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

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 416
Gots: 150 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

Vintages: 2005, 2011
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Photo of Shinck14
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobbypaulson
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roger85
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PretzelCity
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burntknuckles
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml, 2011 at 15.2% abv

It is the most complex and rich beer I have had. It has cellared phenomenally well. I'd buy more to age for another 1 to 3 years. The barrel character, in both flavor and tannic mouthfeel, really come through strong.

It pours with a some head that quickly disintegrates into the viscous, yet not opaque liquid below.

It tastes like a burnt carmel apple liqueur. There are an abundance of dried and caramelized fruit flavors with a strong vinous kick. It tastes like flakey crust powdered with cinnamon sugar.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Its just the right amount of thick. The carbonation is surprisingly high for such a viscous beer. I would prefer it to be flatter but the carbonation helps lighten such a thick body.

Overall its a world class beer. There are few, if any, better examples of an old ale, let alone one aged in brandy barrels. The brandy character is incredibly unique which makes this beer truly one of a kind. If you see it, get it immediately. If you have one, drink it. If you have two, let the other one sit for 1 to 3 years for this beer to reach its potential as a never before seen animal.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jplopez21
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Danny1217
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SP1_FLA
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeterBBB
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dspinler
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADTaber
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The deep was a deep copper color with a moderate head crowning the beer.

Smell - The brandy really shines in the aroma. This is a case where the aroma really makes the drinker look forward to the first drink.

Taste - Brandy makes the initial impression, but there is so much more. Nuts, maple oatmeal, and dark fruits are followed by warming alcohol in the aftertaste. This is really good.

Mouthfeel - The low carbonation allows the beer to be smooth and perhaps even sticky.

Overall - This is a top of the line Old Ale.

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 2011 vintage from the brewery in Ft. Bragg. Had to convince my girlfriend it was worth the purchase. It definitely was... (And she agrees!)

L: Dark, velvety red copper with almost no head after a vigorous pour

S: boozy and port

T: caramel, port, sweet, strong (in a good way), vanilla, COMPLEX

F: creamy, full, alcohol

O: Wow this one is special. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I would buy again in a heartbeat.

Photo of KevinmusPrime
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dawgboned37
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GMorgan
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.