Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mothman:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer has been on my wants list for nearly 6 years. I finally am getting to try it for my b-day. This marks my 2500th beer on BA.
Pours a fizzy cola head that settles to nothing. Color is a dark brown nearing black.
Flavor profile: Oddly enough, it has a cola/dr.pepper flavor to it. The nose is all brandy and oak. Some molasses and dark fruit shows. Perfect aroma. Very rich and complex. The taste has a lot of brandy with a little bit of heat. Raisins, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits all show in the taste. A fair amount of oak.
Mouthfeel: A bit spritz/bubbly. Lower carbonation, but it works with this beer. Ends a bit dry. Might be the only flaw in this beer.
Overall, this was a very good beer and I am happy I finally had it. It's very complex and has a lot going on with it. The barrel flavors are incredible. I wish I could have this more often.
05-15-2014 22:24:39 | More by mothman
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4.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
01-02-2010 23:42:09 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
03-23-2009 01:04:10 | More by tjthresh
4.97/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
11-29-2007 05:08:26 | More by IntriqKen
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.