty great. Excellent pairing with aged gouda.

zaphodchak, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeremy (JAXSON) for this one. Poured from a ceramic 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Darkness snifter. This is the new 2009 release.

A: Cork is near impossible to get out and robs me of my manhood as I struggle with it. Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, slightly grainy light caramel head with moderate retention. Beer is an attractive, clear dark amber. Lacing is spotty and with no cling. Great legs though. An attractive brew overall but nothing over-the-top.

S: Nose reminds me why I loved barrel-aged beer so much. Subtle notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, and sweet booze. Super appetizing and makes me salivate a little. Very rich.

T: Opens sweet caramel apple, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. Dates and figs come in towards the middle and serve to sweeten an already candy-like brew. Vanilla notes linger in the background with the bourbon barrel-aging providing a bit of spice. Flavors integrate extremely dry. End is brown sugar and caramel with a syrupy, maple finish and a sweet light caramel aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Silky and smooth in the mouth but the bubbles make this seem thinner than it really is. Slightly abrasive going down. Heat is present but subtle. Finish is slightly dry and short with a lingering aftertaste. Could be a bit flatter but impressive overall, especially considering the high abv.

D: Can't believe I'm saying this but this beer is worth its ridiculous price tag. Barrel-aging is very subtle hear and well done so it doesn't crush the complexities present, but rather serves to enhance them. Worth picking up to see how it'll evolve and perhaps get better with time.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, Star Liquor - very pricey, so I must have been feeling rich when i purchased this

2009 cellar reserve

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, rich garnet-mahogany body, active carbonation that triggers a rush of foamy tan head with no lace

smell: rich malts, smooth bourbon, creamy caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar

taste: bourbon, oak, vanilla, lots of wonderful toffee, creamy caramel, dried dark fruits. This is a lovely beer - if not for the price tag, would certainly be worthy of an additional purchase. CW BB Barleywine makes for a strong alternative.

mouthfeel: rich, full bodied, perfect alcohol warming sensation

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Mar 13, 2011
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.