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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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Old Ale
4.39 | pDev: 6.38%
Mar 05, 2023
Jul 27, 2015
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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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Drank march 2023 so, it may be at the end of it's shelf life.
Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by BAsbill from California

Apr 24, 2022
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 500 mL bottle on February 12, 2021.
Apr 23, 2021
Rated: 5 by zvanwink from Kentucky

Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Oct 25, 2018
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
2014 vintage
Oct 20, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.41 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.46 by Kurmaraja from California

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.46 by shigg85 from Japan

Jan 17, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 76 ratings