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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: 521
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 202
Gots: 320 | FT: 14
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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Photo of dbossman


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

A: Cloudy, dark brown with a foamy, quickly dissipating head and little lacing--very still

S: This has loads of bourbon, vanilla, oak coming through; sweet yummy maltiness

T: Bourbon, of course, but also dark fruits: cherry, plums, etc.; oaky with some vanilla; this is delicious and surprisingly simple

F: A touch thin but fairly nice medium body with a nice amount of carbonation--especially considering how still the beer looks

O: A boozy bourbon bomb but still warms you on a cold day--quite the beer

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:14:07 | More by dbossman
Photo of steve8robin


4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:30:25 | More by steve8robin
Photo of ChrisPro


4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle, 2009 batch.

After a long fight with the cork, managed to pop the top

A - Pours a clear dark ruby with some light tan bubbly head. Managed to get a finger's worth, but it dissipated quickly.

S - Bourbon definitely hits the nose, but not in an overpowering way. Some nice toffee aromas, along with caramel and big fig. This is a great complex nose

T - Very sweet rich caramel, then a nice balance of bitterness to just barely cut the sweetness. The bourbon lingers on the finish for a while leaving great vanilla.

M - Very sharp carbonation on the tongue. Actually feels thinner than regular old stock and I'd say medium body. A nice buttery slickness as well.

D - Hands down one of the best bourbon aged beers I've had. So well balanced and sickenly drinkable. This is incredibly drinkable and hard to not just gulp it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:13:08 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of cosmonick


4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-15-2013 02:28:09 | More by cosmonick
Photo of dkw0063


4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-14-2014 19:22:41 | More by dkw0063
Photo of vrbulldog22


4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

10-19-2013 07:38:31 | More by vrbulldog22
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

09-17-2013 00:32:01 | More by Anonymous1
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

05-09-2012 20:14:14 | More by theminutemen
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

10-07-2013 04:29:41 | More by jayhunter357
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 03:54:10 | More by IpeeA
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-27-2012 12:44:34 | More by e30todamax
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a large wine glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fizzy, popping light tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours a dark, semi-translucent red with many visible bubbles of carbonation climbing up the middle. Little to no lacing.

Smell: No effort required to take in a big, strong aroma from this beer. Bourbon, raisin, chocolate, toffee, and an interesting, uncanny aroma of birdseed. It smells like I could be in a pet shop or the grain section of a homebrew shop, and in both respects it smells comforting and good. The full, rich aroma of this beer only gets bigger (with some not unexpected booziness popping up after awhile) as the beer warms.

Taste: The first sip follows the smell almost exactly. Some rich, chocolate cake flavors quickly rise to the forefront. The bourbon influence reminds me of Bourbon County Stout.

Actually, a lot about this beer reminds me of Bourbon County Stout, all in good ways. The bourbon is deep but restrained; it doesn't feel like drinking bourbon flavored water like some BB aged beers, nor does it taste like drinking a spirit. In fact, the 13.16% ABV is felt only as a tiny solvent note in the finish and a long warmth in the chest.

After the bourbon, the flavors part ways with Bourbon County Stout, but match it in depth, complexity, and deliciousness. I can taste normal Old Stock underneath it all, with it's strong raisiny component, but there's so many more flavors, roasty and rich. The balancing act carried out by these bold, decadent flavors is outstanding.

Mouthfeel: At once on the light side of medium bodied but with a strong, creamy chewiness. For several sips it strikes me as distractingly overcarbonated, but the feel eventually balances out and is almost perfect. The "chewy" aspect of the feel never makes it all the way to "sticky". This is a bit hard to express, but it's a positive thing (it's not like peanut butter, it's like a thick but well-made chocolate cake--but light side of medium bodied... it's weird).

Drinkability: I normally keep price out of "drinkability", but paying $25 for a 500ml bottle makes me want to slam Old Stock Cellar Reserve for being so expensive... but I just can't. Frankly, I loved this beer. I was sad when it was done, and immediately wished I had bought more.

What can I say? $25 is just too much for a 500ml bottle of barrel aged old ale. There's no way around the fact that I would be significantly more comfortable paying $15 for this, and regardless of the cost to the brewery, I really can't condone the product. And yet... It's just so good.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 06:22:51 | More by Pahn
Photo of scottoale


4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again a big thanks to Skye for sending me this beauty of a beer. 2005 Cellar Reserve in a 375ml. brown cork-finished bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip a dark coppery-brown (almost rusty) with a 1/2" of tan bubbly and very short-lived head. Although the cork barely gave a pop when released, the carbonation was just fine for this brew. The brew settles still with no lace.

Big rich sweet malty nose with a heaping load of bourbon and oak pulling through. A great smell but seems to have a bit less depth in the nose than their brandy barreled version.

The flavor doesn't disappoint, but again I'm comparing it to their other version for reference. It's got plenty of your great BA qualities here, but it's not as smooth and blended like the brandy Old Stock. Big chewy malty base with molasses, prune, fig, raisen, licorice, vanilla, oak and an abundance of essence of bourbon. Very pronounced and with a bit of bite. Nothing that a little more age won't cure here. Overall, very very tasty...love these kind of brews immensely.

Sweet and strong yet balanced very well with it's medium chewy body and the pleasant warming finish. I could drink this stuff day in and day out, but it's potency and availability would never let this happen. Awesome brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 18:53:30 | More by scottoale
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-05-2014 04:46:11 | More by gueuzegossage
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

02-16-2014 03:43:18 | More by alamode
Photo of BostonHops


4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked & caged bottle served in a snifter.
2009 vintage.

FWIW, review #250.

pours a translucent chestnut/mahogany tone with ruby red highlights; yields a rapidly lapsing 1" foamy tan head. a bit of patchy lacing but really nothing to write home about on that front. nose though is fantastic; a no holds barred bourbon bomb - clearly the centerpiece here, with everything else being almost complementary. secondary notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses.

mmm, taste follows the nose well, imparting huge flavors of the bourbon, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, and a touch of molasses. wow, pretty amazing stuff... dare i say exceptional. the finish is a bit boozy but at north of 13% ABV i think that's got to be expected. medium plus bodied mouthfeel with carbonation that is slightly above average for the style.

overall this is a truly outstanding beer. fairly cost prohibitive at ~$24 for the 500ml bottle, but if you're looking for a special occasion brew, this one will not disappoint.

originally reviewed: 04-05-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 21:32:53 | More by BostonHops
Photo of Rempo


5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-20-2011 17:24:43 | More by Rempo
Photo of kirok1999


4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper with ruby hues. Slightly foamy on the pour and a slowly disappating thin head. No lacing and just a wisp of foam on the surface.
Smell is rich and complex, dark caramel, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits.
Taste is massive, bourbon notes at first, the alcohol comes on after the initial sweetness. There's a lot of chocolate in the finish that lingers for a long time. It's thick and rich, and there's a noticable amount of carbonation, even after over 20 minutes in the glass. This really needs to age a while. Right now the Brandy Barrel is better but after a year or two things may change.
This brew challenges you to take the smallest sips possible because there's so much flavor there. I've been working on it for over half an hour and I'm not half finished. Great Old Ale that will be better when it's older.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 02:50:20 | More by kirok1999
Photo of megamass

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7%

02-28-2014 02:58:37 | More by megamass
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-25-2013 01:16:24 | More by Tschnab
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-04-2014 02:09:06 | More by blindpiggie
Photo of Hophead717


3.38/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Dark, murky brown--caramel colored sort of. No real head, what's there quickly fizzes away.

S: Alcohol and vanilla dominate. Somewhat nice. Molasses also provides sweetness.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, some dark fruitiness (more as the beer warms), and wood. Meh.

M: Super carbonated. Distractingly so. Bubbles up into creaminess mid-sip, but by that point, things are ruined mouth-wise.

O: Okay, but not very special. Definitely not worth the high price.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:22:07 | More by Hophead717
Photo of AlexChillton


4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

03-09-2014 21:56:06 | More by AlexChillton
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


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

appearance: Formidable deep caramel with a frothy cream head on the pour that dissipates to almost zero. No lacing.
smell: There's the bourbon. Sweet molasses and vanilla. Pleasant and complex.
taste: Oh that's good. I love me some Old Stock and the barrel aging has turned it into a better version of itself.
mouthfeel: Full and satisfying.
drinkability: Like a musclebound and sophisticated nice guy. Very smooth and mellow for such a big beer. BTW, my 09' bottle has this at just over 13% (not the 14.6 listed here).
I was hoping this wouldn't be so good so I wouldn't have to shell at $20+ for more....

Edit - 1/20/13: Sadly, i'm drinking the last bottle I stored away. Upped the overall to a 5. Amazing brew. So, mellow after 2 years. Lots of discussion around this guy being overpriced but I figure it's comparable to a great bottle of wine and in comparison it's actually cheap.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:14:45 | More by cindyjeffsmith


5/5  rDev +12.6%

05-08-2014 21:26:18 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.