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

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #4
Ranked #465
4.41 | pDev: 7.71%
Dec 09, 2021
Jun 03, 2007
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
Notes: Vintages: 2005, 2009, 2013
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4.11 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
4.4 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on May 11, 2021
3.45 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 24, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Old Stock Cellar Reserve pours brown, with no head. Rich aroma, sugary sweet, with lots of bourbon. Flavor is sweet, sugary, sharp malty flavors, and noticeable bourbon flavors, with a warm finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very rich, candy sugary flavors, with bourbon. Great to sip.

Aug 03, 2020
3.58 by DudeBeerYaBro from California on Jun 17, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

2017 Cellar Reserve, so this baby was nearly three years old when I opened it.

Pours a lovely brownish copper color with honey edges and over a finger of head. The nose is malty, bready and biscuity. The flavor follows the nose but it is more muted than I expected. No bourbon flavor was discernible. Perhaps this sat a wee bit too long.

The alcohol has certainly been tamed by the long dormancy.

May 01, 2020
4.43 by shadyside from Georgia on Apr 09, 2020
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4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

2013 vintage, 14.1% abv

Pours a deep murky mahogany with a small tan head that reduces to a ring quickly, some particulate floating about

Aromas of chewy caramel malts, figs, dates, dark roast coffee, light bourbon punch. Boozy and sweet, highly intriguing

Deeply complex in flavor, this evolves throughout each sip and even in the middle of a sip. The big dark fruit presence starts it off before a huge wave of toffee, brown sugar, and molasses rush over the tongue with a bit of stinging barrel wood to back it up. The finish brings it back to that dark fruit, chewy with a chocolate like sweetness, long and contemplative, amazing

More carbonation than I would've expected, but this is a full bodied babe right here. It's heavy and finishes sweet and robust, just as a beer of this size should

Despite the less than stellar looks, this thing amazed me. So full of flavor and character, I would love for them to brew this again so I can try it fresh, as opposed to having 7 years on it. It is the oldest beer I've ever had up to this point by a long shot, but it's crazy how well this has held up. Absolutely worth the $7 price tag and I would gladly pay more, I wanna pick more up for special ocassions

Mar 28, 2020
4.46 by spark3148857 from Ohio on Mar 19, 2020
4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2020
4.61 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Feb 15, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

2013 vintage -

Pours amber red with a light khaki colored foam head that eventually dissipates. Smells fruity, light and sweet, like dried fruits and bourbon. Tastes sweet upfront and ends fairly dry with notes of dried fruits, apricot, fig, prune, yellow raisin, cherry pit, red plum skin, light red grape, woody oak barrel, smooth bourbon, some marshmallowy vanilla, caramel, fruity molasses, toasty toffee, hints of chocolate, cedar, mild spice, leather, tobacco, cigar box, with earthy leafy hops. Feels medium-fuller bodied, thick, slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice bourbon barrel aged old stock ale.

Feb 05, 2020
5 by zvanwink from Kentucky on Jan 19, 2020
4.51 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2020
4.47 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2020
4.59 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Dec 29, 2019
4.6 by gardner254 from Ohio on Aug 20, 2019
4.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Aug 16, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

This is a truly wonderful slow sipping beer. Like good raisin bread it is heavy but so difficult not to sip more of. A great dessert.

Look: Murky dark brown with a finger thick off-white head

Aroma: raisin bread and whiskey

Taste: The flavor is sweet raisin bread, caramel, and lots of whiskey.

Body/Overall: medium to full body

Jul 24, 2019
4.2 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 02, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It is brown with a bit of hazing. It has a tan head with no head retention.

Smell: The initial aromas are of toffee and molasses with bourbon notes mixed in. The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma with some sherry like elements. There are very low notes of dried fruit.

Taste: The initial flavors are highlighted by bourbon mixed with molasses and toffee. The alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor. There is a background flavor from chocolate and dried fruits. It also has a slight sherry like quality to it.

Feel: It has a full body, but it is not quite chewy in texture. The alcohol is slightly hot on the palate. The carbonation is very low.

Overall, a complex array of flavors and aromas that blend well together.

Jun 08, 2019
4.9 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2019
4.75 by admonster00 from Illinois on Apr 29, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

2013 version, paid $19.99 for a 500mL bottle at Prost in North Hampton, NH. ABV 14.1%

Served slightly chilled in a tulip while grilling a fat steak.

L: A gentle pour gives 1 finger of taupe fizz which dissipates quickly on top of a clear tawny brown brew which displays ample carbonation.
S: It smells old. Similar to the aged oxidized sugar smell from aged madeira or dry sherry. Alcohol is fairly apparent but not unwelcome. Some notes of fresh cut oak.
T: Toasty tawny oxidized sugars, vanilla, EtOH spiciness, oaky bourbon and vanilla notes long in the finish.
F: A great balance between sugary thickness and sharp carbonation.

O: Refined and bold. A great sipper to keep me warm outside in front of the grill on this blustery winter evening. However I think it may be beyond peak age. Complexity is lacking and the sugars are thoroughly oxidized. Your mileage may vary depending how your bottle was stored and cared for. Mine was directly from the store today, so I have no insight on this point.

Mar 03, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hopley from Massachusetts

2013 version, 14.4% ABV, drank February, 2019.

Look - dark brown with a bit of tan head, a tiny swirl that lasted.

Smell - Bourbon and alcohol, hits you in the face right after you pop the cork out.

Taste - Bourbon and alcohol complemented with toffee, brown sugar and figs. Not bitter, more on the smoother side of things as it warms.

Feel - The slight burn kinda masked any real feel, but I'd give it a medium mouth feel.

Overall - Really nice sipper. Psyched that this beer held up so well as I've been keeping it in not the most optimal conditions over the years.

Feb 24, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois


Jan 25, 2019
4.63 by GlennWB from West Virginia on Nov 24, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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,

Oct 21, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Sep 20, 2018
5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Sep 13, 2018
4.38 by moundbz from North Dakota on Sep 03, 2018
4.1 by dental from Massachusetts on Jun 15, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 11, 2018
4.31 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 04, 2018
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Apr 30, 2018
4.77 by RDW from Nebraska on Apr 08, 2018
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Mar 25, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by kevanb from Illinois

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.

Mar 10, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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.

Mar 06, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

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!

Feb 15, 2018
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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