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

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.44%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in wheat whiskey barres. The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity. A memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a completely unique offering.

Added by superspak on 07-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
22
Ratings:
83
pDev:
5.96%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
10
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of weareallfalafel
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, 14.44% ABV. Very distinctive from the 'regular' Old Stock releases, with a much softer feel and a very strong wheated presence from the barrel treatment. Let it warm to open up more of the classic old ale notes, so that it best competes with the oak and spirits.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a one finger off white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some very light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, caramel and whiskey.

T - The taste is huge whiskey, caramel, raisins, brown sugar and vanilla.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very well done. The whiskey dominates the flavor. Definetly a slow sipper.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tawny brown body; thin yet lasting head (not bad for a high ABV beer). Aroma of brown sugar and dark pitted fruits; honey and molassas. Heavy, boozy caramel flavors; cinammon spice; black licorice. Heavy body; thick and syrupy; sticky; warm.

Another knockout old stock ale from North Coast. Dense and spirited with notes of raisins and figs with an ass-kicking alcohol presence lurking close by.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's keep this short and sweet this beer is definitely a world-class beer and it's definitely sipper it is very boozy let me repeat it is very boozy

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pontzie
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cage and cork bottle from my local shop.

L: extremely lively and fast dissipating head. The color is a very hazy orange and brown that flattens out and shows almost no carbonation after the initial pour. The liveliness at first is somewhat of a surprise.

S: I was immediately hit by the sour scent of the whiskey barrel. It smelled of a fine charred barrel that contained quality wheat whiskey. Under the whiskey is a bready scent and a balanced hearty oak and subtle fig/fruit notes.

T: Phenomenal whiskey flavor at first that gives way to a softer warmer flavor that just eases its way across your palette. After a few sips the bready and fruity nature starts to cone forward. Really exceptionally easy to drink and yet provides enormous depth of character to be explored.

F: Given the burst of initial carbonation and then the relative flat appearance afterwards, I was expecting a boozy drink that ovetpowered the palatte. Instead, this pleasing drink is incredibly light. The alcohol is well hidden behind the amazing flavors. This is an EXCEPTIONAL experience. I really have never found any other beers capable of combining these flavors with the delicacy that this beer presents.

O: Exceptional and world class beer with a tiny little hitch..... that hitch is that you better enjoy whiskey. This pulls no punches on the whiskey front. I happen to love it, but i can see how others might feel it is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If this isn't how a cellared beer is supposed to taste after 4 years I'll kiss your ass.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2015 bottle laying around in a store in Houston.

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms, but recedes to nothing in about the same amount of time. Though what I find interesting are the whiskey "legs" that are left behind.
S: Alcohol up front, but quickly changes to milk chocolate. Big barrel and wood aromas with toffee and raisins. This is a big malty boozer and I love it.
T: Follows the nose, but I think everything comes together better. Warming alcohol, barrel and wood. Big chocolate flavors, toffee, figs and raisins. Love it.
M/O: A full body and still has some lively carbonation. Though becomes thick and chewy in the best way after a while. A wonderful warming beer to sip on throughout the night.

No signs of oxidation at all here, just really well put together. With that great big booze and malt character. This really has to be sipped like a Whiskey, but very much spot on. I have always loved the base Old Stock, and has always been great with the barrel treatment. Hugh and warming in the best way. North Coast still nails it.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WellRested518
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Muddy Brown with a touch of amber & a khaki head that fades quickly. Looks like an old ale aged in whiskey barrels.

S- Malted milk balls, Generic licorice bark, toffee, smooth whiskey, & a touch of cherry. A very malty brew for sure.

T/M/O- Sweet & boozy with more licorice & dark chocolate. Something like a chocolate covered cherry cordial overwhelms the palate for a second before being assaulted by booze & butterscotch. The mouthfeel seems thin but brootish... like a barley wine with no hop bitterness.

While this is excessively alcoholic, it doesn't do much for me after the nose. At the same time, this beer gives me exactly what it said it would. In my opinion this is a perfect example of a clean old ale aged in wheat whiskey barrels.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with solid retention, that reduced to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, cherry, red apple, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, and almonds; with light notes of chocolate, cocoa, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, smoke, and yeast/oak earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, cherry, red apple, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, and almonds; with light notes of chocolate, cocoa, butterscotch, leather, tobacco, smoke, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, apricot, cherry, red apple, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, almonds, light chocolate/butterscotch, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very slight oak tannin dryness. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly slick, syrupy, and tannic. Light-moderate increasing warmth of 14.5%, with very mild booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, wheat whiskey barrels, and fruity English yeast. Amazing silky mouthfeel from the barrels. I love the base beer after similar age, but this is a completely different experience altogether. Very similar to the bourbon barrel version, but a bit more boozy. One of the smoothest sipping 14% beers I've had, as with the bourbon barrel version. A really amazing offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maillard
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KShophead
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours dark golden color and dark copper/rusty red/brown color in the glass. The white head faded very fast.
S: big bourbon aroma, some barleywine sweetness; caramel covered raisins
T: big booze from the start, and still heavy bourbon in the middle and thankfully finishes caramel raisins and those flavored linger....awesome!
F: highly carbonated with prickly bubbles. A very boozy beer with some heat on the tonge but not in the after drink and no heat in the throat.
O: good not great because if the huge booze.

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Photo of ccg
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

It's a dense-looking beer, dark brown, translucent. Initially, it has some fizzy, khaki-colored head, but it fades quickly, leaving little sign of carbonation.

The smell is quite boozy. Hints of cinnamon and oak, caramel, vanilla, figs, and raisins.

Similar flavor, similar booziness. Whiskey is strong. Borderline cloying sweetness, a bit more brown sugar.

It feels rich syrupy with sugar, but at the same time the base beer itself feels a bit thin. Syrupy in the beginning but then vapor by end.

After loving Old Stock Ale 2015, I was hoping and even expecting something amazing here that would take it to the next level, and while it adds some complexity, I think it's a bit thin and too sweet.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 83 ratings