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

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

497 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%


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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nickd717

California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle shared by dbuckingham at a beer event I held in SF to celebrate my liver surviving another year (not taking that for granted!). Huge thanks to David for this awesomeness.

Pours clear medium brown with a small tan head that fades.

Aroma is awesome - caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. This is a great base beer that really stands up well to the barrel aging.

Flavor is sweet and bourbony with spice. Caramel malt and toffee are huge in this one, and you get some oak/vanilla from the barrel, as well as maybe some sherry.

Smooth and medium-full on the palate with low carbonation, which is appropriate in this beer.

Really excellent overall. Just as good as the brandy version. Going to have to make the trip up the next time they release this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 18:08:44 | More by nickd717
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tpd975

Florida

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the one and only daknole.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a small tan head. Light retention with some legs.

S: Aromas of sweet malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Lots of dark fruit, and sweet candy malts. The barrel melds perfectly. Light oak, sweet sweet vanilla, and the perfect amount of bourbon.

M: Fairly full in body, smooth, light on the carbonation.

D: Very I am honored to have tried this one Dakine!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 17:56:17 | More by tpd975
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for picking this up for me several years ago.

A: The cork opened with little fanfare. Poured into a snifter, the old ale is dark, nearly black. A tan colored head of nearly half a finger boldly bubbled up on pour before disappearing quickly.

S: The bourbon is intensely strong. Heavy notes of vanilla, brown sugar and wood provide one hell of a punch. Caramel and darker malt aromas also come through.

T: The old ale is incredible. Bourbon flavors leap off the page with each sip. Dark sugars, vanilla and brown sugar all scream bourbon barrel. The flavors are intense and concentrated, completing integrated into the old ale. Caramel and darker malts, along with mild hops, mark the old ale aspect. Those flavors are nicely interwoven with the bourbon. A thick sweetness arises near the end of each sip, caramel and bourbon, what a way to end each sip!

M: Smooth bourbon, treacly caramel, extended time in a barrel. A triple threat that leaves me begging for more.

D: I'd never guess that this is almost 15%. The bourbon barrel has imparted one wicked flavor on the ale. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:41:42 | More by akorsak
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largadeer

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition:

Tawny in color, dense and oily, this beer appears to have a bit more carbonation than the brandy barrel version, though the head still recedes quickly. The nose is surprisingly hot despite having several years of age on it, but beneath the heat there's a lot of complexity; turbinado sugar, leather, spicy oak and boozy, caramelly bourbon. Alcohol and rich caramel hit the palate first, but it dries up a bit, allowing leather, tobacco, vanilla and fruit to come to the forefront before finishing with a resurgence of heat, tannins and caramel. Delicious stuff, though I prefer the brandy barrel version.

2009:

Dark brown, perfectly clear. Has a very pristine, filtered appearance. Pours with two fingers of fleeting tan head. Mellower than the '05, but less complex. Heavy on the oak and bourbon, feels a bit refined, but still quite good. This doesn't touch the 2005 Brandy Barrel Old Stock, but it's a good beer all the same. Probably more of an A- beer; my scores reflect the original 2005 bottling.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:38:26 | More by largadeer
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HopHead84

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a one finger off white head. The reddish tinge is highlighted when held to light. The head recedes after a minute. This apparently has more carbonation than its brandy brother. The legs might even be better on this than on the other, despite the lesser ABV.

There's lots of toffee in the nose, with equally strong caramel. The bourbon is unmistakable. Vanilla is noticeable, and oak is in the background. The heat is much more noticeable here than it was in the brandy version. Dried and dark fruits are apparent, with lots of brown sugar.

The taste is brown sugar with boozy toffee and caramel. I'm surprised the heat is so strong on this 2005 beer. I thought it would be pretty mellow with nearly 4 years on it. This is much hotter than the brandy barrel. Some vanilla is noticeable, with some dark fruits and figs. There's a lot of bourbon in the flavor, which is awesome. The finish is strong with toffee and lingering brown sugar.

The beer is medium bodied. The carbonation is low, but it's a little higher than the brandy version. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with some viscosity. This is an excellent beer, though very hot.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 17:55:09 | More by HopHead84
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 375ml bottle because I won a raffle contributing to a very worthy cause. The generous and inspiring BA that is behind all this? Tayner. Thanks Dana!

It's caged an corked and has some blue tape wrapped around the C&C.

A light pop when I removed the cork, it pours a realy dark brown, looked a colour of rust when pouring, with a 1 finger head of off white foam.

The smell is really nice. I smell some big notes of bourbon and caramel malt that bring a lot of sweetness but no really alcohol tones. Yeah, this is a *big* brew weighing in at an intimidating 14.6%abv but it doesn't come close to smelling boozy for how strong it is.

The taste is the...Wow! Bourbon and cararmel malt working in perfect unison. Some dark fruitiness follows, some toffee, a bit of chocolate like sweetness in the flavour, some spiciness but it is very light, no bitterness that I can detect....and yeah, quite a bit of warming from the alcohol but mostly after the swallow where it needs to be. The foam has disappeared now except for a ring around the glass but I'm more into tasting and enjoying this sucker than looking at it. What an Old Ale! I know I'll be sad when the last drop hits my gullet.

It has a medium body with light carbonation and it finishes with a nice last hit of bourbon goodness.

Drinkability? The abv will hold it back some but...really...for a beer this strong, I'm very impressed with how easy it goes down. North Coast, what can I say? Other than I love this brew! And to Tayner....thanks so much for the opportunity. If there's a brew you'd like to try, send me a BM and I'll do my best to find it for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 17:36:47 | More by Bitterbill
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scottoale

California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
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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gford217

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this gem in a trade with Solomon420 a few months back. 375mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark hazy caramel brown with a small cream-colored head that hangs around as a decent collar for a while and doesn't leave much lacing.

The first aroma out of the bottle was the bourbon which remained the dominant smell throughout. There are plenty of other things in the nose with some caramel sweetness, figs, raisins and molasses. On top of all that is the vanilla from the barrel.

The taste followed the aroma but with more of the underlying beer coming out. The sugary sweetness comes out more aggressively and the bourbon plays a more supporting role (which is a positive for me).

The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and medium bodied with minimal carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn through the finish.

This is a great, great beer and very drinkable given the ABV. A (very) small notch below the Brandy Barrel, but that's pretty good company. Big thanks to Damian for sharing this rarity.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:30:15 | More by gford217
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky ruby with maraschino cherry highlights when the glass is backlit with weak sunshine. Too bad the khaki colored crown fizzed away to near nothing inside of several minutes. The only thing left is a thin rim of bubbles along the circumference of the laceless snifter. Barrel-aged beer can often look like this, so I won't be too harsh.

The nose is an omen that good things await on the taste buds. Possibly even great things. The beer smells like Jamaican dark rum at least as much as it smells like bourbon whiskey. It features the molasses of the former and the caramelized sugar, vanilla and toasted oak of the latter. The power is unquestioned, but more depth is needed for a bigger score to be considered. Not surprisingly, that depth arrives once the beer loses its slight starting chill.

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Bourbon Barrel) is the quintessential slow sipper of a high-powered old ale. I now wish that I had reviewed one of the several Old Stock vintages currently in my cellar to see what the barrel aging added. Or possibly subtracted, as that also sometimes happens when beer is aged in liquor barrels.

There's quite a bit of overlap between the two styles, but this could also be considered an English barleywine. It's malt-dominant, is relatively light of body, and the ingredients are all imported from England (Maris Otter malt, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops). On second thought, there may be more hoppiness than most British brewers would be comfortable with.

Flavors include dark toffee, dark butterscotch, bourbon-soaked raisins, crushed vanilla beans, a shot of blackstrap molasses and a double shot of tawny port. The beer's vinousness is as wonderful as it is unexpected... and I just got ouzo with that last sip. It's too bad the bottle only contains 375 ml because it's difficult to get one's palate around this much complexity given slightly more than 12 ounces of beer.

I've decided to bump the mouthfeel score up a notch because it improves a little with warming. Even though it's no more than light-medium for the style, there's a hint of oily viscosity on the finish that is, again, reminiscent of an aged port. Once a few minutes of light fizziness have passed, the carbonation is appropriately sedate.

Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve (Bourbon Barrel) is great beer. Though I much prefer bourbon whiskey to brandy, I'm sure that Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Brandy Barrel) is outstanding as well. The neck label indicates that this offering is part of the 'American Artisan Series'. That's North Coast Brewing in a nutshell: American artisans.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 21:56:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Crosling

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze colored beer. Very nice aroma showcases notes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, maple and sweet bourbon. Flavor is very complex, but still a touch hot and slightly too bourbon accented. Still has some serious malt depth to it, with notes of melted caramel, chocolate, cocoa and toffee. Very nice natural carbonation. These BA Old Stocks are beauties.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:19:11 | More by Crosling
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Overlord

California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jwolfie70 for his incredible generosity over the weekend. Had a chance to sample this along with some other rare brews, as he cracked open his cellar (it took some cracking) to break out some of his Cable Car, Cuvee de Tomme, and other delicacies.

Pours a surprisingly thin looking dark brown with a small deep tan head that quickly vanished. I'll be frank: not an appealing looking beer.

Thankfully, it smells and tastes a lot better than it looks. The bourbon is very well integrated. Frankly, it puts some other offerings I've had recently to shame. Vanilla, wood, and the earthy bourbon-ity are in the head and the flavor right from the get-go. Sweet malt and a dark fruit background make for a truly great beer (though it's definitely a sipper).

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 06:33:31 | More by Overlord
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JDV

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours a rich brownish color with a haze. Smell is sweet, fruity, and smooth bourbon with vanilla and hints of oak. Nice complex, delicious smell. Taste is oaky and bourbony with a great balance of hops and malt. Not overly strong flavored with sweet malt and really tasty. Warming alcohol, but not obtrusive in the least for me. This stuff is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:43:03 | More by JDV
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Floydster

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle ordered and shipped from the brewery over the telephone for about ten dollars, poured into a pint glass

A-Deep mahogany brown color, small 1/4 inch vanilla colored head, went away pretty quickly which is what I was expecting anyways, not much retention, only a hint of lacing at the very beginning

S-Bourbon that was not overwhelming but more subtle than you might think, sweet vanilla, lots of oak, good amount of caramel, toffee, black cherries, a slight scent of coffee oddly, booze, milk chocolate, and other dark fruits

T-The bourbon made a complex beer even more complex, thankfully it did not take over though, it just added richness to certain characteristics and added some sweet and spicy notes, started off with a caramel malt taste, hint of bread in the middle but mostly toffee and vanilla, finish was spicy with sweeter whiskey and not the overly burning kind, one beer that really changed by being in the barrel without having that component completely take it over, even more balanced now, not overly sweet or hot anymore, very enjoyable

M-Spicy, smooth, sweet, and inviting mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation, tons of small bubbles the entire time through surprisingly, medium body which was impressive after being in a barrel but it is thick normally, taste lingered quite some time

D-For almost fifteen percent this brew goes down like water, alcohol is hidden so well, light on the stomach, smooth as can be and only warm going down, whole bottle was easy to drink even though I certainly felt it afterwards

This beer was phenomenal and I was not expecting it to be this good, standard Old Stock from past years was not that great the first few times I had it but the barrel aged version is a whole different story, I usually prefer brandy barreled stuff more and I cannot wait to open that bottle in a few weeks, would drink again in a second, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 18:00:27 | More by Floydster
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SacoDeToro

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby copper with a small dense off-white head.

The aroma was full of medium dried fruits, heavy caramel and vanilla with bourbon accents. There was a noticable alcohol presense.

The flavor of the beer had intense caramel and vanilla flavors and rich maltiness that coated the mouth. The hops had a slightly earthy character and balanceed things nicely. The bourbon came through well and blended nicely with the other components of the beer. Some faint woody oak came through in the finish as well.

The body was full and the mouthfeel was slightly viscous and creamy. The alcohol was noticeable, but for a beer that's nearly 15%, this was amazingly drinkable.

This beer has an array of well-integrated flavors, but it didn't seem to match the complexity and magic that I found in the brandy barrel version. Still, this is an amazing beer and certainly one of the best offerings from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 15:01:02 | More by SacoDeToro
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly murky brown in color with amber hues, an average size light tan head fades quickly. Fairly still after that even when agitated in the glass. Outstanding aroma of rich aged maltiness, prunes and raisins mix with a bourbony alcohol warmth. Great leather qualities in the nose when agitated along with some dry woodiness. Taste is a nice soft sugary caramel and toffee flavor up front with a decent amount of sweet vanilla before a decently dry and woody finish that shows its alcohol strength. Mouthfeel is medium in body, a little sweet stickiness on the lips, and a slight bite on the tongue followed by the warmth of alcohol. Great beer, outstanding aroma, alcohol shows itself but in the right proportion, pretty balanced for 14.6. I could spend a fortune on this if this were available on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:59:48 | More by hoppymeal
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to kirok1999 for this brew! 2005 vintage.

A - cloudy dark reddish brown with a slight offwhite head.
S - intoxicatingly rich caramel, dark ripe fruits, slight bourbon and oak with an alcohol warmth.
T - vinous sweet malts combine with a light oak, vanilla bourbon note.
M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, mouthwarming.
D - dangerously drinkable. A sipper to be sure but smooth and oh so approachable.

I love the bottle, I loved this beer. Time has served this quite well and while I was apprehensive reading this as 14.6% abv, I am quite happy to note it drinks much lighter.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 19:14:54 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. 14.6% ABV. Cloudy, chestnut color. Thin tan head disappears immediately.

Bourbon, oaky aroma. A bit of vanilla, figs, dates and caramel. A whiff of alcohol as well. Nice aroma.

Big bourbon edge up front. Vanilla and slightly toasted oak flavors. Figs, dates, and a good amount of caramel. All of this while not being overly sweet.

Full body, low carbonation. Very warming. Very complex and enjoyable. A sipper for sure. I think that I liked the brandy version a bit more. This one seems a bit hotter.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 14:26:49 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can you say. Looks like a fine barley wine. Rich deep chestnut in color with ruby highlights. Pours with very little head and show signs of sludge.

Geesh. What a spectacular nose. Thick with bourbon and caramel. Large amounts of wood show through holding a bit of vanilla quality. Rum soaked raisin, date, fig, dried cherry, and some earthy notes. Some english toffee aromas on the finish with some alcohol as well.

Thick, creamy with an alcohol bite and tingle on the toungue. Layers of bourbon with more vanilla showing through in the mouth. Fig paste with fresh dates and caramel with a sugar daddy quality. Good amount of residual sugar really helps cover the big alcohol and balances the bourbon. Needless too say malty as hell and again an english toffee flavor follows through on the finish.

I find that this one needs more time in the bottle to meet the brandy barrel version however now it is still an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:39:43 | More by mcallister
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a quickly dissipating, initially one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, rusted amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, full cranberry color when held up to the light. Ample Bourbon and sharp oak notes greet my nose, but it is far more integrated and smoother than many Bourbon Barrel beers. In fact the barrel character is right on par with the Brandy barrel version; certainly dominant, but well integrated and pleasing to the olfactory senses. Notes of spicy Bourbon, vanillin, ample butterscotch laden oak, definite warming alcohol notes and a touch of spicy wood are all noticeable parts of the barrel aging. The barrel notes are well supported by a substantial, but clearly secondary, malt character; ample caramelized malt notes help to smooth out the barrel notes and especially marry well with the vanillin and butterscotch notes. Some berry-like fruitiness, a sweet nuttiness and toasty browned malts are also part of the malt profile. After my nose gets used to the aroma a bit the barrel character seems to die down a bit, but it never loses the ample warming note from the alcohol.

Sweet, but as was the sister brew, this is very light feeling for a beer of this strength. The alcohol is omnipresent and seems to quickly go to my head, though I would not characterize it as overly hot, merely substantially warming. Nutty flavors seem to accent wood derived notes of butterscotch and vanillin; the latter two being the more noticeable notes. The malt provides fruity notes of raisins and berries that, in combination with the booze, make this taste a bit like Brandy. This is clearly Bourbon influenced though as it has a characteristically spicy edge to it, especially in the finish. The barrel notes are huge here, somehow this beer holds them in check though; the base beer manages to keep the barrel from becoming overly aggressive. The Bourbon character somehow manages to be so present here in the flavor, but it still does not become disagreeable (am I becoming more used to Bourbon notes in beer, a distinct possibility, or is this just that well integrated).

Definitely harder than the Brandy barrel aged version, but not overly so and I can see this appealing more to some people. The sharper barrel notes, which the Bourbon brings out, are really nice though and make this beer different enough (in a good way) from the Brandy that I find that I am enjoying this beer far more than I thought I would. I really think that trying this beer after I sampled the Brandy one (separated by days) has made me enjoy this beer all that much more. If I had had it at the same time, or before the other one, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. The differences that my memory has played out seem to be the most intriguing part of this beer. What this relies on though is the fact that this beer, while clearly barrel dominated, does not allow the barrel notes to overwhelm & marginalize the base beer. In the end it is a little too alcohol accented in the flavor to be on the same level as the Brandy barrel aged old stock, but it is still damn tasty and quite close.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 04:45:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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flexabull

California

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull brown color with a small head.

Aromas are outstanding. Lots of molasses, oak, bourbon, spices, and dark fruits.

Beer has a wonderful taste. A great after dinner sipper. Smokey, with oak, bourbon, and toasted malts. A bit sweet and caramel like with some stewed dark fruit flavors. Finish is a bit creamy, with just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. But feels a touch thin for my tastes.

Drinkability is great. This is obviously a sturdy beer clocking in at 14+ ABV. But it is so tasty and interesting. This beer is a pleasure to sip, and actually doesn't taste like a beer that has such a high ABV, the alcohol is hidden rather well.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:35:00 | More by flexabull
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark brown body with a bubbly beige head.

Smell: Aroma drenched in bourbon with notes of caramel, oak, dark brown sugar, vanilla, fruit, and a puff of smoke.

Taste: Ah, rich caramel with a candylike sweetness you'd find in a dessert-minded liqueur. Macerated dark fruits. Full bourbon flavor with the essential hints of vanilla, wood, and brown sugar. Finishes bourbony with an alcoholic sear of success in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Lush mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A great beer and a fine offspring of the Old Stock Ale, but I gotta say the Brandy Barrel version just barely beats it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 21:22:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Mark

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have come to really appreciate and love Old Stock Ale. This edition aged in bourbon bottles is two years old and superb. Deep copper color is a bit cloudy, no head and or lacing is present but it looks darn good. Deep luscious aroma of stewed dark fruits and of course bourbon invites. Extremely smooth with dark fruit tones mainly raisin and plum. Bourbon notes are in prominent evidence and lend lots of character. Medium bodied, very drinkable despite this beers great strength. The ultimate sipper for a winters night. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 03:55:09 | More by Mark
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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fartingdog

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy deep amber/brown. Head disspipates quickly.

S-Bourbon, caramel, dark fruit (date, raisin).

T- Rich caramel, toffee, borbon, fruity. There is alot going on here. Complex and absolutely delicious. Oh god, this is good.

M- Thick and viscous- pleasantly coats the mouth and th e flavor lingers. Boozy alcohol warming in the finish. I can only imagine this will continue to age gracefully in the bottle.

D- Amazingly good, to be sipped for sure. Alcohol is quite noticable letting you know you probably shouldn't have too much, even tho you want to.

They took an already great bear and turned it into an absolutely amazing one. One of the best beers I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 03:16:16 | More by fartingdog
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IntriqKen

California

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last night I tried the Brandy Barrel aged...tonight it is the Bourbon Barrel aged and I can't help but compare the two. Please note, before drinking either follow the advice of the brewer...room temperature and let them breathe for about 15 minutes after you pour before indulging.

2005 Vintage aged 2 years in Boubon Barrels.

Pours a deep mahagony with almost no head as expected from a very high ABV brew.

Aroma is 'in your face' bourbon, dark brown sugar, candied dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is creamy and 'hot'.

Taste is intensely sweet boubon with oak notes....dark candied fruits like dark raisins, plums, prunes...lots and lots of brown sugar and still a touch of alcohol. Bourbon predomidates followed by the alcohol.

Aftertaste is candied bourbon and hot alcohol.

This is still a very hot and slightly too sweet beer. It has aged for 2 years already in the barrel but may benefit from another two years away from the wood and in the bottle.

Definitely a sipper....but a great sipper at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 04:32:21 | More by IntriqKen
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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