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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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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 210
Gots: 319 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dkw0063, May 14, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a rich dark copper color.

The aroma is wonderfully sweet of brown sugar and caramel with lots of sweet vanilla and bourbon.

The flavor follows with that caramel sweetness, but without much chewy qualities. The bourbon drives throughout and there also is an apple pie spice throughout.

There's a medium mouthfeel and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

A pleasant surprise as the beer has wonderful complexities and drinkability.

dar482, May 11, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Julio's a long time ago. 2009 Vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark very slightly murky chestnut hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades quickly to leave a thin thin halo and light wisps.

S - Aromas of caramel, malts, very light bourbon. Zero alcohol. Faint honey like aroma. Surprised at how faint it is.

T - Taste is Nice sweet malts, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, almost like a rolo candy due to the caramel and roast, the bourbon is incredibly mellow and smooth. Wish it was a bit more prominent but one must assume the age has done this.

M - Mouthfeel is almost sublime. Hardly any alcohol, faint carbonation, silky.

O - Overall, a solid old ale. May have waited a bit long on this one as the bourbon is awfully mild/mellow. Still, a tasty old ale though not quite worth the price. for the bottle size.

rudzud, May 09, 2014
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

iL0VEbeer, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

jamiecoppin, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

lonewolfcry, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

rab53, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

goalie33, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

IrishColonial, Apr 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

afsdan, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

nkeckhar, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

KAF, Mar 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

CaptainQ, Mar 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Swervine44, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

tbone1384, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

mpayne5, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

AlexChillton, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

tjfilippo, Mar 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

megamass, Feb 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

alamode, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

chrisp450, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

blindpiggie, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

MSandahl23, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Jonada
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. 500ml bottle served in a snifter

Apperance: Pours a murky red/brown color with less than a finger of a light tan head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. No lacing. Body is basically opaque. Not exactly a pretty beer, but that's not unexpected.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, some oxidation, port wine, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla extract. Still a nice punch of booze in the aroma after a few years of cellaring.

Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, sweet malt, dark fruit with a slight roast character in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but thinner than I was expecting (and hoping). Medium levels of fine carbonation. Still a sipper, but the aging has really mellowed this out.

Overall: An amazing beer. The barrel aging, and then further cellaring has done wonders for this. Super flavorful and complex, and while it still packs a nice boozy punch, it goes down smooth as hell. Mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker, but that's only a minor complaint. This could probably continue to age, but I can't imagine it'll get much better than it is now. Definitely trade for this one if you can.

Jonada, Jan 28, 2014
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.