Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.5/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
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
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
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.