Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stakem:
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this long-time want with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears an amber brown with some ruby clarity through the body. When held to the light, there id almost a green and yellowish hint around the edges. A very mild amount of carbonation produces a few bubbles across the top and lega of alcohol stream slowly down the wall of the glass.
The smell of this brew is sweet and boozy but not overdone to the point where it burns the nostrils. Despite having a solid booziness to the nose, it is quite inviting with some toasty notes of barrel, caramel, raisins and some more woody quality towards the back.
The taste is strikingly full of barrel presence. A minor note of oxidation is there but it isnt distracting, it lends a pleasant depth and change of character like a very old JW Lees offering. A hint of sweetness is there like raisins, molasses and toffee. A bit of moist wood from the barrel aging coupled with oxidation. The alcohol is the last impression left on the palate that tastes quite fortified but balanced and enjoyable.
This is a medium to full bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation that really worked in this offering. The ~15% abv is masterfully hidden. It wasnt until I finished my glass and stood up that the strength really hit me. For that reason, coupled with such a low level of carbonation being very enjoyable, I have to give this a perfect "feel" rating. This was a solid experience that I was very appreciative of. I am a big fan of the base beer and this was quite a treat. Big thanks to you Heath despite making my face numb with this treat right at the start of a tasting.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2012 13:36:30 | More by stakem
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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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