Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stakem:
4.33/5 rDev -3.8%
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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4.26/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Very deep purple color. Very much the color of brandy. Bubbly tan head sputters out almost immediately. No lacing. Very leggy. This is all excusable due to the strength and time in the barrel.
S: Brandy is very forward on the nose. Blackberry jams, black currants, dark grapes, dried figs. Malts bring caramel chews, blackstrap molasses, and black cocoa. Some wet paper oxidation and mild spicy alcohol as well. Woods influence itself is not readily apparent on the nose.
T: Dark grape, juicy blackberries, dried cherries, plum, black currants- the brandy barrel influence is front and center. Subtle woody oak. Rich brown caramel chews. Molasses. Maple. Pecan turtles. Hint of salty soy. Vinous. Spicy alcohol builds toward the back. Rich and sweet throughout. Wet brown paper bags from the oxidation (normal). Brandy lingers in a long sweet finish.
M: Heavier body. Slick and coating with a syrupy texture. Little to no carbonation. Big alcohol warmth, but not heat. Drinks very much like a brandy.
O: While barrel aging has been all the rage in the Craft beer segment for years, finding a brandy barrel aged beer is still very much a rarity. It's a welcome change of pace from the ubiquitous bourbon barrel aging. In this case the brandy flavors are the focal point of a beer whose base flavor profile complements them most graciously. The sweet, sticky, malty, and vinous flavors of the old ale are a perfect springboard for a dominant brandy barrel character. This is a gratifying and complex sipper that offers a very unique experience. It has an upper-class air about it. I actually prefer it to bourbon barrel aged old stock. Worth the high price tag.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 01:54:41 | More by ryan1788a5
4.38/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
1802nd Review on BA
Bottle to NC Tulip
500 ml C/C
App- Out of the bottle this was more of a crimson and ruddy brown mix of colors. A solid depth of highlights on the outside but the inside was a big deep red chasm. A solid 1-1/2 inch head of tan bubbles with some pretty good cling down the glass.
Smell- On a big first woft you get a ton of rootbeer aromas. The oak and vanilla and sweetness of the brandy come together quite nicely. As it warms more of the caramel from the old ale comes out with a malty dark fruit aroma.
Taste- I enjoyed this. The big aromatics came across on the flavor profile and played nicely together without being overly dramatic or one flavor taking over the palate. I enjoyed the opening sips of the base beer beer shining with some deep caramel and a little bit of booze on the flavor. A little warmer more of the classic brandy flavor with some oak and tannin flavor came in.
Mouth- A solid medium body with a creamier medium carbonation with a good amount of residual bubbles to coat the tongue. The residual flavors that I get are more of vanilla and brandy on this one. The base beer doesnt carry through much.
Drink- I was surprised I didnt have to trade for this one. Was great to finally find a top 250, just sitting on the shelves. Would love another bottle to hold onto for a couple years. Was a layered and pretty complex drinking BA beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 15:20:13 | More by FosterJM
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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