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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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world-class

525 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 204
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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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%

Bottle poured into Tulip.

A: A weird brown, almost purple hues are seen in this one, a very wild color. Almost no lacing or head at all.

S: Bourbon right away, sweet fruit, dark fruit, vanilla, wine, lots of stuff in this one.

T: Just like the nose, a mixture of bourbon, wine, chocolate, very crazy tasting but bourbon is most present.

M: Smooth but high amount of carbonation like white wine.

O: Took me a while to finish the bottle of this stuff, a very unique taste and special brew. I aged my bottle for two years was well worth it.

03-30-2012 19:59:07 | More by thedoubler55
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-29-2012 19:32:55 | More by ASUBeer
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ales4baldo

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-29-2012 03:15:53 | More by ales4baldo
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-26-2012 05:50:00 | More by wagenvolks
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Holland

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev 0%

A: pours a deep brown/orange and slight reddish color with a decent khaki head.

S: a bit boozy, but the balance of character is amazing. I can smell the dark fruits and excellent bourbon smells of vanilla, oak, and sweet caramel.

T: taste is much the same as the smell, with more focus on the bourbon, especially in the aftertaste. A bit alcoholic when it warms, but that's where the flavor really comes out.

M: medium carbonation and medium-heavy body makes this excellent tasting, adding to the burn of the bourbon and alcohol on the back end.

O: can't believe I let this sit on shelves for as long as I did. Excellent beer overall, even at $21 for a 330ml bottle or so.

03-15-2012 01:59:52 | More by Holland
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

2009 vintage

Caramel color and legs instead of lace. Some slight foam that subsides quickly.

Thick bourbony nose.

Magnificent richness, full of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and everything I might ever ask for. Super warming.

Nice and smooth, supports the powerful flavor.

This is fantastic, probably not worth the price, but pretty great. Excellent pairing with aged gouda.

03-11-2012 01:28:21 | More by zaphodchak
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

500mL corked and caged bottle to oversized snifter. 2009 Vintage. $26.00 for the single. Sampled 3/6/12.

A: One finger of light to medium brown head bubbles up quickly, settles into loose film, and fizzes away rather quickly. The body is a murky shade of dark chestnut brown and has the smallest degree of opacity. Semi active effervescence keeps the fizzy film and collar alive. A tilt of the glass reveals sluggish legs, but no lacing to stick.

S: The big bourbon presence impresses upon the nose first while rich malt aromas of rendered caramel and cookie lay the backdrop. Toasted toffee, toasted, dusted chocolate, mild earth and leather come through in the deepest layer.

T: While the nose was very good, the flavor is even better. The bourbon dimension remains a fixture yet the malt flavors are deeper and richer than the nose suggested. Excellent integration. As a bonus, buttery caramel and vanilla work their way onto the back end of the palate.

M: Medium bodied. And less viscous than I prefer. In fact, just a tad over-carbonated, but the bubbles keep the beer rolling swiftly over the tongue. The lightly biting carbonation is reminiscent of the finish of a jack and coke. And, of course, the flavor promotes this aspect as well.

O: Great beer, but damn, $26 for a 500mL bottle is steep. And very few beers are actually worth that price tag. Not having had this beer before, I was happy to make the purchase, but would be reluctant to make it a repeat unless it were in the $15 range.

03-07-2012 01:43:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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doughanson78

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-03-2012 06:43:15 | More by doughanson78
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stoutlover1978

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-27-2012 15:48:35 | More by stoutlover1978
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-21-2012 18:50:03 | More by John11486
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-19-2012 23:04:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-16-2012 00:57:17 | More by imperialking
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to me for this. I've always wanted to try it but the price was always a huge deterrent, finally bought one for myself for Christmas. 2009 vintage 500ml.

Cork comes off with a loud pop and some smoke, surprising. Pours dark red, some floating sediment but still translucent. Beige head quickly turns to a ring.

Kinda plain scent at first, improves alot with warmth, very deep caramel malts, cocoa, light bourbon.

Just like the scent, some warmth really opened this up. Lots of caramel and vanilla, light and extremely balanced bourbon and oak, some cocoa and dark fruit. You definitely feel that Old Stock base, really seems like it's drinking well at this point.

Very nice mouthfeel, extremely smooth, alcohol well-buried. A 500ml I think would be no problem solo.

Won't lie, this is a great beer, but it's hard to justify the price.

02-13-2012 17:24:13 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

2009 generously shared by Chico. Review from notes.

A- Dark red brown body poured into a pint glass with an unexpectedly large off white head The cap fizzes out fairly quickly and a cloud remains, not much lace.

S- Opens up with a pretty big deep caramel nose and some subdued whiskey and oak notes,  nice vanilla and sugar maple hints.

T- Intense raisin spice flavor builds with the classic old stock caramel backbone, bourbon and oak comes and goes but adds nice oak, whiskey and vanilla notes.

Mf- Surprising fizzy foamy high carbonation, oily and fairly warm.

Really opens with warmth, oak and Bourbon and caramel syrup, love old stock and with bourbon it's pretty awesome.

02-12-2012 17:14:29 | More by cbutova
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-12-2012 05:30:59 | More by claytong
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-09-2012 14:39:04 | More by SpillyBeers
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BoringBunny

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-09-2012 03:17:15 | More by BoringBunny
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etjoyce

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-04-2012 01:49:21 | More by etjoyce
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-01-2012 06:29:50 | More by chrispoint
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johnhenryconway


4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-26-2012 10:19:49 | More by johnhenryconway
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sftravis

South Dakota

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-22-2012 17:55:17 | More by sftravis
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JimmyW

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-22-2012 04:46:45 | More by JimmyW
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-22-2012 04:28:37 | More by towlea25
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dprophet

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-22-2012 00:17:44 | More by dprophet
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JGuill

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-18-2012 16:40:38 | More by JGuill
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.