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: 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:
#258
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
1,105
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Photo of craftbeersweden
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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Photo of StoutSnob40
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

Photo of rabbott2
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaypeajus
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, no head. Smells like toffee and maraschino cherries over southern comfort. Taste follows my nose plus a dash of prune juice. Dry at front, Mild tartness and then a thick malt coats my mouth, smooth finish. Overall I had higher hopes...but it is really good.

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Photo of Ostpies
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. I don't know if improperly cellared, or just the year, but I was expecting more. Not bad, but not overwhelming either.

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

Photo of fern22
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of bbtkd
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Stock Ale 2013, 13.16% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and deep brown, with a half-finger off-white head. Nose is sweet, malty, and bourbony. Taste follows, with very little bitterness, some oaky dryness, and moderate alcohol heat. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I liked regular Old Stock Ale, and this is certainly a step up.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 1,105 ratings