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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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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
Wants: 372
Gots: 115 | FT: 16
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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kkipple

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*2005 vintage

Had at the Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Pretty sure KP brought this one, whoever it was, thanks!

A. Pretty much exactly like the other Old Stock Ale. Hazy red-gold, darker in the center (weird), very small head, poor retention.

S. Goodness. My notes read "Booze X3!!". Not the most eloquent way to put it, perhaps, but this is a seriously boozy beverage, simply exploding with oak, lush caramel, vanilla and sugar. Woody and roasty, the brandy really shines through. This in all honesty smells like poor man's Utopias. Delicious, complex, intriguing and strong.

T. Very hot alcohol immediately, but gives way to a thick rich toffee flavored beer, dripping with aggressive oak, vanilla and roast malt notes, finishes with a big sugar kiss. Think old JW Lees, or Thomas Hardy's on its best day. This is fresh and yet remains wonderfully delicious.

M. Average carbonation, thankfully. Finishes dry and hot with a medicinal booze kick.

D. Drinkable? Not in quantity, but this brew makes up for that in deliciousness and complexity. This is one of the best American Old Ales I've had. If you can't afford the $200 for Jim Koch's finest, this is a good second bet. High praise.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:29:39 | More by kkipple
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A: Very deep purple color. Very much the color of brandy. Bubbly tan head sputters out almost immediately. No lacing. Very leggy. This is all excusable due to the strength and time in the barrel.

S: Brandy is very forward on the nose. Blackberry jams, black currants, dark grapes, dried figs. Malts bring caramel chews, blackstrap molasses, and black cocoa. Some wet paper oxidation and mild spicy alcohol as well. Woods influence itself is not readily apparent on the nose.

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App- Out of the bottle this was more of a crimson and ruddy brown mix of colors. A solid depth of highlights on the outside but the inside was a big deep red chasm. A solid 1-1/2 inch head of tan bubbles with some pretty good cling down the glass.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.