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

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

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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%


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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glid02

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-09-2012 00:05:34 | More by glid02
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Iowa

4/5  rDev -9.7%

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CaptainQ

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-13-2014 04:45:21 | More by tbone1384
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-11-2014 16:20:03 | More by mpayne5
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Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2014 21:56:06 | More by AlexChillton
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tjfilippo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-06-2014 03:29:29 | More by tjfilippo
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-28-2014 02:58:37 | More by megamass
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-16-2014 03:43:18 | More by alamode
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chrisp450

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-10-2014 02:10:29 | More by chrisp450
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MSandahl23

Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Jonada

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 500ml bottle served in a snifter

Apperance: Pours a murky red/brown color with less than a finger of a light tan head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. No lacing. Body is basically opaque. Not exactly a pretty beer, but that's not unexpected.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, some oxidation, port wine, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla extract. Still a nice punch of booze in the aroma after a few years of cellaring.

Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, sweet malt, dark fruit with a slight roast character in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but thinner than I was expecting (and hoping). Medium levels of fine carbonation. Still a sipper, but the aging has really mellowed this out.

Overall: An amazing beer. The barrel aging, and then further cellaring has done wonders for this. Super flavorful and complex, and while it still packs a nice boozy punch, it goes down smooth as hell. Mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker, but that's only a minor complaint. This could probably continue to age, but I can't imagine it'll get much better than it is now. Definitely trade for this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:35:06 | More by Jonada
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 500mL ceramic bottle, cellared for about 10 mos., poured into a Lawson's snifter

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown, slightly reddish around the edges. Aggressive pour yields less than an inch of dark head that quickly disappears, leaving no trace that it was ever there.

S: Tons and tons of bourbon barrel-imparted notes, mostly vanilla and toasted coconut. It smells like the richest dessert! Supporting notes of caramel, toffee, sweetbreads and root beer.

T/M: Thick and viscous as you would imagine, with just the right amount of carbonation left. This is an incredible, incredible beer. Very rich, cola and root beer, melted caramel, strong bourbon presence in the finish - you get that warming, burning sensation in the throat and belly.

O: A tremendous beer, I'm almost regretting the decision to open it! Must find another. Well worth seeking out to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:25:19 | More by markgugs
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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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California

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch, poured from 500 mL stained-glass bottle to snifter

Accidentally posted this in then non-reserve Old Stock, 11-23-13

A: Deep mahogany in color, opaque and murky. A small, effervescent head forms early, but quickly dissipates, seemingly under its own weight.

S: Bourbon first, but quickly followed by vanilla and oak. The malty bouquet is big and pronounced, with a mash-up of toffee and grainy scents. Ample booze helps propel the bold bouquet.

T: The brew hits your flavor sensors with everything at once - the bourbon and oak and toffee-vanilla malts paint your palate immediately, as they've become almost singular with age. There's a subtle raisin-y fruit note mid-sip, quickly followed by warming booze and a distant hop astringency that dries the palate slightly. Long finish, boozy and sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style - stodgy and chewy and viscous, but aging has produced ample carbonation to cleanse the palate. It's almost refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 19:37:55 | More by rand
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Vermont

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.