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: 818
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 253
Gots: 417 | FT: 41
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Pours a nice brown color with little tan head. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates, bourbon, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon warmth and more fruit.

Photo of bgold86
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy bourbon notes, lots of vanilla and sugar, pleasant burn going down, almost no carbonation.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into Spiegelau glass 2013 Cellar Reserve

A: brown hazy brackish in appearance light off white head that is gone quickly

S: Vanilla, toffee, raisins, soft bourbon

T: big vanilla bourbon with some dark fruits figs prunes raisins some burnt sugar tastes can taste the alcohol

M: nice feel lightly viscous from the alcohol lighter than when i would have thought

O: This beer is quite good although the alcohol heat is pretty extensive this base beer is stellar aged and the bourbon is quite a welcome

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip with half inch of tan bubbly head that went away almost immediately. 2013 vintage. Nice rich dark brown color. The nose seem a bit watery to me. Not as strong as I expected. That being said it does smell good. Molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit.
Taste is great. More in the taste than nose. I like that it is not so overly whisked, and I like me some whiskey, but think the two should be separate. Smooth and rich mouthfeel, but nit syrupy. A fine beer. Pricey at $18.50 would like to buy another to cellar but cost may be prohibitive.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'13 vintage, purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a murky brown, with not much in the way of head or lacing.

This one smells awesome, tons of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and bourbon, just exploding out of the glass.

Once you get to the flavor though, there's some unmistakably strong coconut flavors. It's amazing how they can get such a strong coconut flavor without actually adding any. Magic of the barrels, I guess. This one is a malty dream, so much caramel and brown sugar, with a really rich bourbon flavor folded in. The bourbon is not super strong, and doesn't stand out compared to the other flavors in this one. It's just a nice component. This is definitely sweet, but is elegant enough to never be cloying.

This isn't syrupy, which is nice, it actually has a decently creamy mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation, and a pretty thick body.

I think this is a slight bit better than the brandy variant, but both are fantastic.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

Drinking this one at literal room temperature (60 degrees).

A - Pours a whiskey/cognac brown color. Forms a 2 finger, medium-tan colored quickly-dissipating head. High head potential, super low head retention. No lacing.
S - 5 - Wow, this is incredibly complex. Malts, bittersweet chocolate, very light barleywine style hop profile, leather, oak wood, wood sap, bourbon whiskey, butter, butterscotch, brown sugar, candied figs and plums, currants, raisins, dates, light marzipan almond cherry and lots of booze.
T - 5 - Taste matches the smell identically. Reminds me of a triple strong version of Founder's Backwoods Bastard for reference.
F - 4.5 - Quite smooth and oily, but also a bit then. Could be thicker. Really the only aspect holding this beer back from a perfect 100.
O - 5 - What an absolutely mind blowing brew. If you can get your hands on this, cellar it and save it for a special occasion, its amazing!

Photo of jzeilinger
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a crystal clear deep burgundy color with light carbonation and a very thin lacing ring around the top.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, figs, dates, raisons, very delicate bourbon notes.

T - Lots of layers going on: Raisons, figs, light molasses, sweet caramel/toffee, vanilla, cherries, oak, and the bourbon almost comes across as "Rum-like".

M - A definite alcohol presence with warming on the way down

O - Wonderfully deep and complex, time has served this vintage well, glad I sat on this bottle and wish I bought more but it came with a hefty price tag. No regrets, though!

Photo of Desp59
2.5/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my thing but it was pretty smooth.

Photo of ohbeer89
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one gets docked on appearance because it pours cloudy. You'd think that the 2013 vintage would have dropped bright by now. A very noticeable bourbon burn on the nose coupled with dried stone fruits and raisins, the taste is exactly what you'd expect if someone told you "bourbon barrel aged old ale." Perhaps I'm docking this one more on value than on true merit, but this is by far the most expensive beer I've ever had and it simply isn't worth it.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great beer elevated to another level by barrel aging. Other than a mild burn, there was nothing else I could fault about this beer. Definitely worth trying, even though the price/oz ($19, 2013 batch) was a tad steep.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of uvachief
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle drank in April of 2015. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Aggressive pour resulted in a full finger of head that quickly dissipated. Golden orange brown color that is more orange than brown. Light penetrates it. Lots of carbonation appears present. Smells of bourbon, mild malts and dark fruit. Taste is very very complex. Bourbon whiskey (not true KY straight bourbon) then dark fruits like raisins, plumbs or dates. Then hints of caramelized sugars with malts, vanilla, oak and a host of other subtle flavors. Big boozy burn going down. Burn is significant but beer is smooth. Powerful ale. ABV is huge. But the complex flavors help beat it down. Finishes with dark fruit and bourbon. After one glass, you feel it. Don't drink and drive on this one. Now I know why it is a 500ml bottle. 6-8 oz pours would make a lot of sense. Feel is pretty thin - it is an ale - but it does have an odd lingering chewy taste. An EXCELLENT ale aged in bourbon barrels. Can't wait to try the one aged in brandy barrels.

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

A: ruby brown ale with a finger of tan foam; left a vague sheen down the glass

S: lightly boozed fruits, sweet resin and brown sugar syrup; vague booze

T: dark fruits like date and fig, bourbon barrels contribute vanilla and wood; something herbal and leathery, hints of shellac

M: medium-light and smooth, slick and slim; slightly sticky finish with an elegant drying

O: an epic ale done right by bourbon barrel aging - pricy ($20+/bottle) but worth it for fans of the brew or bourbon barrels and old ales...

Photo of MattyG85
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version. Poured from a 500 ml corked bottle into a stemmed chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Small off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A nicely boozy and sweet malty aroma with big hints of bourbon, caramel, and biscuit. Upfront barrel presence with good hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, butterscotch, yeast, and slight roast. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Earthy and floral hop hints. Dark fruit hints of cherry, dates, raisin, and fig. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a boozy, bready, and sweet malty taste with big notes of bourbon, caramel, and biscuit. Big upfront barrel presence with boozy notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with notes of sweet caramel and toffee along with some biscuit, butterscotch, yeast, and subtle roast. Sweet taste of molasses along with brown sugar. Some earthy and floral hop notes come through. Nice dark fruit undertones of fig, cherry, raisin, and dates. A great complex boozy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation. Chewy, slick, and creamy. Has some alcohol heat as expected but it’s actually fairly smooth considering it’s 14%.

Overall: A really great take on a barrel aged stock ale. Big bourbon flavor with a great mix of toasty malt and dark fruit notes. Pricey but it arguable lives up to it.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome stuff. Drinks a litle hot with the bourbon, but still really good and has good balance.

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look like much as it pours a murky brown with an off white wispy head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, figs, plums, and countless other dark fruits. Flavor explodes with vanilla, bark, and booze. Delicious. Comes off a little hot, but I don't mind. I don't care for the base...I've tried and tried, but I just don't. But something magical happens when it hit barrels. Just a notch bellow the brandy version, but still fantastic.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. Draught served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown body. Head was creamy two fingers deep. Lacing was absent.

Smell: Bourbon, barley malt, wine-like.

Taste: Alcohol is present. Bourbon, brandy, barley malt, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and thick. If not for the alcohol it would be smooth.

Overall: For a strong ale it is good. Another one that could benefit from cellaring.

Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is all barrel. The high ratings are ridiculous. No nuance. You would be better off getting a bottle of cheap bourbon. Only for ABV and BA nerds.

Photo of Greasy
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Murky brown. 1.5 finger off white head makes a cameo appearance and quickly dissipates into nothingness.

S: Plenty of bourbon. Toffee. Hints of caramel.

T: Big bourbon flavor up front with hints of toffee and sweet malts in the middle.

M: Medium body. No alcohol bite for a 14.1% abv monster. Smooth finish.

O: Is it worth the hefty pricetag? Probably. It is so well made. Not exactly flying off the shelves like most limited release BA beers, so I'll probably grab another to cellar for a couple of years.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This a fine barrel aged product but not an excellent "old ale" as reflected in the many other reviews. It's late so I'll fill in the details in a few days from my notes.

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicious upgrade from your standard Old Stock Ale. The barrel aging really adds a couple of layers of delicious to this brew. My only real objection is the price. Still, I'm going to go out and buy another bottle or two on payday.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Cellar Reserve poured on tap at Corporate Draft and Brew in Baton Rouge.
A - murky ruby color with a thinly bubbled head. Not much lacing
S - toffee, caramel, spirits, a bit of butterscotch, deliciousness.
T - follows the nose with the toffee and booze coming through. Nice hop bite as well
M - smooth, velvety creaminess. Low carbonation.
O- this was a treat! I've loved Old Stock Ale but Cellar Reserve is a step above. So good!

Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique label info: 2013 Cellar Reserve version, ABV of 14.1%

Murky reddish-brown body with a thick, fluffy head. Rich caramel nose; toffee and dried nuts. Deep caramel sweetness; toffee; boozy; hint of bourbon; slowly developing hop bitterness at the finish. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

Malt forward with a slowly developing yet ultimately satisfying bourbon tinged finish. Bold, complex, and deeply satisying.

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