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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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BA SCORE
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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 202
Gots: 322 | FT: 15
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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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-12-2012 03:00:34 | More by bespin15
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mikehblack

California

4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark hazy brown/red. Small off-white head quickly dissipates. Tons of alcohol on the glass.

S- Bourbon, raisins, vanilla. Some alcohol.

T- Vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toffee, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

M- Medium mouthfeel, hardly any alcohol burn. This beer is amazingly smooth.

O- I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it has definitely lived up to my expectations. Really shows how taking an already great beer and throwing it in a barrel yields phenomenal results. North Coast succeeds again with this bourbon barrel offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:41:30 | More by mikehblack
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crbooher

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-09-2012 19:00:51 | More by crbooher
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glid02

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Nebraska

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Vintage 2009 500mL into brandy snifter

Appearance: Pours a half finger head . It's a dark dark beatuiful red.

Smell: Smells of rich bourbon and sweet raisins.

Taste: Very smooth. There's a very slight burn from the bourbon barrels, but not overpowering. It's just enough mellow the beer and give that bourbon taste. Tastes of raisins and milk chocolate.

Mouth: A medium bodied beer. I say medium because I feel it should be heavier, but it's actually quite light.

Overall: This beer is very smooth. I imagine aging in bourbon barrels really mellows this beer out. I originally thought this was a 2011 brew, but after realizing it's 2009 the smoothness of the beer makes more sense. I imagine the alcohol and bourbon burn is more apparent for a young brew so a year or two in the cellar would do this beer a great deal of good.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:48:03 | More by Boonedoggle
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Love the bottle, too bad the price is so high.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a small off-white head forms, comprised of rather large bubbles, and dissipates rather quickly. Very thin lacing forms, but does not last.

S: Really great bourbon aroma, lots of vanilla and caramel. Slightly sweet with some brown sugar and a hints of wood.

T: Similar to the aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and some molasses. The bourbon comes through very nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied, but not overly thick. Drinks smooth.

O: A very nice beer, not hot or boozy. Like the BBL version much more than the regular version. Too bad the beer is so expensive. Love the cool bottle...but have to assume that it adds to the price..so why bother?

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 18:58:19 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-04-2012 01:36:47 | More by Beerontwowheels
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scottfrie

California

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into AVBC snifter. 2009.

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red with a couple fingers of rather fizzy head that bubbled away into a faint collar. Rather active carbonation in this one.
S: Big rich notes of bourbon barrel dominate followed by complex scents of raisins, toffee, butter, vanilla, and a hint of molasses and milk chocolate.
T: Follows the nose. This beer is fairly sweet but it goes well with the spicy and buttery bourbon character. Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate mix flawlessly with spicy barrel, vanilla, butter and molasses. This is one smooth and rich beer. Raisins and brown sugar bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is full of very mellow and smooth bourbon and vanilla. I get a few notes of dark fruits and vinous flavors as well.
M: Full body, thick, greasy, smooth and slightly warm mouthfeel, with full but soft carbonation.
O: Exceeded my expectations. The bourbon definitely adds another layer to the complexity of the flavor. Thing was well worth the exuberant price.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:02:55 | More by scottfrie
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-02-2012 21:56:38 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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smibroncos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-02-2012 21:06:48 | More by smibroncos
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried as a head-to-head with 2011 ordinary Old Stock.

Pours a very dark brown-red colour, little bit of cloud. Head is non-existent, really, just a rim of bubbles with mild cloud and a small bit of lace. Looks heavy, but lacklustre in all the important ways.

Massively sweet and nutty, with an effect I didn't think was possible- sharp coconut. It's coconut so pungent it assaults your olfactory in an almost spicy way, balanced with some coriander maybe? Pepper, vanilla and peanut brittle on there as well, but that coconut is iconoclastic. It makes me rethink what bourbon-ageing can do.

Taste is an impressive - for the most part - sweetness that burgeons with caramel toffee, pecan and some rye notes. Bourbony coconut comes through midway and really invades the late-mid with a hot booze that dried up on the finish, palate-wise. Kind of ends like a manufactured spirit, with the natural flavours getting soaked up by a black hole of booze, although a pinch of that coconut lingers. I don't mind it, but it's a bit hot and just short on the palate; would have liked more exploration of the complexities.

Big and full but that hot booze is a constant companion, from start to finish.

A bit too big for the container - let's just say I can see cellulite hanging out the hotpants of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:47:42 | More by laituegonflable
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rhhjr

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-02-2012 04:25:21 | More by rhhjr
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-01-2012 15:25:13 | More by Casterbridge
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emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-01-2012 05:32:56 | More by emdawg
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-31-2011 04:29:44 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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jeffjeff1

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a week or two ago.

Appearance- reddish brown color, thick head that dissipated quickly like soda

Smell- strong aroma of bourbon

Taste- bourbon flavor mostly, definitely reminds me of whiskey

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth, highly carbonated

Drinkability- I thought it was very good but the bourbon smell was a little too strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:35:01 | More by jeffjeff1
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2011 20:23:43 | More by lightindarkness
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mthomas84

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-28-2011 17:08:25 | More by mthomas84
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gbbass16

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-24-2011 17:44:23 | More by gbbass16
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

12-24-2011 00:15:48 | More by jophish17
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml caged and corked bottle, 2009 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with about an inch tan cola-like head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like dark fruit, caramel, toffee, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nuts, molasses and a bit of brandy. There's also a long lasting sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. It's pricey ($23.99 a bottle), but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:01:55 | More by bluejacket74
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition, purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney, and shared with @LaitueGonflable comparing it to the 2011 regular Old Stock Ale.

Pours a pleasant deep and slightly hazed red-brown hue, deep like mahogany. Head forms solidly at first, giving a crown of gauzy beige bubbles on the top of the glass, but this settles out to a ring above the thick, toffee-like body. Gelatinously thick in the glass, but very little carbonation, meaning it doesn't effervesce pleasantly when tilted. In all other respects though, it's a very good looking beer.

Nose is spectacularly gorgeous, bringing to bear all the best things about a development in bourbon barrels. Big, smooth, rich sweetness with fragrances of vanilla and toffee. This is balanced by a slight redolent boozy quality, that never gets to sharp or astringent, but adds its potency to the mix, allowing a build up of other complexities. Deep, sweet, luscious. It's a phenomenally good nose.

Taste is similar, with big oaky characters giving vanilla and smoothness, and surprisingly adding very little tannin. The flavours are themselves exceptionally smooth, even though the feel is prickled with a touch of the booziness and a slight fine carbonation. This pleasantly cleans out the palate, without ever compromising the rich sweetness.

Absolutely gorgeous beer, and head and shoulders above the regular edition. This has mellowed, added complexity and integration in equal measures. It leaves it smooth, supple and seductive. This is one sexy fucking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 09:14:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GimmeGumballHead

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-20-2011 16:46:48 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-19-2011 23:12:55 | More by GRG1313
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Jules11788

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-19-2011 08:22:33 | More by Jules11788
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.