Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.6/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Brown, semi transparent, thin white head that disappeared quickly
S: Molasses, vanilla, caramel, oak
T: More of the molasses, vanilla, caramel, oak, a touch of alochol burn and brandy. These flavors are so incredibly smooth though, I am amazed at the 15.2% alcohol.
M: Not too thick, not too light
O: Probably the best beer of its style that I've had. It's similar to Bois, Arctic Devil and Mother of all Storms but so much smoother. Such a freaking good beer!
05-24-2014 07:06:11 | More by anteater
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
This beer had been on my wants list longer than any other brew & it apparently showed up in the Twin Cities without fanfare. I hunted it down & paid the big price tag. 500ML bottle split with my wife after a pair of disappointing beers.
Pour is 3.6% more than dead flat, but even that bit quickly circles the drain. Looks like flaking rust. Huge brandy notes whitewash whatever else might plink the nose: maybe some toffee, & after it warms a bit, there are hellacious wood notes.
Old Stock Cellar Reserve - Brandy Barrel Aged is hot with brandy & standing straight under the Granite Pack of my expectations. SIp after sip brings quick jabs of brandy, gorgeous brandy. Boozy vanilla lounges with high-end toffee (where is good toffee made, anyways?). Lower levels of oak/wood, sherry, brown sugar, plummy dark fruits. Complexity is oozing out of my pores just being in close contact with this beer, & the relative lack of bubbles doesn't hurt it at all.
A sipper & I keep sipping & sipping & wishing this came in a 750ML bottle. North Coast has certainly nailed the art of the hellaciously expensive beer that sticks around due to the price tag - but is ultimately worth it once as a treat. Would I buy another? No. Am I happy I danced for one? Yeah. Excellent beer.
05-23-2014 03:51:40 | More by maximum12
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.