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

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)
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Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
14.44%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 5.95%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
93
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels)
Notes: 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.
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, wow! Can't wait.

This beer pours dark soft brown with essentially no head - just a thin khaki-colored film of carbonation and bubbles.

The smell consists of whiskey and raisins mostly. Brown sugar and vanilla appear too.

The flavor is a little syrupy and medicinal, but not overly so. The prominent flavors are raisin bread, cherry, rye, whiskey, and caramel. Burnt sugar, vanilla, and orange peel appear. There's an old fashioned flavor throughout.

The consistency is a little syrupy but has a light carb. The finish is more whiskey and raisin bread.

Overall, I expected good things, and this just about meets those expectations. It's not a phenomenal beer, but it's a very good beer. I suspect that the age took away some of the mouth-feel characteristics, but the flavors really shine here. It follows a classic English old ale profile, but with the added extra of wheat whiskey.

Apr 24, 2020
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version poured into a tulip glass. A dark brown with ruby highlights, with no head or lace. Aroma is dark fruit, fig, whiskey, mild chocolate and vanilla. The taste is glorious ( cue Will Farrell voice) , in line with the nose but with amped up sweetness and a touch of heat. Barrel and vanilla fig forward. Carbonation low, the feel is medium heavy. An excellent slow sipper. May want to share.

Nov 03, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an Old English Ale Aged in Wheat Whiskey Barrels for two years, ABV 14.50%. It is tasty, it has a relatively

light body, but it is strong stuff so watch out.


Look: dark brown with a finger thick mocca colored head

Aroma: dark bread and whiskey.

Taste: The flavor is raisin bread, caramel, and lots of whiskey. It is a great sipping beer, not for chugging.

Body/Overall: medium body, relatively easy drinking

Oct 20, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a semi-opaque, amber color with a small, off white head of foam that quickly dissipated. It smelled of rye, booziness and malt. Sweet and boozy with a toffee backbone.

Jan 11, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Nov 15, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Sep 29, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Jul 22, 2018
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Pontzie from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Apr 07, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Feb 03, 2018
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WellRested518 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Jan 11, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 23, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Apr 04, 2017
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Mar 17, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy caramel mahogany in color. It poured with only a thin beige collar around the edge of the glass, dying down even more and leaving only a few small bubbles around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of oaky flavors of vanilla from the barrel aging, with less of the whiskey flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warmth from the alcohol.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, particularly with the wheat whiskey as it wasn't dominated by traditional "whiskey" flavors and had more of the oak and vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2014 (Whiskey BA)
500mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2014


A: Pours a very murky, nearly opaque dark mahogany. Some ruby hues when held to light. Small super fizzy light tan head dissipates down almost immediately. Leaves no lacing. 3.75

S: Aroma is malty, lots of caramel, some booze. Dark fruits, candied sugar. Decent amount of barrel notes with a nice charred oak and a whisky booziness. 4.25

T: Taste quite good, with huge whiskey characters right off of the bat. Whiskey is pretty much dominate, although there are some base beer characters on the finish including burnt caramel, subtle dark fruits, and unsweetened cocoa. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation is on the higher end for the style but not bad, ABV is noticeable but very restrained for 14% +. Drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Overall this is a very good beer. I will say the whiskey characters are a bit overwhelming to the rest of the beer and you don’t get many of the wonderful base beer characters. I would definitely enjoy this one again in the future, but I like the ’13 Bourbon barrel variant was more as I thought it was more balanced and complex. 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a modest head that fritters away; just a few spots of lacing

Smell: Caramel, spun sugar, fig and the Wheat Whiskey barrel treatment; hint of vanilla

Taste: Caramel forward, with fig and raisin tones building; spun sugar and vanilla tones arrive, through the middle, with the Wheat Whiskey barrel bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity and the Wheat Whiskey is certainly unusual; I liked it but it was a bit too sweet for my palate

Dec 29, 2016
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gobuccos from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad beer laws changed in Ohio, found on a shelf here. Dark brown in color. Smell is pure whiskey. Taste is also high in whiskey. Very warming beer. Will seek out another bottle of this one.

Dec 10, 2016
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember what a pleasant surprise the 2009 Old Stock aged in bourbon barrels was. As the base beer is quite delicious in itself, the barrel aged treatments have always impressed (the 2005 brandy was amazing as well). Needless to say, with a $22 price tag, I have passed up the more recent barrel aged 500ml treatments as the cost was hard to justify. However, due to a recent raise at work, I thought I'd splurge a bit. Split between myself and my neighbor (friend) outside fireside on a glorious fall night. Pours a rather mahogany murky color with low amounts of carbonation. Very little to almost no head with a vigorous pour. The aroma smacks you with candied brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits such as raisins and figs, with a nice oak whiskey aroma. The flavor is spot on to the nose. I personally have grown to enjoy a more alcohol forward beer (when barrel aged) and this does not disappoint. The wheat whiskey is prevalent, though not overburdening or harsh. The next flavor I get is candied prunes, raisins, figs, etc. At the end is vanilla, oak, and some tobacco. The flavors meld perfectly and with the smoke and warmth of the fire, I can't imagine many other suitable beers for such an occasion. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with lower carbonation, though it is indeed present. A wonderful beer. The older I become, and the longer I have been in the "craft beer" scene, the less I [inadvertently] allow hype to drive my reviews. This beer was utterly fantastic on all fronts, and North Coast once again shows how wonderful their barrel aged beers are. Cheers!

Oct 31, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle. Murky brown amber body. No head. Smells of oak, bourbon, and brown sugar. Smells pretty sweet. Tastes as sweet as they get. Brown sugar. Bourbon. Lots of oak. Cuts some sugar, but it’s still every sweet. Heavy and sluggish. Low carbonation. Tasty, but it took a long time to drink.

Jul 10, 2016
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Josh012012 from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This series of beers has long been one of my favorites and this one did not disappoint at all! perhaps even exceeded its successors.. amazing! Expensive for how much you get but after trying I am going to buy more if able!

Jun 24, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Dark, mostly clear garnet-Ruby with a frothy cream head on the pour that dissipates to almost zero. No lacing.
smell: Caramel and vanilla, whiskey and oak decadence, a tad richer than even the Rye version.
taste: Just as great as the nose advertises. Caramel bourbon decadence. A little sweeter and richer than the Rye.
Expensive and worth every penny.

May 08, 2016
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Wolberjs from California

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks delusions like all beer. Dark caramel in color with a thin head hat disappears after a bit. The best description of the nose I can think of is aggressive but somehow balanced. Whiskey, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit (prunes?). Tastes is caramel and dark fruit and chocolate. All the whiskey in the nose is there but blended in with the other flavors. Not the burn I expected from the nose. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side and oily. The lesser of the beers components. Overall a terrific beer, but admittedly I love the barrel aged old stocks.

Apr 19, 2016
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beerhan from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it takes a real special beer to bring me out of retirement and review one.

A-Pours a dark amber with a one finger frothy cocoa head

S-Dark fruits, a hint of whiskey and oak from the barrel. Reminds me a of cognac actually, fantastic

T-Caramel hits your tongue followed by a lovely whiskey finish. Chewy dates and molasses, soaked in whiskey

F-thick, syrupy, quite the elixir

O-This is amazing, very rich and chewy, reminds me kuhnhenn BB4D a bit. Little pricey (22.99/500mL picked up at party source in KY). Solid beer, alcohol is not hidden, just delicious

Apr 16, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the yearly anticipation of the North Coast's Cellar Reserve program, it leaves their embibers with the excitement that becomes the adult equivalent to Christmas morning. And the second of two releases, each aged in different barrels, this "wheat whisky" version gives its fans great cause for comparison and celebration

This wheat whiskey barrel-aged version pours with a bright garnet hue and brilliant chestnut clarity. Its gentle froth dissolves quickly, but gets the aromatics going with a breadth of succulence that tease the nose maple, molasses, dark fruit and toasted savory fragrances and is bold with whiskey and oak nuances. With the sweetness of blackstrap molasses, marshmallow and the candied taste drawing the ire of circus peanuts splash onto the tongue with its decadent array of tastes

And with complete saturation of the tastebuds coming on quick, the full array of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, butter pecan and syrup wraps the tongue in a sweet and savory cocoon. Fruity with dark and vinous taste, suggestions of cherry, rhubarb, 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 the same dry and leather taste as does the rye whisky version.

Full bodied and pleasantly syrupy, the ale is proportioned toward the port and sherry level of complexity and body- just as well suited for after dinner digestive as its rye-accented cousin. Succulently sweet and complex, the beer's finish is maltier and breadier with those marshmallow and confectioner's pulled candy flavor, rather than with the husken and bristly bite of its rye whisky counterpart.

Mar 15, 2016
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Greasy from Kentucky

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured side by side with Old Stock Cellar Reserved aged in Rye Whisky. I won't go into extreme detail of each but will say that this one had a cloudier brownish-red appearance, softer nose, sweeter taste, smoother finish, and overall was an excellent old ale. Is it better than the Rye version? Too close to tell. Both are exceptional.

Feb 11, 2016
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Wheat Whiskey Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 93 ratings