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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
98
world-class

527 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 205
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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

csustar001, Jan 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Grant35, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

JMBSH, Dec 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

HKUSPC40, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

blkcld, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Denzo, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Jacob007, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

auroracrisis, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2009 vintage. Pours a dense very hazy dark ruby red color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a small lacing ring that lingers. Alcohol legs on the glass with no lacing; and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, caramel, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness; with some slight booze. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, coconut, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/bourbon flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic barrel aged old ale. All around great complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%

Reviewing the 2009 vintage, although I've had the 2005 on a few occasions as well. Served in a DryHop taster pint glass.

A - Surprising pop when I pulled out the cork. A finger of tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Dark amber-brown body that's largely opaque.

S - Lots of bourbon, brown sugar, and oak, with secondary notes of vanilla, red fruits, licorice, and a bit of chocolate. Still pretty boozy, even after two years of cellaring, but not excessively so for 13+%.

T - The taste is quite delicious, with a nice blend of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and more peripheral flavors of bourbon, oak, and both dark and red fruits. Alcohol is better hidden here. Not overly cloying, with good balance between barrel flavors and sweet malts. There's perhaps a faint note of smoke and light hints of raisin and toffee as well. Rich and complex.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, with some mild tannins and oak late on the palate and some mild warming alcohol as well. Pleasant, lower carbonation that is sufficiently lively for the style.

D - Drink 'em if you got 'em. Quite good, and probably not going to get any better. Whatever gains there are to be made in the aroma will probably be lost in the taste. Looking forward to the new brandy release.

MasterSki, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

jackmax, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

vrbulldog22, Oct 19, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -10.8%

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??

ThePorterSorter, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

scxcrunner, Oct 16, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

ms11781, Oct 13, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Dope, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mendvicdog, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

jayhunter357, Oct 07, 2013
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.