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

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels)

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 07-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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...

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of shigg85
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMOSNN
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ccg
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Bandi
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of smithj4
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinBreheny
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 68 ratings