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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)
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 426
Gots: 160 | FT: 23
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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2011. Purchased from the brewery earlier this week.

A: It's a flat, dark, muddy brown.

S: This is boozy as hell. Really sweet and rich. Very 'old ale' with dead yeast and such.

T: That...is chewy. Processing that in the mouth just takes ages. Vanilla. More dead yeast (kinda dig it). Dates. Brown sugars. Oxidized, fermented grape juice.

M: Flat and smooth.

O: This is a truly excellent beer. Highly recommended. Sublime.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Never had a beer like this. Tastes like a slightly carbonated tawny port. Wish I had another bottle to cellar

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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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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The 2011 brew is truly beautiful.

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

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4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2011 Vintage poured into a snifter at room temperature.
L - Poured a medium amber color with lots of carbonation but not head or lacing.
S - Smells of bourbon, caramel, leather and malt.
T - Tangy initially with caramel, bourbon, malt and coconut.
F - Heavily carbonated, with light mouth feel and a dry tangy finish.
O - A middle of the road bourbon barreled ale. About what you would expect for their base beer after some time in a bourbon barrel. A little pricey for a 500ml bottle.

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at Redstone Liquors, Stoneham, MA
2011 vintage
Served in a snifter

The slightly hazy mahogany liquid was topped by a frothy, fizzy, near one-finger tall, ecru colored crown that quickly fell than a thin collar. Within minutes, the head disappeared entirely and the resulting liquid looked nearly flat. Almost cordial-like in appearance.

The aroma was simply amazing. Dried fruits, including figs, raisins and prunes, came through strong. Oxidative notes, along with an oaky, aged quality, gave the beer an intense port or sherry-like character. Really grape-y and vinous. Loads of maple and brown sugar sweetness. Toffee was also noticeable. Super boozy, but in a pleasant and warming sort of way. Fantastically interesting and complex.

Rich, boozy, port-like notes came through big time in the flavor as well. The hints of oxidation added some interesting complexities. Raisins, figs and plums were apparent. Loads of toffee and sticky pudding. Touch of maple. Quite sweet overall. The finish was boozy, although I doubt I would have guessed this to be 15+% ABV. Quite rummy. Dry, oaky, tannic notes helped balance out some of the sweetness on the front end. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became more prominent, especially on the finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the only disappointing aspect of this beer. It was thinner bodied for the style and contained a lively, spritzy carbonation. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. A bit strange for a beer of this magnitude. The sweet, slightly syrupy liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

I find North Coast's Old Stock Ale to be really raw and boozy, but this brandy barrel-aged version transformed the base beer into something magical. I look forward the next release of this, whenever that may be.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.