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

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.16%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vintages: 2005, 2009, 2013

Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#365
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
1,113
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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279
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Photo of GlennWB
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste is caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, plums, figs and bourbon.

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

O - This is a killer BBA Old Ale. This is deceptively drinkable at 14.1%. A nice slow sipper,

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Photo of Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 reviewed in late 2018.

Pours a dark, nutty brown with half a finger of khaki fizzy head. Head is fizzy and dissipates quickly. Aroma is bourbon, char, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and roasted, caramel, and toasted malts. It smells decidedly dark, with the bourbon hitting the nose first, and is immediately followed by complex and twisty sweet and bitter notes. It's like a SWAT team kicking down the door to aggressively deliver a hearty glass of bonded bourbon. The stage is set for a big, big flavor profile. Flavor profile is decadent, encompassing several levels. First, it hits notes of sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, and light burnt sugar before fading slowly into slightly bitter roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. Bourbon is running the mixer board, slowly cranking the bourbon from 1 at the start to 10 at the finale. It's smooth throughout the entire flavor profile. A little bit of char kisses the back of the throat and is mellowed by a soft caramel candy note. Decadent and dynamic. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a surprisingly smooth feel (although this bottle has been well aged). It slips down smoothly, with the loaded ABV tucked cleaning into bed. Overall, superb, splendid, and supreme. This drinks smooth - dangerously smooth. This bottle has aged beautifully, which is a compliment both to the quality of the beer, but also the quality of the packaging. Magnificent.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of moundbz
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color. The aroma is quite nice - bourbon, brown sugar, fruits & malts. The taste is incredibly smooth and a great balance of caramel, brown sugar, malts and bourbon. The feel is medium body. Overall - really good

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Photo of shelby415
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep brown color, burgundy hues, thick and fairly opaque with a finger of bone colored head that has no retention and yields only a spot or two of lace. The aroma is nice, tons of caramel, brown sugar, smooth bourbon, nice charred oak barrel, light vanilla, stone fruits and tons of rich grain. The flavors are spectacular, super smooth and decadent with plenty of brown sugar and caramel, ample dark grains, bourbon barrel is great, smooth and with a nice oaky profile, light char and roast but there is a beautiful marshmallow and vanilla layer that lingers well. The mouthfeel is very good, heavy medium body, coating and smooth with a nice lively carbonated texture and a warm but easy finish.

Verdict: A very good Old Ale from North Coast. The bourbon really brings out some great nuances in the base beer and the balance of flavors is superb. Perhaps one of the all time sleeper beers, so delicious.

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at BitterCreek, 2009 vintage. Mahogany pour,small thin head. Bourbon, boozy aroma, some vanilla and molasses. Taste comes on sweet, rich malts, caramel wooden barrel flavors. Big, bold, boozy classic old ale.

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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This has been resting for a while in my beercellar.

Clear mahogony colored beer with a thin head.
Nose: Bautiful! Bourbon barrel, oak, raisin, plum, ripe fruit, nuts, vanilla, caramel malt and dark syrup.
Taste: Fudge, vanilla, bourbon, oak, nuts, marzipan and brown sugar.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation.
Boozy and warming. A great sipper!

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

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smbslt
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 version
L - Red walnut with ruby highlights. Not much of a head but the few nucleation points released strands of carbonation replenishing the one bubble wide ring. No lacing but created wine legs
S - Bourbon wafts at arms length, with raisins and charred wood filling in the gaps.
T - Bourbon with a little resinous - seems to lack (or lost its) complexity.
F - Very smooth with the alcohol creating a cozy warm glow.
O - Rare treat at this end of the spectrum.

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Photo of bobhits
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Speed review on this.

2013 bottle had December 25th 2017.

Pour is brown, aged, old ale look. Dense without being syrupy and not much carbonation.

Old ale smell with vanilla and burnt caramel notes. Fruity, cognac, perhaps even a touch of sherry.

A mix of sherry, cognac, burnt caramel, vanilla, and a lot of old/dark fruits that haven't turned just yet.

Drinks far smoother and faster than it should.

Anyway this is a nice beer, at 23 or so it's pushing it. I wouldn't buy again, but it was nice to get this with some age on it. I would not want too much more age, another year max before it'll turn a bit imo.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of carmike813
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,113 ratings