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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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525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-06-2014 03:29:29 | More by tjfilippo
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-28-2014 02:58:37 | More by megamass
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-16-2014 03:43:18 | More by alamode
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-10-2014 02:10:29 | More by chrisp450
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-04-2014 02:09:06 | More by blindpiggie
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-01-2014 03:24:20 | More by MSandahl23
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-28-2014 06:35:06 | More by Jonada
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New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%

2009 500mL ceramic bottle, cellared for about 10 mos., poured into a Lawson's snifter

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown, slightly reddish around the edges. Aggressive pour yields less than an inch of dark head that quickly disappears, leaving no trace that it was ever there.

S: Tons and tons of bourbon barrel-imparted notes, mostly vanilla and toasted coconut. It smells like the richest dessert! Supporting notes of caramel, toffee, sweetbreads and root beer.

T/M: Thick and viscous as you would imagine, with just the right amount of carbonation left. This is an incredible, incredible beer. Very rich, cola and root beer, melted caramel, strong bourbon presence in the finish - you get that warming, burning sensation in the throat and belly.

O: A tremendous beer, I'm almost regretting the decision to open it! Must find another. Well worth seeking out to try this one.

01-26-2014 19:25:19 | More by markgugs
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-21-2014 04:14:02 | More by ldhughes3
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4.65/5  rDev +5%

2009 batch, poured from 500 mL stained-glass bottle to snifter

Accidentally posted this in then non-reserve Old Stock, 11-23-13

A: Deep mahogany in color, opaque and murky. A small, effervescent head forms early, but quickly dissipates, seemingly under its own weight.

S: Bourbon first, but quickly followed by vanilla and oak. The malty bouquet is big and pronounced, with a mash-up of toffee and grainy scents. Ample booze helps propel the bold bouquet.

T: The brew hits your flavor sensors with everything at once - the bourbon and oak and toffee-vanilla malts paint your palate immediately, as they've become almost singular with age. There's a subtle raisin-y fruit note mid-sip, quickly followed by warming booze and a distant hop astringency that dries the palate slightly. Long finish, boozy and sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style - stodgy and chewy and viscous, but aging has produced ample carbonation to cleanse the palate. It's almost refreshing.

01-13-2014 19:37:55 | More by rand
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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New York

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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12-21-2013 03:52:25 | More by Denzo
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

12-21-2013 00:00:14 | More by Jacob007
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-28-2013 20:13:51 | More by auroracrisis
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-28-2013 05:34:08 | More by BillRoth
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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.

11-21-2013 05:18:09 | More by superspak
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

11-19-2013 19:47:38 | More by MasterSki
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.