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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Old Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #331
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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mhksuccess from California

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on NYE from bottle poured into snifter glass
the cork comes pop out of the bottle like a champagne boom
the appearance is nice reddish color little head
the smell is amazing overwhelming bourbon and boozy smell
the taste somewhat differ although it is still overwhelming bourbon
followed by a toffee and slight hint of vanilla but I tend to
not find it all that boozy for a 13% + beer granted it has a little age on it now
the mouthfeel is smooth and it definite a slow drinker
the only downfall to this beer is the price as it is $20 + for 500 ML but
as with anything in life nothing good is free
so I would definite buy again actually I am sitting on another bottle lol
but would recommend if you havent tried and have a chance you must

Jan 03, 2013
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near opaque, muddy brown color, with no real head to speak of and almost no apparent carbonation, alcohol clings to the glass
S: Holy shit that is a lot of bourbon on the nose, notes of caramel and wood, very nice but quite dominating, there is a touch of a cheese-like pungency there but I suspect that's just the alcohol
T: bourbon, alcohol, caramel and some dark fruit, and butterscotch (maybe) with hints of coffee quite hot as a beer more so than stronger beers that I have had, quite sticky and a tad bitter, (though that could just be the astringency of the alcohol), the bourbon and caramel/butterscotch sweetness are definitely the dominating notes here
M: not nearly as sticky as you would think, but then again the mouthfeel is the only thing about this beer that is not heavy as hell
O: Holy shit this beer is heavy, I've had heavier beer that didn't feel this heavy, it's quite hot too. I don't mind boozy beer, but they don't do much to mask it and I think they might could do a little bit more. That being said, it is very good and worth a drink, bit I feel like it's missing something, not quite sure what. It is very good though, but a bit over priced.

Jan 09, 2017
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ccg from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, opened 2017-03-10 after a year or so in the cellar.

It pours dark brown but not opaque. A surprisingly fizzy head dissipates in a matter of seconds. It does briefly show some lacing before the head completely disappears. After a couple minutes, it looks completely flat.

For an Old Ale, the smell is excellent. There is tons of malty caramel and brown sugar and some yeastiness. It also has a strong backbone of oak. I think that the bourbon characteristics blend so well with the sweet malty caramel of the Old Stock Ale base that the oak from the bourbon barrel comes across as a separate note.

The flavor is similarly dominated by malty caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. To me, it comes across as just a bit cloying. The flavor has a bit of a overly sweet, syrupy characteristic that's not quite as pleasing as the smell. Nevertheless, it's still a sweet, delicious, bourbon and caramel treat.

The mouthfeel is the one place where this beer falls short. It feels very thin, especially for something that tastes so syrupy and that has a 14% ABV.

Overall, it's quite a nice beer and an interesting twist on the base Old Stock Ale. However, at ~$25 for a 500ml bottle that comes across as thin and a bit cloying, I think the base Old Stock Ale is still the way to go. You get the same characteristics with less overpowering sweetness and alcohol and at a much more reasonable price. It's a great beer that's worth trying once, but probably only once.

Mar 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

at long last i finally got to try this one. what a beer, almost entirely indistinguishable from the regular old stock, the barrel influence on this is huge, and bourbon flavors abound. its deep amber to mahogany in color, with a rusty off white head on it that clings to the edges of the glass as it slowly recedes. tons of oak and sweet bourbon on the nose, mixing an already caramel forward smell with dense sweet malt. booze seems restrained for the listed abv, but that changes with a little temperature. more oak than char on the barrel side of things in smell and taste, molasses and rich crystal malt, and some semi english yeast strain thats done all it could do. impressive depth on this, and still a pretty well hidden strength, although its warming going down for sure. i get interesting flavors of cedar and even cinnamon on the tail end of this, tied up in candy sugar and corn mashed spirit. surprisingly lively on the palate, definitely coating, but well enough carbonated for what it is, especially being a 2013 bottle. looking at the page here, it looks like they do a rye, a brandy, and a wheated in this series. i loved the bourbon one, but it makes me thirsty for these others. i think this falls somewhere near the english barleywine category, but its not like any of the other special strong ales, and despite my resistance, it really is worth the price of admission!

Aug 25, 2015
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uvachief from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle drank in April of 2015. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Aggressive pour resulted in a full finger of head that quickly dissipated. Golden orange brown color that is more orange than brown. Light penetrates it. Lots of carbonation appears present. Smells of bourbon, mild malts and dark fruit. Taste is very very complex. Bourbon whiskey (not true KY straight bourbon) then dark fruits like raisins, plumbs or dates. Then hints of caramelized sugars with malts, vanilla, oak and a host of other subtle flavors. Big boozy burn going down. Burn is significant but beer is smooth. Powerful ale. ABV is huge. But the complex flavors help beat it down. Finishes with dark fruit and bourbon. After one glass, you feel it. Don't drink and drive on this one. Now I know why it is a 500ml bottle. 6-8 oz pours would make a lot of sense. Feel is pretty thin - it is an ale - but it does have an odd lingering chewy taste. An EXCELLENT ale aged in bourbon barrels. Can't wait to try the one aged in brandy barrels.

Apr 14, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a large snifter shaped glass

Pours with surprising coarse carbonation, small fast-fading head, very active carbonation. Sort of a grayish brown color, somewhat cloudy (I poured to the last drop, so any sediment is mixed in with my beer at this point). Smell is alcoholic, damp, dark fruits like overripe cherries. Interesting.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, especially up front, but the alcohol really kicks you in the teeth at the end. It doesn't really detract from the beer (since that's pretty much an aspect of the style). I actually get a crazy mixture of fruit, and I can't identify much out of it, although I think I get a lot of black licorice or anise flavor, too.

Mouthfeel is rather thick and sticky, but somewhat lightened by the carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

Apr 17, 2011
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 12, 2015
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TJRoar from Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 18, 2015
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 07, 2018
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Oct 20, 2012
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BillHilly from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Sep 14, 2014
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Beerandboards from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 05, 2015
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Eddiehop from Texas

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 26, 2015
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jjanega08 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Cellar Reserve 13.16% ABV

A= A vigerous pour reveils a nice large three finger head with large bubbles that fall fast with little lacing. The color out of the bottle is rather light but in the glass it looks a dark brown almost black color. The heads color is an off white color.

S= The taste is huge toffee and sweet caramel. Not caramel malt but candy caramel. There is a good vanilla aspect to it and a little oaky wood. Not much heat coming from it. Actually smells a lot like sticky toffee pudding. Really nice smell. Makes my mouth water.

T= The taste is very reminicent of a vanilla coca cola. Tons of cola flavor. Not much head coming from it at all which is suprising because I've heard this is rather hot. There is a good bit of vanilla and toffee but mostly cola. I'm actually finding it difficult to move past the cola taste. There is a bit of straight bourbon on the finish with an exhale. The exhale reminds me of a sip of a bourbon and water.

M= A little too high on the carbonation I would day. It's not bad at all and in a way it's actually plesant. Just a tad too scrubby. Also maybe a tad to dry.

D= This is a very interesting beer. Very very much like cola with a touch of bourbon. I've never had the regualr old stock but this has inspired me to check it out. A tasty beer that I found maybe a little boring.

Feb 12, 2011
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KevSal from California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the bottle looks really cool (wish it was a 750ml though!)

A- wasnt to impressed with the head, it was their briefly, looked exactly like coca cola. the let down ends there. deep mahogany, amber red color, dark brown around the edges.

S- smells delicious, reminds me a bit of Cherry Adam. lots of caramel and vanilla. you can smell the presence of old stock.

T- didnt believe the hype, holy SH!T this guy taste great, super smooth. the flavor is everything you want from a bourban aged ale. its grabbed all the wood, bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. i honestly cant see this guy tasting any better.

m- perfect mouthfeel here too, the flavors release as it rolls around the tongue. very thick but not to syrupy.

d- 13.5% and its extremely drinkable. had to knock it down a notch because of the crazy price. however that being said im probably going to buy atleast another to age for a while. dammit why is this stuff so expensive!

if you can get passed the steep price tag go for it, it wont dissapoint

Mar 14, 2011
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olliegaff from North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 18, 2012
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jkhobbs99 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 23, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 generously shared by Chico. Review from notes.

A- Dark red brown body poured into a pint glass with an unexpectedly large off white head The cap fizzes out fairly quickly and a cloud remains, not much lace.

S- Opens up with a pretty big deep caramel nose and some subdued whiskey and oak notes,  nice vanilla and sugar maple hints.

T- Intense raisin spice flavor builds with the classic old stock caramel backbone, bourbon and oak comes and goes but adds nice oak, whiskey and vanilla notes.

Mf- Surprising fizzy foamy high carbonation, oily and fairly warm.

Really opens with warmth, oak and Bourbon and caramel syrup, love old stock and with bourbon it's pretty awesome.

Feb 12, 2012
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Rutager from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 30, 2015
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nollie77 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2015
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BoljaBoy52 from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mar 14, 2015
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy dark fruit, bourbon and malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Full complex bourbon and toffee malt with a long complex finish with a small alcohol bite of long duration. This is a standout brew.

Jul 12, 2011
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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yoitsarch from California

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 21, 2012
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slipperysoup from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Jul 02, 2014
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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