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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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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8%
Wants: 372
Gots: 115 | 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)
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deac83

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

05-19-2014 02:49:29 | More by deac83
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juhl31

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

05-18-2014 05:57:47 | More by juhl31
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refractor82

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-18-2014 04:07:17 | More by refractor82
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 22:24:39 | More by mothman
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-15-2014 17:55:08 | More by JoninVT
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Cfeezy

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-15-2014 04:48:39 | More by Cfeezy
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Leftofthedial

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-15-2014 00:53:31 | More by Leftofthedial
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-14-2014 05:11:14 | More by ste5venla
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KathyG

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-13-2014 02:43:19 | More by KathyG
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Vermonthiker

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 11:21:18 | More by Vermonthiker
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Graffy

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-10-2014 06:19:15 | More by Graffy
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

05-09-2014 02:46:08 | More by oline73
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-08-2014 00:28:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-07-2014 18:07:09 | More by greenspointexas
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%

05-06-2014 17:12:40 | More by bleedsblu
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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-06-2014 17:11:30 | More by VernonBaxter
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Fitze

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-06-2014 12:19:59 | More by Fitze
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-05-2014 23:39:09 | More by mportnoy
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Lfty357

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-05-2014 03:52:55 | More by Lfty357
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 15.2% ABV

500ml bottle served in a snifter

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky red brown color with very little tan head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Body is opaque with only a small amount of light penetrating the edge of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, boozy brandy, red wine grape and fig.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee, that carries throughout, but is balanced more towards the finish with a warm booziness. In addition to caramel and toffee are notes or dark fruit and oak which yield to a strong hot brandy character that comes through in the finish and lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not necessarily thin, but not quite as full bodied as I'd be looking for in a beer this big.

Overall: A really great beer. It's definitely drinking hot right now, though still excellent. This will only improve with some age.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 01:09:39 | More by Jonada
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.1%

05-02-2014 09:52:27 | More by DanGeo
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-01-2014 06:55:58 | More by chuckv
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Andonato

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-01-2014 01:59:47 | More by Andonato
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-30-2014 13:46:20 | More by KJ2013
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.