1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

391 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 391
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 377
Gots: 122 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 89 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by nharres:
Photo of nharres
nharres

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-06-2014 23:21:36 | More by nharres
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.9%

05-02-2014 09:52:27 | More by DanGeo
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-02-2014 14:09:01 | More by tectactoe
Photo of tbryan5
tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

05-02-2014 01:33:32 | More by tbryan5
Photo of SkiBum22
SkiBum22

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-20-2014 00:54:20 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of orbitalr0x
orbitalr0x

Illinois

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
Photo of tjthresh
tjthresh

Indiana

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
Photo of warmbier804
warmbier804

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-29-2014 00:48:48 | More by warmbier804
Photo of Cynic-ale
Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

08-06-2014 06:40:18 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of TKEbeerman
TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-31-2014 21:27:45 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of Dizzy
Dizzy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

06-20-2014 02:47:48 | More by Dizzy
Photo of stereosforgeeks
stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.9%

03-06-2014 14:59:14 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of BobbysLiquors
BobbysLiquors

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-23-2013 00:15:44 | More by BobbysLiquors
Photo of striker2160
striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-04-2014 02:30:14 | More by striker2160
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-14-2014 05:11:14 | More by ste5venla
Photo of Iparedman
Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

08-03-2014 02:33:22 | More by Iparedman
Photo of IntriqKen
IntriqKen

California

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
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -10.9%

08-08-2014 21:16:30 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of Cfeezy
Cfeezy

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

05-15-2014 04:48:39 | More by Cfeezy
Photo of jh1982
jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 01:18:26 | More by jh1982
Photo of blabaer
blabaer

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-21-2014 02:01:08 | More by blabaer
Photo of SunDevil12
SunDevil12

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-27-2014 07:37:10 | More by SunDevil12
Photo of fthegiants
fthegiants

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

07-24-2014 02:26:16 | More by fthegiants
Photo of Photekut
Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 23:07:20 | More by Photekut
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-09-2014 02:24:22 | More by StoutItOutLoud
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.