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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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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 396
Gots: 136 | FT: 18
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 kkipple:
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

kkipple, Feb 22, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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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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 +10.7%
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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.

IntriqKen, Nov 29, 2007
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.