Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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Old Ale
4.39 | pDev: 6.38%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
Notes: Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2014 is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer added layers of complexity and flavor. Bottled in a 500 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish, it is a memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a unique offering.
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beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny reddish brown body; relatively thin yet lasting head (but good for a high ABV beer). Rich caramel, dark pitted fruits, and spicy rye aroma. Caramel malts and boozy flavors; figs; light brown sugar. Heavy body; oily plus thickly sweet; alcohol warmth; some residual sugar sweetness but finishes dry overall.

A tasty, barrel-aged old ale, perhaps showing some age after being bottled for about four years. The smell and feel are a bit weaker than I would expect, but the taste is still there for a big beer. Would I buy another bottle? Why not?! Perhaps another stab at this beast on a cold winter's day in the near future may bring new appreciations to things. Still rock solid and a great find...

Oct 19, 2018
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Released in Sweden April 22, 2016 at #Systembolaget.
Resting in my beercellar since then.

The color of the beer is dark copper and the head is thin and dissapears fast.

Nose: This is AMAZING! So complex nose! Rye whiskey, raisin, prune, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, fudge, caramel, red berries, oak and vanilla.
Taste: I'm in love! Alcohol, rum, rye whiskey, barrel notes, oak, candied sugar, raisin, nuts, sweet brown sugar, tobacco and hops. This is an explosion of complex flavours! It just have to be experienced.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Oily and smooth. Sweet and bitter ending.

I usually say that a barrel aged beer should not be cellared when it's on the bottle and that it just lose it's complex barrelaged notes... I have to change my mind. This beer is a 2014 beer that was released in Sweden 2016 and today it is a masterpiece!

A few (5) month's ago I opened the Bourbon Barrel (2013) version from my beercellar and I wasn't THAT impressed. But this one...

I give up! This is a masterpiece!

Jul 30, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark woody color with a couple fingers of tan foam that faded into a thin collar.
S: Sweet and sticky nose full of caramel and raisin, brown sugar and vanilla.
T: Sweet almost cloying flavor with tons of leather, caramel, burnt sugar and tobacco, followed by spicy rye and peppery earthy spice, leafy hops, and slight musty oxidization. Finish is full of bitter and leafy hops, and the aftertaste has notes of chocolate and toasted marshmallow.
M: Full thick body, sticky and sweet mouthfeel, kiss of warming booze but the age has really mellowed it out to a tame 13% that drinks like a 10% and helps cut the cloying flavor. Carbonation is fairly tingly and fluffy. Very solid earthy bitterness and tons of peppery and rye spice.
O: Sweet, spicy, bitter, and potent. A delicious sipper.

Apr 24, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a friend on 1/20/18 from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Reddish brownish amber color, no head or lacing, just an o-ring of film around the perimeter. It looks like a cordial.

Great aged aromas; Rye whiskey soaked grain, caramel, red fruit, vanilla, and wood. Strong alcohol.

Flavor rides the aromas with the addition of some churned butter creaminess.

Surprising high carbonation. Tingly, sharp, and mellow at once. Whiskey-like body.

A nice change from bourbon barrel aging, not for the faint of heart.

Jan 25, 2018
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goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As for the look which I typically don't hold the against a beer in its overall rating. It's a chestnut dark Amber oxidized copper look extremely microscopic bubbles decent head when poured with minimal retention and some streaming carbonation.
The aroma here's where this gets real this is got to be one of the best aromatic beers I have ever had I would put this with Bourbon County Firestone Walker anniversary ales you name it it is like a caramel fudge Rye explosion.
Taste caramel caramel and more, and threw in some buttery goodness ends with just a hint of marvelous Rye. One of the most complex full flavor profiles I have ever tasted.
Mouth feels amazing thick almost chewy with carbonation tingling your tongue simply awesome.
When giving this beer and overall rating it just isn't fair to only give its Aroma and taste five they are off the charts there's any knock at all on this beer in might be the appearance there again I never really want to penalize a beer for its appearance. This is truly one of the top five beers of all time on my list. I really believe in addition to its marvelous Aroma in great taste that its mouth feel this what puts it above most of their beers.

Dec 30, 2017
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - deep mahogany in color but there's a rich ruby hue when held up to the light, one-finger khaki head that dissipates to a small ring, and spotty lacing.
Smell - whiskey is super strong, spicy rye, toffee/caramel, raisins, some cherry, and vanilla.
Taste - caramel, raisins, slight chocolate, and vanilla all blend together to make for a rich and decadent flavor profile. This sweetness is mixed with a backbone of spicy whiskey.
Feel - medium carbonation, medium slightly chewy body, and incredibly smooth.

Apr 28, 2017
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ccg from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, opened 2017-03-16 for a side-by-side comparison with the 2014 wheat-whiskey barrel variant.

This beer looks a bit better than the wheat-whiskey variant. It's a bit darker, there is some lacing, and the head sticks around longer.

I also like the smell a bit better in this one. It has the same caramel- and brown-sugar-filled sweetness of the base beer, with vanilla and oak from the barrel, but this one also has a hint of chocolate and spice.

Flavor is similar. Boozy oak bourbon sweetness on top of the base beer's caramel and malty sweetness. The rye barrel aging in this variant adds a hint of chocolate and spice.

Like the wheat-whiskey variant, it also starts out syrupy and ends thin. That's the main weakness is these barrel-aged Old Stock variants.

I think I generally prefer rye-barrel-aged beers, so maybe I'm biased, but I think this variant is superior to the wheat-whiskey variant and that it adds a nice extra layer on top of the already smooth, sweet, and tasty Old Stock Ale.

Mar 17, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has a little less of the rye whiskey.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptive because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste. It only tastes like a 8% abv beer.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased my second bottle today.
A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a small white head.
S - Aroma is heavy on rye whiskey.
T - Flavor is caramel, a bit of sweetness, and a lot of barrel.
M - Carbonation is less than average, mouth feel is average.
O - I love this beer. I like Old Ales, and this kicks it up a notch with the barrel aging. Expensive but it delivers. Gotta go back and but 4-5 bottles since they are making this anymore.

Jan 22, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Yet another barrel-aged disappointment from North Coast. Terribly thin mouthfeel, unexciting, no nuances. Tons of barrel and whiskey but not much else... I got tired of it after half a bottle. Hard to find, but not worth chasing.

Oct 30, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with little head or carbonation. Tons of whiskey, nice coconut, oak, caramel malts, bready malts, leather, and toasted malts.

Overall a very good beer; well worth checking out.

Jul 13, 2016
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neurobot01 from California

4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a wine glass, for some reason.

Look: barely reddish brown, no head.

Smell: sweet with a hint of spice. Maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, oak.

Taste: very strong spirits taste; apples, cinnamon, lots of oak. Basically like drinking whisky.

Feel: fluffy, medium, a bit dry.

Overall: a bit too straight-up whisky for my tastes; certainly doesn't even begin to approach brandy version, but still ultimately enjoyable.

Jun 27, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So I love the orignal bourbon barrel aged and I love rye whiskey barrel aged beers, sooooo yeah this is right up my alley!
Classic brown body with a tan head and then collar. Smell focuses more on the rye whiskey, vanilla, raisin, coconut, cola, and brown sugar, with dark fruit being more dry. Taste has the dark fruit come to life with more wet vibrancy, rye whiskey is gorgeous in how it captivates the smoke, earth, tobacco and leather the original has in the background. So smooth and full, chewy with rye sharpness and rustic oak adding more dimension. Fantastic!

Jun 15, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 variant. pours a clear, dark garnet mahogany with almost no head. nose; huge oak barrel, sweet bourbon, leather, & earthy hops. taste; caramel malt, molasses, vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, hops, fig, and... man... honeyed biscuit? just big, complex & roving. medium carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. north coast's old stock ale with a massive oak shot to the arm. i love the regular old stock, and these barrel-aged variants are maybe... *too* indulgent? nah, they are delicious! the 13.75% abv shows up, but what can you expect? a heavier, sweeter, oakier, portier old stock ale. yes please!

Jun 04, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark garnet-Ruby with a frothy cream head on the pour that dissipates to almost zero. No lacing. Quite a looker though.
smell: Caramel and vanilla, whiskey and oak decadence.
taste: Just as great as the nose advertises. Caramel bourbon decadence.
Expensive and worth every penny.

Apr 17, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a stemmed glass a deep mahogany color with a thinner light beige head atop.The buttered rum notes like others have noted stand out as much in the nose as the spiced rye although both are there,some caramel is in there as well.A smooth slick feel as it glides down easy.Vanilla and caramel upfront on the palate with a surge of the peppery rye I was hoping for coming in the finish,some lightly toasted oak comes into play as well.Like a "not so overly sweet" dessert in a bottle,maybe not as earth shattering as I was hoping for but it's really damn good.I'am just a rye whiskey slut.....

Apr 01, 2016
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rand from California

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL corked bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Cola colored appearance, this viscous brew offers almost no head on a medium pour. No lacing either.

S: Butter rum and rye whiskey. Oaky and vinous. Boozy and bitter at the edge of the bouquet.

T: Rye whisky and caramel at the front of the palate. Lots of burnt sugar and oak with plenty of warming booze. There's a tasty hop zest toward the finish, centering the flavor profile and making the beer quaffable. Finishes long, sweet and boozy.

M: Heavy bodied with a creamy, chewy complexion.

Another masterful brew from North Coast. Pretty much flawless from start to finish.

Mar 28, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic barrel aged old stock. Lots of rye whiskey mixing with caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits. Light dry oak and leather. full bodied beer with medium carbonation. Smooth sipping beer You know its big, but it is not boozey. North Coast makes the best barrel aged old ales that are available on the shelf.

Feb 26, 2016
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Greasy from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured, compared and contrasted with the Old Stock Cellar Reserve aged in wheat whiskey barrels. I won't do a complete review, but this variant had a much more transparent mahogany color, stronger nose, spicier taste, hotter finish and overall had more punch even with a slightly lower ABV. Is it better than the wheat barrel version? It's too close to determine a winner. The real winner is me for getting to try both side to side!

Feb 11, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The yearly anticipation of the Cellar Reserve series from North Coast Brewing leaves its fans nearly giddy with excitement. And rolling out with two different barrel-aged varieties gives its fans cause for comparison and contrast for the most staunch beer connoisseur.

The rye whiskey barrel-aged version pours with a rich garnet hue and a modest haze. Its swirling cappuccino froth get the aromatics going while a breadth of succulence entice the nose in mesmerizing fashion. Maple, molasses and toasted savory fragrances are bold with whiskey and oak nuances. With the sweetness of blackstrap molasses and butter maple slathering on the tongue, its decadent array of flavors are just getting started.

And with complete saturation of the tastebuds coming on quick, the full array of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pecan and syrup wraps the tongue in a sweet and savory cocoon. Fruity with dark and vinous taste, suggestions of cherry, grape, fig, date, prune and raisin all seem whisky-soaked and condenses in their earthy sweetness. While the barrels introduce added complexities of oak, tobacco, vanilla, caramel and coconut, the beer's dark oxidation delivers a dry and leather taste to close the session.

Full bodied and lightly syrupy, the ale is proportioned toward the port and sherry level of complexity and body- well suited for after dinner digestive. While deep, earthen and sweet, the beer is surprisingly dry with oak tannin, vinous twang and that distinct peppery and husken spice that only rye whiskey can provide.

Feb 01, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany red brown with a thin but active head of light khaki foam that dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing. Impressively clear and transparent.

Caramel, vanilla, and oaky whiskey notes right up front, followed by another wave of caramel and soft dark fruit notes, slight alcohol burn. Some molasses at the end.

Slight smoky/peat-like (almost scotch-like) flavor that weaves between layers of molasses, caramel, fig, raisin, wood, vanilla, and some whiskey spice.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sticky, chewy, a bit too thin for my taste.

Overall, this drops clear as day with just a bit of chill haze that goes away once it warms. Aroma and flavor is very similar with tamed, but noticeable whiskey notes. For my taste though, I wish this had a bit more body; however, this is still quite a fantastic brew and a nice experiment with variants.

Jan 20, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Applause to North Coast! Love 2013 cellar reserve old stock. This is better even with less aging. Smoother and had better flavor. Lighter barrel aged flavor yet very flavorful. Excellent!

Dec 20, 2015
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 74 ratings