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 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:
#263
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
1,089
Liked:
1,059
Avg:
4.41/5
pDev:
7.71%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,089 |  Reviews: 365
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'13 vintage, purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a murky brown, with not much in the way of head or lacing.

This one smells awesome, tons of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and bourbon, just exploding out of the glass.

Once you get to the flavor though, there's some unmistakably strong coconut flavors. It's amazing how they can get such a strong coconut flavor without actually adding any. Magic of the barrels, I guess. This one is a malty dream, so much caramel and brown sugar, with a really rich bourbon flavor folded in. The bourbon is not super strong, and doesn't stand out compared to the other flavors in this one. It's just a nice component. This is definitely sweet, but is elegant enough to never be cloying.

This isn't syrupy, which is nice, it actually has a decently creamy mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation, and a pretty thick body.

I think this is a slight bit better than the brandy variant, but both are fantastic.

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Photo of ThrashMaster
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heysuz
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 16.9 oz. poured into large snifter glasses.

Appearance: Dark rich mahogany color with a medium thick brown head and lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell: Pronounced bourbon smell with hints of toffee and vanilla. Pretty complex layered aroma. Very enticing. Given the hype of the high price point, the smell makes you eager to taste.

Taste: Malty with toffee notes and slight bittersweet chocolate. The strongest influence is the bourbon flavor but surprisingly no real alcohol taste, very crisp and clean. Definitely think this is the best attribute of the beer although it has an outstanding aroma too.

Mouthfeel: Clean strong flavor without an aftertaste that has a smooth almost creamy feel.

Drink: Even though it has a strong bourbon tone it is very easy to drink because of its clean and crisp flavor. I could easily drink a couple more.

Conclusion: Pricy but very enjoyable. While trying not to justify the cost, it is very clean, rich, dessert type ale rather than a football session chug-a-lug beer. Everyone should try it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition, purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney, and shared with @LaitueGonflable comparing it to the 2011 regular Old Stock Ale.

Pours a pleasant deep and slightly hazed red-brown hue, deep like mahogany. Head forms solidly at first, giving a crown of gauzy beige bubbles on the top of the glass, but this settles out to a ring above the thick, toffee-like body. Gelatinously thick in the glass, but very little carbonation, meaning it doesn't effervesce pleasantly when tilted. In all other respects though, it's a very good looking beer.

Nose is spectacularly gorgeous, bringing to bear all the best things about a development in bourbon barrels. Big, smooth, rich sweetness with fragrances of vanilla and toffee. This is balanced by a slight redolent boozy quality, that never gets to sharp or astringent, but adds its potency to the mix, allowing a build up of other complexities. Deep, sweet, luscious. It's a phenomenally good nose.

Taste is similar, with big oaky characters giving vanilla and smoothness, and surprisingly adding very little tannin. The flavours are themselves exceptionally smooth, even though the feel is prickled with a touch of the booziness and a slight fine carbonation. This pleasantly cleans out the palate, without ever compromising the rich sweetness.

Absolutely gorgeous beer, and head and shoulders above the regular edition. This has mellowed, added complexity and integration in equal measures. It leaves it smooth, supple and seductive. This is one sexy fucking beer.

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Photo of SharkNado
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwkdmk
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dumptruck81
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stored for four years under poor conditions.

Appearance:
Pours very light head that dissipates immediately. .The beer is a deep reddish brown that is opaque. Just looking at the beer gives the impression that it's going to be a bit thick to drink. The alcohol is very visible on the glass even though the beer does not leave any lacing.

Smell:
A heavy vanilla smell that dominates any other smell that might be there. The other smell are fruits like dried peach and possibly dried out plum or at least some sort of dark fruit with a hint of alcohol. (Warning: Cellaring this for four years and then sniffing it will get you drunk.).

Taste:
A heavy vanilla presence with a bit of coconut and a sweet malt taste. Very few words can describe how sweet and delicious this beer is. The tongue is completely dominated by sweet malts that stay with you afterwards.

Mouthfeel:
Light but biting carbonation and heavy bodied beer. The beer has a thickness to it that is similar to some of the stronger bourbon aged imperial stouts but not as syrupy. Silky.

Overall:
An absolutely wonderful beer that has aged well over the past four years.

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Photo of olafphysics
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pyite
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 4-20-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured two fingers of foam, foam dissipated quickly. Brown reddish in color, good amount of carbonation present

S – Malty, heavy bourbon notes. Not much hop aroma being picked up

T/M – Smooth bourbon brew with sweet malts. Medium to lighter bodied brew with bourbon driving this bus

D – Excellent brew. Great birthday gift from Shango42. Big thanks for that. Nice easy sipper. Took about an hour to drink this bad boy. Couldn’t do more than a bottle of this. I am sitting on another bottle and very much so looking to see how this brew ages! I recommend picking up one or two and trying it!!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: Formidable deep caramel with a frothy cream head on the pour that dissipates to almost zero. No lacing.
smell: There's the bourbon. Sweet molasses and vanilla. Pleasant and complex.
taste: Oh that's good. I love me some Old Stock and the barrel aging has turned it into a better version of itself.
mouthfeel: Full and satisfying.
drinkability: Like a musclebound and sophisticated nice guy. Very smooth and mellow for such a big beer. BTW, my 09' bottle has this at just over 13% (not the 14.6 listed here).
I was hoping this wouldn't be so good so I wouldn't have to shell at $20+ for more....

Edit - 1/20/13: Sadly, i'm drinking the last bottle I stored away. Upped the overall to a 5. Amazing brew. So, mellow after 2 years. Lots of discussion around this guy being overpriced but I figure it's comparable to a great bottle of wine and in comparison it's actually cheap.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bolivian22
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Givemebeer
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep red brownish color. Head fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits.

T: Follows the nose with the addition of a tiny bit of coconut. Malty goodness. This is heavenly.

M: Medium bodied and silky smooth. The sweetness of it lingers and I wish it never left me.

O: Worth the high price charged and could probably be cellared a few more years, but doesn't need to be. Bottle is attractive you can tell that North Coast is proud of this beauty. Definitely a good purchase.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EEscobar
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 05Harley
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, corked and caged

Purchased through Westlakeview Liquor's, Chicago, Illinois

Price - 24.99/bottle

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a 1 inch soda pop head that fades fast. No legs to speak of. In fact in a matter of minutes there's no sign of any bubbles ever being present. Upon close inspection one can see tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass and burst at the surface.

Smell: Pop the cork and BAM! Big hit of chocolate and bourbon immediately hits the nose followed by caramel and wood. This beer's aroma screams "enjoy me"!

Taste: Starts out sweet and quickly reveals the complex character it truely is. vanilla, raisins, caramel, ripe fruit and a touch of brown sugar. A gentle taste of bourbon rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to syrupy feel. No carbonation but it suits this one. A pleasent burn going down with a nice warming sensation. My taste buds just keep begging for more.

Drinkability: Delicious and well done. A beer I would shoot pool with in a bar on a Friday night. I would definitely not hesitate to finish a 750ml if it was offered. And probably stupid enough to try a second. My only complaint is the price and size...

Enjoyed another bottle of this the summer of 2014 with my son Bryan along with Firestone Walker 14, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Bourban County Stout and this one blew his mind.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage brought out at a super night out on the patio - thanks for hosting Viggo and thanks to Ian for the bottle! I'm not much for reviewing at social gatherings but hard to pass this one up.

Great looking ceramic bottle, pour is a dark brown with hints of amber, small head with just a touch of lace.

The smell is amazing - loaded up with bourbon and oaky vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, leather. A touch of dark fruits. Smells super yummy. Smooth flavor, just sultry in the mouth. Again, loads of bourbon and vanilla but they don't overwhelm the base which has some great dark fruits, nuts, leather, a hint of earth and tobacco, toffee going on. Just a hint of alcohol but mostly you're aware of the size of it through the full, round body that suits this beer to a tee.

A fantastic treat on a good night. Definitely not going to pass this up if I see it again.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked & caged bottle served in a snifter.
2009 vintage.

FWIW, review #250.

pours a translucent chestnut/mahogany tone with ruby red highlights; yields a rapidly lapsing 1" foamy tan head. a bit of patchy lacing but really nothing to write home about on that front. nose though is fantastic; a no holds barred bourbon bomb - clearly the centerpiece here, with everything else being almost complementary. secondary notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses.

mmm, taste follows the nose well, imparting huge flavors of the bourbon, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, and a touch of molasses. wow, pretty amazing stuff... dare i say exceptional. the finish is a bit boozy but at north of 13% ABV i think that's got to be expected. medium plus bodied mouthfeel with carbonation that is slightly above average for the style.

overall this is a truly outstanding beer. fairly cost prohibitive at ~$24 for the 500ml bottle, but if you're looking for a special occasion brew, this one will not disappoint.

originally reviewed: 04-05-2011

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Photo of foogerd
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML dark khaki/brown ceramic bottle.

A- Dee p mahagony opaque body some tan head which dies out and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smells like the Gods of bourbon left me an early christmas present. Theres tons of this sweet delicious bourbon character that takes on so many forms. I get chocolate bourbon, vanilla,melted milk chocolate and raisins soaked in bourbon. The nose is definitely a harbinger of great things to come.

T- Much sweeter than I expected, but a huge wave of sugary sweet bourbon hits you. Totally balanced nothing out of whack here. I even taste some smokiness and wood character, I would imagine thats due to the barrel aging. Alcohol is not harsh here at all, it does let you know its there but in a way that complements the bourbon. I really dont see room for improvement this totally sold me.

M- Definitely a bit of thick chewiness character here but not in any way comparable to a bourbon barrel aged stout. Very smooth on the palette a pleasure to drink.

D- Yes the abv is high but its totally drinkable. This one is going to hurt your wallet I picked it up for 23.95, but it is something that has wowed me for the first time in a long time. Worth seeking out.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.2% out of 100 with 1,089 ratings
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