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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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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 243
Gots: 398 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.16% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

Vintages: 2005, 2009, 2013
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Ratings: 709 | Reviews: 308
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours med golden brown. sits slightly opaque (mostly clear) med brown with a ruby hue. head is pretty small and doesnt around too long. no lacing

Smell: full, bright notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and hints of dark fruit, all in great quantities and balance. little bit of alcohol but doesnt come close to getting in the way other aromas

Taste: slightly more alcohol presence on the palate than the nose. otherwise, good translation from aroma to flavors. lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel with notes of chocolate and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium-high carbonation that lightens the load slightly

Notes: wonderful beer. always been a huge fan of Old Stock so naturally a little bourbon aging raises it to a new level

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As an initial note, if style points were an option for the bottle, this would get an A+. It calls to mind a vintage port bottle that you would find on a pirate ship (or at least what I would envision one to look like, never actually having been aboard such a ship, myself). But, I digress.

And, to digress a bit more before actually getting around to the review, this beer caused me to reflect on the whole bourbon barrel aging trend that has grown exponentially over the last few years. When the first examples hit the market they were viewed more as a novelty and, for the most part, were pretty heavy-handed. Most had one primary flavor - bourbon - like having a boilermaker. A few less than satisfactory experiences caused me to think that this was just a passing fad.

Had I sampled this beer back then, I would have been blown away. It is testament to how far the level of quality overall has grown in this style so that it now takes a great beer to really stand out from the ever-growing crowd of bourbon barrel aged beers.

Now, at last, to the beer. Smooth, well rounded and mellow, with abundant brown sugar and caramel notes, but not overly sweet. Bourbon note is modest and clean. No boozyness despite the high alchol level, and, while a sipper, surpisingly drinkable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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A: Nice lively pop to the bottle. First pour created a lot of fizz that quickly fades away to nothing, pretty expectable there. Beautiful glowing mahogany hue.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel in the base. Bourbon is very present along with vanilla from the wood. I'm getting some brown sugar and raisins. It smells almost like English bread pudding....yum. One of the most inviting noses I've experienced in awhile.

T: Bourbon is much smoother than expected here. Getting even more brown sugar and raisins than I did in the nose. Vanilla in toffee pop up right alongside one another. There's a lot of bourbon going on throughout the entire palette, but it never seems to overpower some of the more subtle flavors going on like maple syrup and ever so slight tobacco. Its just what you'd want from a barrel aged Old Ale; sweet, malty, complex, lots of bourbon and definitely wood presence.

M: Carbonation seemed like it was going to be prickly at first, but this one is intended to be sipped and once it opens up it mellows out perfectly. Medium body and definitely warming with each sip.

O: I hate to say it, but this one is worth the tall price and I'm definitely planning on going to get some more. A great base beer handled beautifully to create one of the most complex yet balanced bourbon barrel aged ales I've ever had. I can't wait to see how this one might age...and I feel like I won't be able to wait either.

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