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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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509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
Wants: 399
Gots: 138 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vintages: 2005, 2011

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-03-2007)
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Reviews by akorsak:
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4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this one home from a CA trip in 2007. Surprisingly, I've never had the original Old Stock ale.

A: The ale has a dark red hue that could pass for a glass of cabernet. Without any outside influences, the ale looks black. An off-white head sits in a thin band at the top of the beer.

S: A heavy grape presence indicates the brandy barrel, rich and boozy it doesn't pull any punches. Toffee and molasses are strong, big enough to get through brandy.

T: A malty delight wrapped in the delicious strength of a brandy barrel. Let's start with the brandy, bold and warming. A red grape profile, fortified to astronomical proportions, really jumps out of the glass. A distinct vanilla flavor also springs from the barrel. The ale behind the barrel is thick and malty. Toffee is prevalent but the rest of the body is nicely hidden behind the barrel.

M: The brandy is hot, burning the tongue with each sip. Behind the burn, the brandy is pleasant and multi-dimensional. The late rush of vanilla is a nice aspect.

D: The ale is hot but never reveals its ~15% price tag. The brandy really works amongst the malty depths of the Old Stock.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to crack my lone bottle on Christmas with my dad. Pours a deep dark brown without much light getting through. Small bubbles of carbonation and alcohol swirls on the side of the glass. Aromas of deep caramel, fruits and nuts. Rich sweet malts with a vibrant brandy and oak accent. Brown sugar as well. The barrel has integrated with the beer flawlessly here. Sublime.

First sip is smooth caramel and dark fruit drenched malts. Toffee, brown sugar and nuts with a spicy oak kick. Brandy shines through but it is never overpowering. A bit of warmth on the way down with vanilla throughout. Amazingly well balanced and delicious. Quite honestly a masterpiece.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied . Luscious and complex. This is simply an amazing brew and I must say Old Stock lends itself beautifully to well cared for barrel aging. One of the best beers I've had the chance to sample to date.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nose!!! Black grapes, blueberry, light oak, warm alcohol, and sweet toffee and chocolate. Fantastic. Not all that impressive looking though. The pour is brown with some red hues, and a quickly fading soapy tan head. Wonderful flavors. I've always thought brandy barrels are the way to do with barley wine, and this is the best example. Great grape, wood, toffee, chocolate flavor with a bit of warm alcohol to make sure you know what you are drinking. Medium body. Mouth filling. Average carbonation. Just enough to be a complement. Average finish. I'd like it to hang around for a bit longer. Really though. I really can't think of what else I'd want in such a beer. Its a damn shame that its so difficult to come by.

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4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my lord.
I know I'll be prejudice because I love old ales and North Coast may be my favorite anyway, but oh, what they have done with this one!
2005 Vintage aged in Brandy Barrels.

What does that do to it?
Deep amber almost black in the glass with a smallish head that is indicative of high ABV brews.

Aromas of milk chocolate, dark, dark raising, prunes, dark cherry and a touch of brandy. Additionally, I can definite sense Oak in the aroma. Absolutely delicious. Decadent.

Taste is again milk chocolate...very sweet...and very sweet dark raisins...this is almost like a candy bar. Aftertaste as you swallow is reminisent of chocolate covered raisens....but enjoyed at a great movie. Only a bit of alcohol warmth as you swallow but you can definitely feel it later.

I LOVE North Coast.
Thank you for this offering.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.