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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: 615
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 235
Gots: 359 | FT: 18
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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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.38/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from BOLTZ9555 in a recent trade. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Note: Drunk right after a 2007 bottle of the base beer

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, fizzy, off-white or cream colored head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a ring only. Seal brown body, a touch darker than the base, and no carbonation evident. No real head remains and looks somewhat flat by the end.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak on the nose. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar as well, with hints of milk chocolate. The barrel plays a leading roll here for sure. Base beer is there and competes well with the barrel.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and caramel sweetness, with vanilla and milk chocolate flavors as well. Lots of barrel again after the swallow, though the chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors hold their own against the strong bourbon oak barrels. Very flavorful, bold and lingering finish on this one.

PALATE: Huge disappointment here. Thin body and very light on the palate. Higher levels of prickly carbonation, goes down rough and finishes somewhat sticky. A scratch at the swallow and some big heat lingers.

OVERALL: Too bad the palat was so lousy, as it really didn't support the flavors like it needed to. The base beer wasn't killed by the barrels in this one, but the palate just couldn't bring everything into harmony. The look really suffered here as well, with an unatractive and fizzy head making a lousy first impression. I'd much rather have the 2007 base beer again, though if they carbonated this one right, it'd be really nice.

Photo of Treebs
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of azdback
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle from matttYCE (or Centennial) poured into a Bruery tulip. Dark brown or caramel color. Highlights aren't giving up much light either. Head was a pretty bright white, spritzy one finger that receded rather quickly. Lace doesn't exist as a beer lace but more as a wine lace of alcohol oils but that is to be expected at 13+%.

Nose is fantastic. Barrel is first with it's vanilla, charred wood, sweet bourbon and then comes the other great dark roasted flavors. A bit of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate, tart fruit and of course some alcohol. Just draw dropping.

Taste is sweet, caramelized sugar or caramel cubes, some vanilla and charred oak, green apple jolly rancher. The barrel is there but in a much more subtle way. The alcohol is masked very well. There is just a bit of the 13% there but very minimal. The aftertaste is on the tart side, fruit roll ups maybe?

Mouth is rich but light. Carbonation is light as well with a medium body and a pretty long and wet finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I had initially turned down buying this because of it's price tag but great traders, matttYCE and Centennial both sent be a bottle as an extra (don't know who's I just drank). Even after receiving this for free it still took me almost a year to finally crack it. It was well worth the wait. If you have the chance to trade for this or just pick it up off the shelf do it, you won't regret it.

Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, opened in September 2012.

A - Loose, soda-like, khaki head settles quickly into a medium halo leaving trace amounts of lace. Cherry wood body.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, light booze, old wood, raisin, vanilla extract, toffee, butter scotch.

T - Milk chocolate, raisins, plum, soft boozy oak, cherry cordial, toffee, caramel, pumpernickel bread.

M - Full body, incredibly smooth, appropriately low carbonation, and nice staying power.

O - Great age. The integration, complexity, booze, and fruit are spot on.

Photo of coreymcafee
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jdmandel
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of arizcards
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500ml caged and corked bottle from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa in late March for 15.99. Thought it would be appropriate for review 1000.

Brew poured a reddish-brown into my tulip with a bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak, and dark fruits.

Taste is sweet, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and charred oak.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty smackable rendition of Old Stock. The bourbon was very warming on the initial sip but as it warms the complexities from all of the flavors shine thru. Glad i splurged! Give it a shot if you got the coin and like the style!

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours an semi-opaque ruby red / brown color. The head dissipates rather quickly to nothing, so there is no lacing present.

Smell – Lots of bourbon, with light caramel, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Taste – Mainly bourbon. Also some oak, and a bit of maltiness.

Mouthfeel – A light carbonation, a slight bourbon burn, and a little too much bourbon in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – A fairly decent bourbon beer. As previously mentioned, just a little too much bourbon aftertaste.

Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly-deep brown color with an initially spritzy head that immediately fizzled down to nothing almost soda-like.

Aromas begin with strong, smooth bourbon. Tons of sweet vanilla, wood, and caramel. The sweetness is actually quite intense. Perhaps some brown sugar is there as well, but the focus is definitely the barrel.

The tastes begin with boozy bourbon along with some caramel, molasses and a hint of burnt brown sugar. Light vanilla there as well, but the bourbon dominates the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Finish is a tad boozy and sweet.

Overall I cannot call this a winner in my book only because it is a bourbon bomb still after 3 years. The base beer is such a solid offering that the barrel aging totally dominates the flavor profile. The base Old Stock only acts as a canvas for the bourbon; with so much bourbon flavor, I could just drink bourbon, especially for the elevated cost/small quantity of this brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of egrace84
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sexy caramel/cola look to it. Poured aggressively and the head's gone before ya know it.

S: Smell is phenominal! Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, molasses, these are the things dreams are made of.

T: Taste follows the nose very closely in my opinion, but the bourbon makes its presence well known.

M: Light to medium bodied w/ the right amount of carbonation.

O: It's been a pleasure to drink this wonderful old ale. When done right, old ales are in my top favorite style to drink, and this beer does not disappoint. The only downfall to this beer is its price point, but we all need to treat ourselves sometimes. Find this one and enjoy.

Photo of acceptmj
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice maroon caramel color very small head from pour.

S: smell a slight maple.

T: had a strong maple flavor a little malty as well. you can taste the alcohol but its not overbearing and dissipates quickly.

M: light to medium body

O: had this with a friend both liked it very much worth the $23 i paid. almost reminds me of a Samuel Adams Utopias except a little watered down in flavor. def pick this up

Photo of eawolff99
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (2009) into a snifter. Pours a rich mahogany w/ a crackling 1-finger head that dissipates almost immediately. Looks almost still but there's some pretty good carbonation rising from the bottom.

Aroma is buttery rich vanilla, molasses, toffee, caramel malt, dark fermented fruit, warm booze. Just about every ooey gooey sticky substance you can think of is in here. A nice oak presence as well.

Taste is also rich, smooth, thick, chewy. Dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, sticky caramel, bourbon, oak. Alcohol numbs the tongue, warms the throat. This is a sipper if I've ever had one.

Mouthfeel of course is thick, coating, sticky. Just right for a beer this concentrated and intense.

Overall, this is about what I was expecting/hoping for. Layers of richness and complexity, hopefully only enhanced by 3 years in the bottle. Not an everyday beer by any stretch but a tasty, decadent treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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