Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mcallister:
4.8/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep reddish mahagony. Very little head accept a thin light tannish ring around the glass.
Absolutely amazing complex aroma. A grapey raisiny brandy smell with vanilla laden oak. Lush caramel, fig, date, hints of prune, rum soaked raisin. RS is prevelant and is brought forth with a brown sugar maple coated dried fruit enigma.
My kind of beer (and about every other BA's for that matter). Absolutely delicious. Complex sums it up. Endless flavors dance on the palate. Much more toasty vanilla riddled oak on the mid palate and finish which hints at canied figs and dates. Speaking of fresh dates round out the entire flavors with brown sugar and maple, with a slight nutty honey twinge. Caramel, slight earth, woody, dark malty sweetness, brandy raisins, and even some oxidation.
Alcohol is definitely a factor. Nice and warming yet not in an obtrusive manner. Although the alcohol may play a factor in the less than full mouthfeel (less than what you would expect from this).
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2008 00:34:45 | More by mcallister
More User Reviews:
4.49/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A- Mahogany deep amber with a light head. Still as can be.
S- Oh my! Can smell the brandy, sugary molasses and charred caramel from a ways away (despite the lingering cigarette smoke on the jacket of the patron next to me). Hints of wood barrel and vanilla.
T- Follows nose really well. Lots of depth to this one. Brandy gets things kicking from the start. Lots of vanilla and cream. Syrup like dark fruits. Finishes warm. So intense.
M- It's strong as can be and it lets you know it from the get go. Some burn on the way down and a lingering dryness that leaves you smacking. I do enjoy the full, creamy feel though. Soft carbonation.
O- very impressed. Gets better with each sip (which is the only way it can be consumed) as it is so rich and succulent, but maybe that is the 15.2 talking. Would love to have a full bottle on a special occasion...too bad I can't afford that. Easily the best I have had of the style. A true "wow" beer.
$12 for an 8 ounce pour. Yeah, it's a swift kick in the nuts, but one that I would probably ask for again.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 02:34:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.51/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2011 Vintage. Pours a nicely carbonated dark, brownish red color with a small, off-white head. Scent is STRONG in booze. A ton of hot brandy and other whiskey aromas. Tons of dark fruits with a whole lot of malt. Lots of vanilla and a hint of toffee. More sweet brandy...this beer smells spectacular. Taste is just as good as the beer smells. Boozy brandy and oaky barrel flavors up front. Sweet brandy and vanilla flavors. Lots of dark fruits...plums, raisins, prunes, and dates. Wow, this thing is boozy. Lingering maple syrup on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated...but doesn't lose points for this. Very full-bodied. Drinkability is high, but a sipper. Overall, this beer is fantastic! Very hot, but I can't wait to see how this ages over the years.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 08:49:23 | More by DovaliHops
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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