Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
4.8/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a murky, cloudy brown in color. There is just a hint of froth that comes from a pretty aggressive pour. The head is gone quicker than it had formed.
The smell is absolutely top notch. Dare I say heavenly. Brandy, caramel, toffee, vanilla, all there. And if the smell wasn't enough, the flavor was even better. A truly decadent sipper. The vanilla flavors are just absolutely wonderful. When you start with a base beer that is as incredible and strong as Old Stock only good things can happen from imparting some barrel influence. Incredibly full and creamy in the mouthfeel, this is a definite sipper. At the same time, you really don't get taken back by the high ABV. I was afraid that there would be a lot of heat, or a very noticeable alcohol flavor to this. But yet again, it doesn't disappoint.
Why oh why has this not been brewed and barrel aged again?! I'd much rather have the Old Stock in either the brandy or bourbon barrel aged as an option over the BA Rasputin. It's time to get those barrels going at North Coast and make this a annual release.
I realize this is getting harder to come by if not impossible to get. If you have one, consider yourself lucky, find some friends and share the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2009 14:53:07 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2011 vintage. First time having this and I am so pleased to have come across it. Deep brown color with moderate carbonation. Head dissipates completely in approximately 60 seconds. Dark fruits, sugary sweetness! Nectar of the Old Ale gods! The taste is so balanced with the brandy influence definitely there but refined and subtle. Absolutely perfect drinking experience and I must have this one again!
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 22:05:26 | More by bowzer4birdie
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.