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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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709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 244
Gots: 398 | FT: 32
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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Ratings: 709 | Reviews: 308
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a date colored murky dark brown with no head and very little visible carbonation or sediment. The nose is potent bourbon caramelized sugars upfront, some dark dried fruits, tobacco, and muddled booziness when it warms. The taste is subtle bourbon, sweet sugar, but definitely on the dry end compared to where a stout or barleywine would be. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, thinner than expected, with good carbonation and a lingering sticky bourbon after burn. This is a solid beer, worth trying, but why the $30 price tag??

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ms11781
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 10/12/2013. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, murky brown with reddish hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. At first the pour seems like this is going to be heavily carbonated as it produces a lively head and good amount of fizz. Both the head and the fizz disappear immediately, leaving no lacing and no sign of carbonation.

The nose is somewhat sweet and full of bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits. None are overpowering and none really stick out more than the others but they are all there. The combination of aromas makes for an exceptional nose. Really nice.

The taste is a step up from the nose. Still a bit sweet but full of huge vanilla notes, along with some toffee and caramel. There are also huge dark fruits notes along with big bourbon and some wood. The is really outstanding.

Four years has smoothed this beer out incredibly. There is a slight burn but that probably more because the ABV is 13+% than anything the bourbon is bringing. The carbonation is low and the body is big, not huge, leaving to a heavy mouthfeel that goes perfectly with the flavors.

This beer is exceptional. I didn't have it fresh (which I guess was already 2 years old) but I'd imagine it has mellowed if it's this smooth now. The aromas and flavors are well integrated and are a great point right now. I can't imagine it'd get better than it is now but I also don't think a few more years will make it terrible.

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 batch.

A: Murky brown pour with a fizzy, soda-like light brown head. Head fades out very quickly with zero lacing and almost no retention.

S: Heavy bourbon. Caramel and LOADED to the gills with dark fruits. Heavy fig, raisin, prunes. Smells more like pure bourbon or even brandy for that matter. Sharp booziness.

T: Again with the heavy bourbon. Not nearly as boozy as the aroma but still strong. Lots of toffee, loaded to the gills from start to finish. Brown sugar and caramel sweetens everything but the toffee really shines. Dark fruits are heavy too, more raisin and fig. Sweet vanilla everywhere, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Notable oakiness in the finish and lingering for a long time between sips.

M: Very low carbonation and very heavy bodied. Thick.

O: Very interesting barrel aged old ale. It has held up well for the past 4-5 years. Very sweet, very heavy due to a high ABV and low carbonation. A sipper for sure. Luckily this is only a 16.9 ounce bottle, it would be tough to drink a 750 of this stuff (are you listening, Bruery?). Dessert beer for sure. Not far from drinking pure spirits, I wish the Old Ale aspect stood out a little more, even after the years this one's barrel presence is a bit overpowering. Maybe it just needs a few more years to balance out. I enjoyed it a lot but couldn't give it the higher scores that are typical.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stored for four years under poor conditions.

Appearance:
Pours very light head that dissipates immediately. .The beer is a deep reddish brown that is opaque. Just looking at the beer gives the impression that it's going to be a bit thick to drink. The alcohol is very visible on the glass even though the beer does not leave any lacing.

Smell:
A heavy vanilla smell that dominates any other smell that might be there. The other smell are fruits like dried peach and possibly dried out plum or at least some sort of dark fruit with a hint of alcohol. (Warning: Cellaring this for four years and then sniffing it will get you drunk.).

Taste:
A heavy vanilla presence with a bit of coconut and a sweet malt taste. Very few words can describe how sweet and delicious this beer is. The tongue is completely dominated by sweet malts that stay with you afterwards.

Mouthfeel:
Light but biting carbonation and heavy bodied beer. The beer has a thickness to it that is similar to some of the stronger bourbon aged imperial stouts but not as syrupy. Silky.

Overall:
An absolutely wonderful beer that has aged well over the past four years.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep red brownish color. Head fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits.

T: Follows the nose with the addition of a tiny bit of coconut. Malty goodness. This is heavenly.

M: Medium bodied and silky smooth. The sweetness of it lingers and I wish it never left me.

O: Worth the high price charged and could probably be cellared a few more years, but doesn't need to be. Bottle is attractive you can tell that North Coast is proud of this beauty. Definitely a good purchase.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this for a special occasion, so I enjoyed it with great anticipation.

A: Pours a murky, muggy brown with dark muddy ruby tinges on the edge of the glass. The head is expectably very minimal- just fizzes away within' seconds. Not the best looking beer - looks more like dirty murky brandy.

S: HUGE vanilla and coconut, caramelized/burnt brown sugar, gooey boozy caramel and raisins. There are more dark fruit notes of prunes and cherry juice that sit below the assault of boozy sweetness. Given this beer has been aging in the bottle for 2 years it's surprising how hot it still is and the booziness does get in the way some.

T: Just as big and boozy as the aroma. Rich, decadent, gooey caramel and booze soaked fruits. Sweet vanilla and some coconut as well as hints of oak. Very sweet but it balances out the abv well, though still pretty hot. Very intense

P: At first way over carbonated, but with some vigorous swirls of the glass it yields a near perfect body. Not incredibly viscous - fuller side of medium. Very smooth, allows the intense flavors to be enhanced and coats your mouth.

O: This is a stunning creation. Reminds me of the Bruery anniversary beers, but certainly it's own creation. Certainly not falling off at all, I imagine this one could cellar for another 5 years at least.

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