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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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BA SCORE
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508 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
Wants: 398
Gots: 137 | FT: 17
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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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich dark brown color with a surprisingly full one finger khaki colored head. Given the ABV, wasn't expecting a lot in the looks department, but this is surprisingly attractive.

S: Right away, you're hit with a good amount of brandy. It's not hot and sharp, but it's still full and inviting. A good amount of toffee and raisin skin aromas mixed in there as well, with the darker fruit notes coming through more as this warms. Brown sugar, sea salt caramel, prune and some oak.

T: Pretty sweet upfront. Brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and burnt caramel. The toffee is probably the strongest note I get here and it slowly fades into a burnt raisin skin note near the middle. The beer gets drier and drier as it goes, finally ending in a slightly hot finish with big notes of brandy, maple syrup and pronounced oak. There's a good amount of carbonation in here, leading me to want to assume this beer is far less than 15%. A quick attempt to get out of my chair leads me to believe otherwise, though. Ridiculously well done.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.