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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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Reviews: 322
Hads: 875
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 4.62%
Wants: 260
Gots: 418 | FT: 43
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North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.16% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

Vintages: 2005, 2009, 2013
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this was the toughest cork that I have ever removed from a bottle. There was a loud pop when it came off. Pours a dark clear chestnut brown with a mix of medium and small bubbles.

Aroma of tons of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some oak. Taste is spot on with the aroma, a slight alcohol burn on the tongue and a fairly stale taste that seems to almost be a watered down version of regular old Stock. I really like standard Old stock and especially with a few years on it. This adds another layer of complexity with the bourbon flavors and oak aging. Sweetness has dropped off a little bit from the regular lineup and it is good, but it is not worth the price associated with trying this bottle I hate to say. That is unless you have to try it, like me...

As I am sure there are many other heavy fans of old stock that will need to try this, I regret to think that so many will be paying such a high price for it. I recommend picking up two four packs of 2010 Old Stock and throwing them in your cellar.
Light carbonation, light mouthfeel, but overall a tasty beer, just too much money and not enough rare in the flavor. (1,151 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at Julios, glad to find it. Have heard great things and I love Bourbon Barrel aged danced beers. 2009 bottle...

A: Super deep ruby red with a 1/2 inch off white head that fades very very quickly to tiny bubbles on the brew. Good.

S: Holy bourbon burn in my nose! I get some buttery walnut and burning bourbon upfront. Some hints of dry caramel toffee in the middle with some hints of butterscotch buried in the back. Good.

T: I get some hints of faint cocoa upfront quickly buried by a bourbon booze burn. I get some faint apple in the middle with a watery walnut and toffee in the middle. Some faint grape port on the backend. Very good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation feel. A dry creamy finish. Very good.

D: A hint rougher since it has a heavy booze character. Decent.

All in all, this was a great brew. Glad I got to try it. I imagine this would be phenomenal with several years of age behind it. Grab a bottle if you like BIG BEERS and let it sit for as long as you can possibly hold it. (1,022 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours dark chestnut brown with a thinn, fizzy head. Rich nose, quite boozy with raisins, pungent whiskey, a bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite different from the brandy version, more chocolate and vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Hot and pleasantly boozy, as expected. Nice sweetness with a lot of that vanilla but not an overly complex flavor. A little bit thin. Nice beer, but I don't think it's an extraordinary barrel-aged barleywine by any stretch. (457 characters)

Photo of nick76
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is rich and strong with bourbon (alcohol), oak, butterscotch, toasted malt, and brown sugar. The appearance is brown with a fizzy head. The taste is like the aroma with the alcohol well hidden. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is a great beer and I love the bourbon barrel aging. (306 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely fizzy head, immediately disappearing. Not a promising start. Brew itself is an extremely dark brown, nearly stout/porter-like.

Big bourbon notes dominate the aroma, along with chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. Dark fruit and oak are nearly overwhelmed, but overall, the aroma is quite pleasant. Just a bare touch of oxidation.

Bourbon, caramel, and chocolate up front; dark fruit and brown sugar; long finish primarily of bourbon, featuring vanilla, coconut, sweet liquor, and a touch of slightly sour oak.

Tons of foaming in the mouth; makes it a difficult beer to savor. Very hot, representing the alcohol very noticeable. Bourbon finishes very strong on the palate. Fairly long, wet, hot finish.

Truly a brew for bourbon lovers, this is absolutely amazing. Complex and deep; layered and strong; unforgiving and uncompromising. I have major complaints in the look and mouthfeel department, but the beer more than makes up for it on the palate. (961 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty much as it should. dark mahogany, with a tan colored head, started at a finger and dissipated quickly to a bubbly ring.

Bourbon, oak, toasted malts, vanilla, fruity esters, caramel and molasses comprise the aroma. While there's a lot of good things going on, the aroma comes off as a bit disjointed.

Nothing disjointed about the taste! Rich toasted woodiness, caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, hints of maple, chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is nicely tame, merely warming the back of the throat.

The feel is thick, with good substance and a slightly sticky body.

I don't think this is quite as good as the regular, but it's still quite the treat! (668 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.19.12
2009 Edition, split two ways.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very few dark brown bubbles that are gone quickly.

S - Toffee and slight carmel, with some subtle booze.

T - More booze here, but still lots of carmel and toffee.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Sweet and carmel heavy with a small booze kick. (346 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a quickly dissipating, initially one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, rusted amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, full cranberry color when held up to the light. Ample Bourbon and sharp oak notes greet my nose, but it is far more integrated and smoother than many Bourbon Barrel beers. In fact the barrel character is right on par with the Brandy barrel version; certainly dominant, but well integrated and pleasing to the olfactory senses. Notes of spicy Bourbon, vanillin, ample butterscotch laden oak, definite warming alcohol notes and a touch of spicy wood are all noticeable parts of the barrel aging. The barrel notes are well supported by a substantial, but clearly secondary, malt character; ample caramelized malt notes help to smooth out the barrel notes and especially marry well with the vanillin and butterscotch notes. Some berry-like fruitiness, a sweet nuttiness and toasty browned malts are also part of the malt profile. After my nose gets used to the aroma a bit the barrel character seems to die down a bit, but it never loses the ample warming note from the alcohol.

Sweet, but as was the sister brew, this is very light feeling for a beer of this strength. The alcohol is omnipresent and seems to quickly go to my head, though I would not characterize it as overly hot, merely substantially warming. Nutty flavors seem to accent wood derived notes of butterscotch and vanillin; the latter two being the more noticeable notes. The malt provides fruity notes of raisins and berries that, in combination with the booze, make this taste a bit like Brandy. This is clearly Bourbon influenced though as it has a characteristically spicy edge to it, especially in the finish. The barrel notes are huge here, somehow this beer holds them in check though; the base beer manages to keep the barrel from becoming overly aggressive. The Bourbon character somehow manages to be so present here in the flavor, but it still does not become disagreeable (am I becoming more used to Bourbon notes in beer, a distinct possibility, or is this just that well integrated).

Definitely harder than the Brandy barrel aged version, but not overly so and I can see this appealing more to some people. The sharper barrel notes, which the Bourbon brings out, are really nice though and make this beer different enough (in a good way) from the Brandy that I find that I am enjoying this beer far more than I thought I would. I really think that trying this beer after I sampled the Brandy one (separated by days) has made me enjoy this beer all that much more. If I had had it at the same time, or before the other one, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. The differences that my memory has played out seem to be the most intriguing part of this beer. What this relies on though is the fact that this beer, while clearly barrel dominated, does not allow the barrel notes to overwhelm & marginalize the base beer. In the end it is a little too alcohol accented in the flavor to be on the same level as the Brandy barrel aged old stock, but it is still damn tasty and quite close. (3,122 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, imagine my surprise to see this on the shelf of an out-of-the-way store a couple weeks ago. I didn't even know it was coming here, much less where it landed. Then I almost fainted when I saw the price tag. Yes, I bought it. Yes, I'm part of the problem. Dammit. 500ML bottle poured into my all-holding Terrapin snifter.

Pours a murky light brown; once I get halfway through the glass I spy a reddish tinge, too. Despite the deafening "pop" upon working the stubborn cork out, there's little to no head - a few random bubbles wander aimlessly about the surface. Smell is very nice, the bourbon is soft as rain, soft toffee candy, oak. Lovely. As it warms, it become even lovelier.

Old Stock Cellar Reserve is like sippin' a gigantic snifter of whiskey. First there's that gentle whiskey taste again, the old ale takes hold with a toasted maltiness, that toffee again, mucho vanilla...then the alcohol slams the back of the throat like a fire-spear. The end is burning, slick, hard-on oak-booze, a feel that has it's roots in the stills of Appalachians. Wooo-eeeeaa! Scorching. The warmth picks up & spreads down. I might have to take my socks off.

Flat & slick, with minimal to no carbonation; as it warms, even the Tiny Bubbles leave the building. Extremely creamy, & the wood leaves the mouth puckering dry. Drinkability is limited by the head-rocking alcohol on the end of this one. But one gets used to it. Then expects it. Then even comes to enjoy it...

Well, this is a booze-bomb & no doubt about it. I'm sure one could lay this down in a cellar & feel good about removing it in, say, 2064 after it's calmed down a bit. I'm having trouble scoring this one. It's really good, but...it's excellent. Let's stop there. Very good beer. If it weren't for the 19" TV price tag, I'd go buy another. (1,808 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a massive amount of murkiness. There's just a trace of beige head around the rim of the glass. I smell a massive amount of sweet bourbon and light malt. The flavor is a massive amount of sweetness from the bourbon and loads of light malt. The mouth is thick and sticky. (298 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a darker caramel red color with a light coastered tan head that collars around the glass. Rich, bourbon, complex aroma that really is pleasing. Some booze in the nose. Nice sweet start with lots of caramel, oaky, and some booze. Alcohol adds an extra burn at the end. Medium mouthfeel. The booze warms the the throat. Quite the sipper for sure. (378 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, 2005 Vintage,

A: Pours a murky brown with no head, yeasty look.

S: Classic bourbon barrel nose, vanilla with sweet dried fruit.

T: Raisins and dates, heavy on the dried fruit flavour mixed with the malt. Some aged barleywine style malt, hint of oxidation.

M: Full-bodied, very light carbonation, soft, a sipper.

O: Not as good as the brandy for me, but this was a delightful effort. I wonder what it tastes like fresh. (438 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color with a billowy cream/tan head. Aroma is mainly bourbon and caramel malt. Much of the same in the taste -- bourbon, big time caramel, vanilla. Very good taste -- Old Stock is a great candidate for bourbon barrel aging, since it already carries many of the falvors that bourbon aging imparts.

My major knock on this is the mouthfeel. Way, way overcarbonated in my opinion. Totally effervescent, almost like a soda. It gives it a sensation of being way too light and thin. That's not what I want from a 13% ABV barrel aged beer. It's odd, though, because this is the second time I've had this beer, and I don't remember it being over-carbonated the first time. (677 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ambery/reddish, dark in color but a fairly clear. Some pretty good head pours, but quickly fades to nothing.

S- Really nice. Bourbon, caramel/toffee, brown sugar sweetness. Not too hot, just a nice bourbon touch.

T-Much like the smell, its a brown sugary bourbon mix. Almost has a nice creaminess to it, and a light boozy warmth.

M- Probably the weakest part of this beer. Too thin, and a little too fizzy. The carbonation prevents some of the flavor from coming through as well. I love the regular Old Stock, but this almost seems a little thinner too

D- A nice sipping beer, but the mouthfeel kinda hurts it for me. The taste is great though, and opened up a bit after some time.

Gonna throw a couple in the cellar, and see what happens. Has some potential, and hopefully some of the carbonation mellows (813 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 50 cL bottle of the 2009.
A: Murky dark brown ruby with constant bubbles, it poured with a quick one-finger cream head that died to a constant bubbling film and collar.
S: Bourbon and maple sugar come out on the forefront of raisins and molasses, a slight orange zest, a slight pine, some mild nuttiness, and a very mild vanilla. Smells good.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the taste, but the bourbon is so subdued and mild. There is very little harsh finish, except for a nice mixture of the barrel and gin hops. The maple sugar stands out like maple candies. Everything else is what you'd expect from the smell. It is incredibly well-balanced.
M: A little spritzy and thin for my taste.
D: This was a very expensive bottle, but it is worth the special occasion. Overall, I'd say it's good. (811 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Old Stock Cellar Reserve, bottle bought at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for $25.00. Beautiful design!

Caveat: regular Old Stock is one of my favorite beers of all time.

"Aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels"

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, it pours very smooth but vigorous, with a heavily carbonated head that dissipates quickly, leaving some bubbles and a white rim around the glass. Color is dark-brown, mahogany, very opaque.

Smell: Very nutty, candied walnuts, cream sherry aromas, burnt sugars, caramel, creme brulee, booze. Vanilla and bourbon, but the bourbon here is very subtle, unlike most barrel-aged beers where the bourbon is just all over and crazy.

Taste: Follows nose, but not as spectacular. A little thin. More caramel/toffee, vanilla, some wood overtones. Nice splash of bourbon at the end, spice and dryness. Burnin' booze as it warms up! Tastes like those "Cuba Libre" (rum-and-coke) candies we got as kids in Spain.

Mouthfeel: As with taste, thin. Very thin! Low body, medium flavor, medium carbonation. Burnin' hot, lingers around, burns the esophagus. Slightly chewy. Disappointing feel overall.

Drinkability: Superb! Oh my, hard to tell this is 13.16%. I pounded this thing like nothing else. Very smooth. It is funny because this beer disappointed me a lot but at the same time, and because of it, I wanted more. I would have loved to have a second bottle.

But it was not up to expectations and price, though, and I will take regular Old Stock anytime over this. (1,519 characters)

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 09.10.2011 from a 500ml painted brown mini-750'er. Poured into a 10oz snifter.

A: Dark, chestnut body. No real head retention. No lacing. Looks dry and clean when swirled. All expected from an boozy old ale, aged in oak.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of floral notes came through. As it warms, more cocoa and caramel.

T&M: Not nearly as delicate or complex as the aroma. The esters are quiet low for a 13%er. Carbs are subtle. Malty, warm, and just a little dry.

D:: Pretty smooth for a big beer. Got even better as it warmed up.

At $25, it lived up to it's price. (590 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 2009 vintage with my friend JustinA1 a few nights back. The following review is based on notes taken that night.

Poured into a 10oz. snifter.

Appearance: Dark chestnut body shows great clarity when held to light. A loose ring of large-bubbled, khaki foam sits atop for the entire session. No lacing. Looks dry and clean when swirled.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and floral ester/hop notes came through early on. As it warmed, I got an increasing amount of hot cocoa and caramel. Pretty delicate for such a big beer. No fusel burn. I dig.

Taste: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and floral esters (just like the nose) combine with a new flavor: cola. I'm not sure if it's just the high carbonation that makes me think cola, but I definitely get it. Not nearly as delicate or complex as the aroma; the taste comes off as kind of one-dimensional, and acidic (early on, at least).

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is way too high on this one, but with a little time it mellows out. Malty, warm, and dry - but not too dry.

Drinkability: Pretty damn smooth for such a big beer. Certainly got better as it warmed up, too. (1,118 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a grayish brown with a fizzy white head.

Smell- strong caramel and vanilla a notes. Very sweet smelling brew. Hints of more bourbon oak and other dark fruits in the end.

Taste- wow its sweet. Lots of caramel and vanilla as detected in the nose. Sweet finish of caramel and candy sugar.

Overall- its very smooth and very sweet. Solid showing for this brew. (365 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300 reviews – perfect excuse to buy a beer that’s more than a dollar an ounce. I’m hoping to cap off this wonderful experience with a beautiful beer, and I’m sure North Coast is up to the challenge.

Brewed three years before the date of this tasting – this is the 2009 vintage, emblazoned right on the front of the bottle.

A: The body pours muddy-water-brown, with that old ale cloudiness I know all too well. The head is all fizz, a collection of bubbles that fizzle and pop, dropping dramatically from one inch to nothing at all. No lacing; this beer is, very expectedly, wet and oily.

S: Everything you want from an old ale, and more – a profile that enthusiastically bellows toffee, maple, raisin, and dark, peaty malts. The barrel, though, adds a fundamental vanilla aroma, with a thick, musky oak backdrop. Touch of smooth, intensely woody booze, too.

T: A velvety smooth, dark ale – a palate that stands heavily on pedestals of thick brown sugar, cinnamon-raisin, maple syrup, chocolate malts, and toasted wheat. Sweetness lingers throughout, confirming residual sugars as this brew’s main mode of operation. Still, there are a ton of barrel tastes that come through with vanilla and smoky wood flavors, filling out a decadent bourbon profile. Spiced and astringent with its alcohol. Aftertaste consists of coffee bitters and a slightly tannic malt base.

M: Creamy and smooth, though a little thin. It hits all the right spots with its subtle creaminess, but lacks the thick, full-bodied nature to make this unquestionably satisfying at every sip.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, hands down. I love every little bit of complexity it evoked as it delved into my new favorite style, especially its emphasis on barrel flavors. But man, that price tag is killing my wallet. I think the next 300 beers need a spending limit… (1,853 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml ceramic bottle poured into a snifter. This is the 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color, like muddy water. Fine-bubbled beige head sputters out after a minute or two. No lacing, but that isn't surprising for a beer this big, old, and barrel aged.

S: Caramel and butterscotch (not in a bad way), subtle hint of coffee cake, maybe some maple fudge. Slight papery oxidation. Vinous undercurrents. Barrel aromas take on a supporting role: barrel char, seasoned oak, bourbon balls, and soft bourbon aromas.

T: Molasses, maple fudge, honey, caramel. Vinous flavors and spicy alcohol come forward for a while. Wet paper/cardboard oxidation reflects the age. The bourbon still has a mild kick, even after all this time. Oak, bourbon, and barrel char bring up the rear and ride into the finish.

M: A once fat malt body is now just starting to thin a little with age. There's still a slick silkiness to it and a slight coating feel and a nice roundness. Tingling carbonation is still there. Soothing alcohol warmth.

O: This has aged well for 6+ years. It could probably still go another handful of years at least, depending on one's preferences. If you like the aged Thomas Hardy or J.W. Lees vintages, you will find some common ground here. Old Stock is one of the only American made Old Ales that can be mentioned in the same breath as those. (1,354 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bit the bullet and bought a bottle of this beer. I love Bourbon Barrel Aged beers as long as the aging it very pronounced. This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin fizzy white head on it. The head didn't leave behind much of any lacing. The smell of the beer was pretty good. There were strong aromas of Bourbon, caramel, molassas, and some faint vanilla. The taste was pretty good too. The Bourbon kicked in on the tounge for a really nice sweet flavor. The mouthfeel was a little bit on the thin side I thought. My overall thoughts of this beer were kind of on the negative end. I liked the beer essentially but the price was hardest to swallow. The beer should have been much thicker I think, which would have given it a much better mouthfeel. I don't see myself ever buyng this one again, if you knock off about $15 off the price tag it might be worth it. There are better options out there but if you have deep pockets give this one a try. (963 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium reddish brown color. Frothy light beige head that dissipated quickly. Almost perfect except the head left too soon.

Smell: Bourbon & brown sugar.

Taste: Bourbon, & brown sugar. The combination at one point was reminiscent of root beer to me. Some faint vanilla notes creep in. The alcohol is unbelievably well-hidden for something 13+% ABV.

Mouth-feel: The fairly moderate body with a soft drink typer carbonation results in a fairly light overall feel.

Overall: Good beer but fairly pricey. (515 characters)

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.