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

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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world-class

498 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%


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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SDDanC

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness tulip from bottle. Poured a thick copper color that is not translucent what so ever. Nose smells great, filled with vanilla, leather, bourbon, dar fruits and a little bit of malt. Taste is sweet, vanilla, and warming alcohol. Bourbon character is not intense whatsoever, but the presence adds a great edge. Caramel lingers. Mouthfeel is great, not very carbonated so it let's the flavors settle out and shine. But residual bubbles make it dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 07:01:17 | More by SDDanC
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heysuz

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 16.9 oz. poured into large snifter glasses.

Appearance: Dark rich mahogany color with a medium thick brown head and lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell: Pronounced bourbon smell with hints of toffee and vanilla. Pretty complex layered aroma. Very enticing. Given the hype of the high price point, the smell makes you eager to taste.

Taste: Malty with toffee notes and slight bittersweet chocolate. The strongest influence is the bourbon flavor but surprisingly no real alcohol taste, very crisp and clean. Definitely think this is the best attribute of the beer although it has an outstanding aroma too.

Mouthfeel: Clean strong flavor without an aftertaste that has a smooth almost creamy feel.

Drink: Even though it has a strong bourbon tone it is very easy to drink because of its clean and crisp flavor. I could easily drink a couple more.

Conclusion: Pricy but very enjoyable. While trying not to justify the cost, it is very clean, rich, dessert type ale rather than a football session chug-a-lug beer. Everyone should try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 13:42:23 | More by heysuz
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GradyS1

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a Oakquinox tasting glass. This one comes out a carmel brown in color. It has a seemingly light consistency and a finger of head that subsides quickly. Lacing of small bubbles remain on top and continue to climb the sides of the glass.

The smell is alcohol up front, This one is hot! Carmel comes through next in a big way with a finish of vanilla and a small amount of malts.

The taste is great. A lot of Carmel comes right from the start. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. From the smell i thought i was gonna be drinking a glass of bourbon with some ale added. You can taste some vanilla and oak at the end with a small amount of malts that help to balance it out.

M- Overall this is a medium bodied beer with a small amount of carbonation. For the style, this could almost be considered light bodied. This one is a smooth drinker for the high ABV.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and am glad I have another bottle. I like sweet beers, so this one works, it is like eating a piece of carmel with a glass of bourbon to wash it down. The only downfall, the 25$ price tag for 500ml, come on!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:56:29 | More by GradyS1
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JoeySchlitz

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split this with waltonc. Pours a rich golden brown with a frothy head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, carmel apple, more bourbon, cinnamon, and burnt brown sugar. The taste follows the smell and it reminds me of Anchor Our Barrel Ale, as it is overall a fairly 'light' barrel-aged barley-wine (or old ale depending on definition). Medium to lighter bodied with ample carbonation. Actually could stand to tone down the carbonation a bit, but after it sits in a snifter for a while gets to an ideal carbonation on its own. This is very drinkable, and unfortunately has a very high price tag. I wish NCBC would have priced this more appropriately, but they went that route and thus, I'll search out other more affordable barrel-aged beers for enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 08:37:41 | More by JoeySchlitz
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Swimsum

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage (released in 2010). Poured from the bottle into a NB globe

Poured out a deep ruby color with a thin bubbly head. When held to the light, the beer lights up into a bright ruby color. Slightly hazy but still a very nice looking body. Head eventually settles to be very thin, perhaps only a couple small bubbles in thickness. By the end of the glass, the head is all but gone. No lacing is present as the beer goes down the glass.

Tons of bourbon and vanilla. Some caramel shines through as well. As the beer warms up, alcohol heat begins to present itself in the smell but I was pretty much down to a couple sips left so it didn't bother me at all.

As with the smell, the bourbon and vanilla are the main flavors in this. However, there is no alcohol burn or taste at all, very well hidden. Caramel comes though at times in the finish of the beer for me. This really has taken on the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in because I really don't get any Old Stock at all in this. For me, I really like the bourbon sweetness that is present here, but it isn't overly complex. It may need some time for the bourbon to fade and let the other flavors develop.

Much lighter body than I was expecting. Carbonation isn't abnormally high, but the body is still rather thin (perhaps from the barrel aging). Since there isn't much alcohol heat, this goes down incredibly smooth and easy. Toward the very end, got a slight burn from the alcohol but nothing enough to make me change for score.

Overall, pretty drinkable. Really it was just a sweet bourbon beer. The alcohol was hidden well and if you really like bourbon you'll probably enjoy this beer. I wish it was a bit more complex but I'm hoping some time will help develop it more.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:33:07 | More by Swimsum
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Trappistlover for this tasty treat!

I hate to keep giving the beers I've been reviewing such high marks but they, to me, are all top notch beers. With that said her we go!

A: Somewhat murky ruby with a head that dissipates quickly.

S: Yup, that is a damn fine beer. Smells like bourbon and candy. Very sweet smelling but with a bit of bourbon.

T: WOW! This has to be one of the best beers I've tasted. Almost like a barleywine. Kind of reminds me of 09' Gratitude but with less citrus in the mix. Very pungent vanilla taste a bit of oak from the barrel as well. Strong but smooth bourbon and hint of the base beer but not so much.

O: For $25+ a bottle this better be amazing and it is! Worth trying once and buying another to age. Thanks again to Dave for this!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:55:06 | More by Alpar
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tjfinkle

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from a corked bottle poured into a tulip. Appears very thin for this style of beer. Dark brown in color with some light brown lacing.

The smell is very heavy of bourbon. Also some nice sweet toffee smells that balance out the boozy bourbon smell. The taste again is heavy of bourbon, balanced with a nice sweet aftertaste. Definitely on the boozy side, but I am a sucker for that. The mouth feel is nice, but I have to admit I prefer the old ales that have been bottle conditioned. The difference in carbonation is really where I notice the distinction.

Overall a very tasty drink. I am looking forward to seeing how this ages, and I am optimistic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 05:05:32 | More by tjfinkle
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Devi0us

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage poured into my trusted Tulip...

A- Pours a mucky brown color. Aggressive pour yields a 2 finger tawny head that vanished swiftly leaving no lacing whatsoever. What's intriguing is the longer this sits, the clearer it gets. Starts to look like Hennessy. I love me some Henny.

S- Right off the bat, you get an explosion of bourbon. Malts, bananas and caramel ease their way into the mixture. Did I mention Bourbon?

T- Tastes sweet up front but gives way to the burn. The alcohol heat may be too hot for some but it's right up my alley. Tastes alot better when it came close to room temp.

M- A decent amount of carbonation. Seems a bit thin to me.

O- This is definitely a sipper for sure. Im glad I was able to try this one but not worth the beefy price tag. 

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 07:51:31 | More by Devi0us
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marikoangel

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a bubble glass at Amsterdam in SF.

A: It pours a mud brown. Opaque and murky. There was maybe a 1/8in of head that dissipated almost immediately. No real lacing to speak of. A flat brown beer.

S: Intense and sweet. A huge blast of sweet rotting and candied fruit, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste is definitely different that I thought it would be. It's more stout-like with nice rich chocolate flavors, like milk chocolate with smaller hints of dark fruits, such as raisins. There is lots of vanilla, oak and light caramel, with a little toffee malts. It starts stronger and a little boozy, but quickly mellows out. Pleasantly complex.

M&O: It has a medium mouthfeel that's a bit oily and chewy. Overall it's super drinkable, almost to a fault. It doesn't taste like a 13% beer, it goes down too easily with no alcohol burn but with some boozy notes still. I'm definitely loving this one. It's the 2009 reserve and was one of three bottles left; so I'm happy I got a chance to try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:04:05 | More by marikoangel
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boMD

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Bailey's Taproom [2009 Batch]. I have to give a big thanks to JerrySievert for purchasing this bottle and then calling me over to get a pour into a Bailey's Snifter.

Poured a clear, burnt orange with a tiny, bubbly head that dissipate immediately. Looked like whiskey or apple juice.

Big boozy, bourbon, vanilla, malty aroma. Lower carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, not cloying in that sense. This had noticeably large amount of fruit flavors -- apples, apricots, dates, and cherries. Lots of malt sweetness, prominent whiskey alcohol kick, vanilla, turbinado sugar, toasted almonds, caramel/toffee and a pastry-like malt sweetness.

This would age quite gracefully. I have purchased one bottle for my cellar, I know it's extremely limited in Portland. But I feel another bottle would be great to be able to taste it in different aged stages.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 18:11:28 | More by boMD
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billzav

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This barley wine is a deep mahogany color, with appreciative notes of bourbon and sweet caramel complimented by dark fruit, peppery spices, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate in the backbone. There’s a rich oaky character from the barrel aging, and this wonderfully complex beer is velvety smooth from start to finish. Surprisingly, the considerable alcohol content isn’t too noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:01:02 | More by billzav
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JamesMcPolin

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Poured from the 500ml bottle into a clean goblet. It’s a nice mahogany-like brown in color. Pours with some head but quickly dissipates. Much more transparent than opaque when held to any light.

S: Wonderful bourbon aroma, spirits accompanied by oak and vanilla. Dried and candied dark fruits like raisins and prunes. Oh god that bourbon smell is just so good!

T: Sweet and malty, beautifully balanced by the alcohol, bourbon and oak flavors. The wood and malts impart a nice charred and roasted flavor. Also detecting a molasses like flavor maybe? Excellent and well rounded.

M: Not nearly as hefty as I might have expected. Surprisingly light actually. It’s got a clean velvety mouthfeeel with a warm tingle in the finish.

O: Great brew. Man I love bourbon barrel aging! Especially with 13% abv Old Ales and English-style Barleywines. So good I could sit here swirling it and smelling it all day. Only negative is the price point. I passed on picking up this brew for a long time just because it’s pretty cost prohibitive. But I finally got one for my birthday and would have to say that it earns a definite recommendation to try it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:06:33 | More by JamesMcPolin
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mikehblack

California

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a decadance tulip

A: Cabernet red, thin quickly dissapating halo of thin bubbles. Uncorked like a champagne bottle with a huge crack

S: Massive toffee and vannila, brown sugar sweetness and alcohol

T: Smooth. melding several flavors at once. Absolutely representative of the style. All of the nose is in the flavor but almost in unison. very warming on the finish.

M: Medium, tingles slightly betraying some light carbonation, medium body.

D: Not at this price, but I have to admit it is delicious. Not quite on par with 3F 08 Behemoth or Port's Farley but very good. As a high ABV Bal aged, it is not too overwhelming.

O:In protest, this may have been worthwhile for a few $ less and about 250ml more. I have reviewed the beer itself in an unbiased manner but as a side note to NC, I feel horribly ripped off. The high price for a small serving is not worth the asking price, it almost seems as if you are just seeing if you can get away with it. I will NEVER buy another bal-aged offering from NC if it is pakaged in the save serving at the same price... NEVER. The beer was good but insulting at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 05:54:02 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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phishisphunk

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark clay looking bottle, corked and caged, served at cellar temp into a sniffer. A nice presentation from the folks at North Coast. Definetly something different.

A: a vigorous pour yields a transparent deep ruby red/brown ale with a short lived off white three finger head. The head recedes quickly with zero lacing left on the glass. After letting this one sit, it presents like a cognac with no legs....thin with little to no carbonation.

S: the nose presents a a bouquet of booze, toffee, carmel, and vanilla with hints of wet oak and coconut. The barrel is evident but I don't think the base holds it up enough and I'm fairly unimpressed.

T: the taste follows the nose pretty well. Vanilla, hints of coconut, with a mild tart berry like finish as it passes through the palate. The heat from the booziness is evident, but integrated well.

M: the beer feels smooth and well rounded. This one leaves you with a feeling of warmth on the inside. Overall the beer is still pretty hot.

D: I'm certainly glad to have tried and shared this one as I enjoy barrel aged beers, but something about this one didn't work for me and the old ale style. The body is a bit thin, it's pretty boozy, and the base beer feels emmacerated by the barrel. Most importantly, the hefty pricetag won't soon entice me into buying another. This one will hold up for a bit in the bottle if looking to cellar. Drink it if you must.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 05:08:17 | More by phishisphunk
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vissai

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wowoweewow.
This one is worthy of my first review. split into 3 tulip glasses. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a kiss of creamy head. Smells intensly of vanilla and bourbon, lots and lots of vanilla in the nose. The firt sip blows you away, you can really see where the 18 months in bourbon barrels has shaped this brew. the taste follows the nose with tons of bourbon and vanilla and as it warms you get a beautiful caramel. Chewy, very very chewy. Feels like chewing a nice piece of caramel in fact. Slight alcohol sting in the back, but as it warms up it becomes alot more enjoyable. I could have easily finished the bottle by myself. It isnt cheap at $24 for 375ml but man its worth opening up when in the mood for something special.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:24:10 | More by vissai
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Sunhunters

California

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 500mL 2009 Reserve Bottle (corked w/cage) into Bordeaux-style stemware.

Appearance (3.0) - Deep amber, translucent. A dirty gold at the very edge when held at a steep angle in the glass. Thin, unimpressive head that dissipated immediately.

Smell (5.0) - The initial gasses that escaped as the cork came loose were yeasty and hot with alcohol. In the glass the aroma is still very boozy and warm, with an aggressive and unmistakable bourbon-ness. On the back side of the nose are subtler notes: sassafras, sugar cookie, plump golden raisin, cola... perhaps a tiny hint of very ripe banana bread.

Taste (5.0) - Semi-sweet, strong sweeps of raisin, molasses, Madagascar vanilla. Subtler notes of cola and sassafras (as in the aroma). The beer leaves the tongue bathed in a musty, sugary goodness that is forcefully reminiscent of dried Medjool dates. The boozy heat that held sway over the aroma is very diminished on the palate. The bourbon and oak influences are detectable, but only to a lesser degree, lending a good dollop of sweet grain and mild spice to the tail end of the flavor.

Mouthfeel (3.5) - The viscosity of the alcohol does little to augment the medium-thin body of this beer. Though big enough to satisfy, the body falls short of my expectations for such a deep, rich, and flavorful composition. The carbonation that was conspicuously absent in the pour is unpleasantly willing to show its face in the mouth. With mild agitation the beer becomes champagne-like on the tongue.

Overall (4.5) - The 2009 Old Stock Cellar Reserve loses points in my book due to its absent head in the glass, as well as its bizarre willingness to carbonate to excess in the mouth. Beyond that, this is one of the finest tasting and overall best strong (old) ales that I have ever enjoyed, and is certainly a world-class offering. My hat is off to North Coast for improving upon their already top-shelf Old Stock Ale. If you have a taste for strong ales, barrel aged ales, bourbon, or barley wines, then you are doing yourself a disservice if you haven't tried this magnificent beer. It is certainly worth the sticker price here in Cali (only $15.99 at my local booze-of-all-kinds-bazaar).

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 07:57:35 | More by Sunhunters
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Not much here. two finger head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing. Dark brown in color, amber when held up to light.

S- Exceptional. Vanilla and oak. Very earthy. The bourbon is not hiding.

T- Doesn't get much better. Candy sweet. Vanilla and biting. The booze is very present.

M- Lighter then I thought. Let it warm some.

D- A slow sipper for sure. The complexity makes you wish you had more to try, but one 375 ml bottle is more then enough for one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:49:19 | More by ZacharyJ
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Boonedoggle

Nebraska

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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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egrace84

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:10:41 | More by egrace84
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acceptmj

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:06:37 | More by acceptmj
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Kilonad

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was everything I was hoping that Utopias would be, only a lot more drinkable (and a heck of a lot cheaper). It's got a decent nose on it, similar to the Utopias (only with less soy sauce and far less alcohol), but it's far more drinkable. A truly fantastic brew, and well worth the ~$25 price it commands.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 15:29:35 | More by Kilonad
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CptBlackBeerd

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Release - 16.9 oz corked and caged bottle poured into an 8 oz snifter.

First of all the packaging is unique and beautiful with the khaki coated champagne bottle and red metal North Coast cork topper.

A - Appearance is dark rich mahogany with a short lived airy tan head. Little to no lacing.

S - Wow, barrel aging at its finest. Lots of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. It gives off great vapors and a very nice scent.

T - Absolutely delicious. Sweet malt with bourbon, toffee, crème Brule and some dark fruits. The alcohol is warming but so well masked that it is not overpowering. The long aging process really shows here in the complexity.

M - Nice smooth medium mouth feel, low carbonation, rich but with lightness not usually associated with such high apvs. And there's a pleasing slightly sticky finish.

D - Very, very drinkable considering its 13% apv. It is a sipper, but yes, it is worth the price of admission. I'm going to grab a few more before they disappear.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:43:22 | More by CptBlackBeerd
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GoatsUdder

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged edition is a winner! It pours as a full-bodied tawny ale, with a lightly rocky, but more creamy of a tan head. Your initial notes are of cider, but not a spiced cider more of that ripe apple scent you get standing under an apple tree in late October. Your first sip engulfs your pallet in a warm toffee apple with very slight hints of the ale's fresh form (that Toffee/Vanilla/Coffee vibe) but this early in the aging process you can already see how the ale has matured. The toasty marshmallow has rounded off into the toffee and the initial booziness has turned into that of ripe harvest fruits. It ends with a pleasant if noticeable warmth reminiscent of a bourbon spiked coffee on a foggy Mendocino morning.

I waxed poetic on this even further on my blog http://www.fugglybrew.com/2011/01/old-stock-cellar-reserve-2009-from-ncbc.html

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 00:47:37 | More by GoatsUdder
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Cremba


3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an underaged college student, with such a pricey beer, I had to steal this bottle from safeway. It was well worth the swoop! I really enjoyed the savory bourbon flavors. Everyone wanted a sip from this bottle but it wasn't available for sharing. I would definitely take this bottle from Safeway again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 23:13:51 | More by Cremba
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.