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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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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ed for this one!

Served in a tulip glass, this beer is a crystal clear amber that glows a ruby port when held to the light. Head dissipates to a thin collar quickly while micro-bubbles break on the surface.

Smells of sweet biscuits and toasted marshmallows with a strong sting of oaky bourbon. There's a dry touch of earth and leather in the background along with a nice touch of alcohol.

The flavor was surprisingly subdued considering how present the aroma was. The taste seems dominated by a CO2 numbness that dissolves into sweet touches of caramel, sweet whole grain crackers and the oaky bourbon. Upon further review, this one seems to slip right over the tip of the tongue to engage deeper in the mouth. Perhaps a less intensive sip is in order to let this one really unfold.

Feels far more fizzy than anticipated: distractingly so. There I was expecting a dense and sweet sipper, this one foams up on the tongue to the point where I couldn't at times feel the denseness of the beer. I gave this many a swirl to get the CO2 levels down so that I could actually enjoy the delicate flavors. The alcohol seems to leave my mouth a bit numb!

Overall a tasty sipper. The CO2 and alcohol presence was a bit much for me, but it's still a nice treat.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is boozy. No, seriously. Like drinking Bourbon boozy. This has more in common flavor wise with Bourbon than with beer. It's the reason I couldn't rate it any higher, because outside of the booziness, the flavors are quite nice.

It is a dark slick brown color, with no head or lacing. It is dominated by caramel with layers of dates, raisins, oak, and nuts in the background.

Would not revisit. Just not my thing, even though it was well made for what it is. This is straying pretty far from what I would consider beer to be.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

2.5 A: Murky plum color. Less than one finger of foamy beige head. Retention is poor, but this beer is big so that is expected. No lacing left. Medium sized particulates floating throughout.

3.75 S: Boozy bourbon kicks this off. Lots of leather, toffee, prune, date, fig, and black currants. Raisin and tobacco with toffee and caramel on the second tier. Oak and vanilla on the third. It smells pretty good, and it has the requisite aromas, but it's missing that x-factor, whatever that means.

4.0 T: Raisin and tobacco gain some strength in the taste. These are quickly followed by the fruits mentioned above and the leather. Oak and vanilla without any tannic astringency. Sticky toffee then some layers of caramel. For a beer this big with so many flavors going on, it is drier than expected. Still, tastes pretty good.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Low moderate carbonation. Light stickiness and just the slightest velvety texture, but lacking creaminess.

3.75 D: It's good, but it's criminally overpriced, which is the norm for NC. It's not good enough to buy another.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle (on sale for $16.99 at Whole Foods in Portland, ME) poured into snifter.

A: Pours a deep shade of plum with ruby highlights. 1.5 finger tan head settles quickly into a flat slick as expected.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, caramel. Sweetness.

T: Raison, toffee and caramel. Warmed sugar and quite a bit of alcohol make up the latter half of this one. Nice, but also quite cloying.

M: Thick and syrupy. Carbonation is low, yet it creams up nicely.

O: I'm having a hard time understanding the massive amount of praise that comes along with this beer. It's certainly a nice barley wine/old ale, but it's also quite hot and somewhat of a mess. I enjoyed it, but I have no intention on grabbing another bottle for the cellar given it's ridiculous price of admission.

Good, but over-priced.

Edit: Forgot to mention that one impressive factor of this beer is that it truly is a different animal from the original old stock. So there's that, which is nice.

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Photo of afausser
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours really bubbly and fizzy, with the appearance of soda. Head fades just as quickly, with fine and fast-moving streams of carbonation. A ring of bubbles is all that remains around the edge of the glass, and it still really has the appearance of soda. Very odd. Side by side of the non-barrel aged is, as expected, with slightly more persistent head and far less carbonation.

Smell: excellent, heavy bourbon, caramel, and nicely blended oak notes. Some expected dark fruit notes, particularly prune and raisin. Much stronger and more dominant than the non-aged version, though reminds me of the non-barrel aged with a few years on it.

Taste: Honestly it's hard to get beyond the alcohol heat and the awful mouthfeel, but caramel and dark fruit notes shine through. Obviously a fair amount of oaky bourbon, even more than in the nose. Not incredibly well-blended, and I expect better from North Coast.

The mouthfeel really just ruins the taste. Foamy and gross. Would rather just have an 07 non-barrel aged version. Awful.

This is really difficult to drink, though not ridiculously so for the ABV. If it calms down after the

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Photo of teromous
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2013 Cellar Reserve 14.1% in a 500ml bottle

Appearance: Dark very murky brown body with fervent carbonation that tries to sustain an off-yellow head that dissipates as quickly as it forms. It leaves no head shortly after pouring.

Aroma: It has a very rich bourbon and oak aroma.

Taste: The most prominent flavor here is bourbon. A sweetness follows throughout the palate and starts with a bit of sweet caramel and ends with a very sweet alcohol flavor. It's not just the taste of alcohol but an actual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It is a nice full bodied sipper. The beer presents a smooth and welcoming drinking experience delivering 14.1% ABV as if it were nothing more than a cream.

Overall: I didn't feel that the beer had much complexity in aroma or flavor. It relies heavily on the bourbon flavor to carry the beer. For bourbon and bourbon beer fans I would highly recommend the beer. For those looking for a complex Old Ale I would say to look elsewhere. The overall drinking experience was nice though. It is a very enjoyable beer to drink and it tastes good. In the end that is really what matters the most. The fact that they hid 14.1% ABV in this beer is truly remarkable. I recommend this as a holiday beer if you can manage to hold on to it long enough. I would buy it again, but I would probably try one of the other variants if given the choice.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, thin, weak head. Red on the side. Aroma so improved. Nice barrel and bourbon characteristics. Caramel and vanilla.

Sweet, oak, bourbon gives flavor to the manageable heat. Sticky. Toffee.

You know its funny, Old Rasputin, awesome base, gets worse in the barrel, this beer sucks base wise, and it gets awesome in the barrel.

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Photo of pagriley
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml into snifter. 2013 Bourbon barrel aged

Having this side by side with a 2013 regular.

Pours dark mahogony with no head or lacing
Earthy, dark dried fruits and musty old cellar
Sweet, dried fruit, oxidized sherry
Thick and creamy - lightly carbed

Overall good, but frankly almost indistinguishable from a regular 2013 with the exception of a bit of harsh alcohol heat. I will be picking up a 4 pack of regular from now on and aging that - for the price the bourbon barrel isn't doing much and for a 500ml this beer is substantially overpriced

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Photo of Devi0us
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage poured into my trusted Tulip...

A- Pours a mucky brown color. Aggressive pour yields a 2 finger tawny head that vanished swiftly leaving no lacing whatsoever. What's intriguing is the longer this sits, the clearer it gets. Starts to look like Hennessy. I love me some Henny.

S- Right off the bat, you get an explosion of bourbon. Malts, bananas and caramel ease their way into the mixture. Did I mention Bourbon?

T- Tastes sweet up front but gives way to the burn. The alcohol heat may be too hot for some but it's right up my alley. Tastes alot better when it came close to room temp.

M- A decent amount of carbonation. Seems a bit thin to me.

O- This is definitely a sipper for sure. Im glad I was able to try this one but not worth the beefy price tag. 

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml corked and caged 2009 bottle poured into tulip 16/6/13 thanks alpineclimber for the want

A dark brownish amber with some ruby when held to the light, cola like fizz makes me think my glass is dirty but a second and third pour have the same result, liquid looks like a slow boil and its a little noisy. I don't expect much head or lace from a beer this big but I find it strange how it just fizzles out, some thick legs on the side of the glass

S bourbon and booze with some oak, brown sugar, vanilla, faint molasses and just a hint of spice and rum raisin cake

T reminds me of JD, candied corn with just a hint of smoke, this aged bottles still rather boozy, perhaps a little oxidized and rum keeps coming to mind, maybe some candied dried fruits other then raisins but I can't place it

M not as thick as I was expecting, considering how many bubbles I could see I'm finding it a little flat in the mouth, quite sticky and still fairly hot

O I like it and want to love it but the nose just didn't follow through, solid brew but I was hoping for something amazing

Its a big brew but not as big as its drinking today, considering the age I'd expect it to have mellowed a little more then it has, I've drank bigger beers younger and the had less booze burn. I was loving the nose and perhaps that got my hopes up a little

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and ruddy amber, near to hazlenut in color. A spotty cap of foam forms and quickly evaporates into a gurgling brook of bubbles. No real lacing and some carbonation that is more than expected from the 13.16% ABV brew. One thing to note is the price: $19.99/bottle, which I believe is 500ml. That's a jumpin-jeehoosafat-load of cash for one beer!!!! Nose is ultra-robust, rich, sweet and engaging. Lot's of the bourbon notes right upfront, but it's less like booze and more like a bourbon soaked dessert. Some thick caramel candy notes, and a few other things that I can't place - maybe sweet dates and candied pecans. It's really awesome. Flavor is very dominated by the bourbon barrel aging. It blasts you right away and continues all the way through the drink. This characteristic actually tastes like a separate item - like it wasn't intended to be merged with the brew at all. It really tastes detached. Like you have to take a drink to taste the barrel aging, then another to taste the underlying beer. My guess is this needs to age a year or so to be really good. Some chewy notes right upfront, I feel as though I'm eating a caramel flavored brownie that is glazed with bourbon syrup. The underlying beer is good, I think, but it's so masked by the barrel components it's hard to appreciate. Overall, this beer is very unique and is quite fun, but is too one-dimensional this early for it to be at its best. Buy and hold.

What I like most: The Unique and luscious aroma profile.

What I like least: The XXX-rated price-tag and the one-dimensional flavors.

Verdict: Not worth the price tag right now, maybe after a year of cellaring. Worth trying if you run across it.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown and amber color with a robust head that dissipates really quickly. It's like a soda type carbonation.
S: Rich scent of bourbon oak and some vanilla.
T: The wood gives the bourbon a nice balance and there is also a kind of wine driness and sweetness to the beer. Rich bourbon and vanilla notes come from the wood aging.
M/O: Very crisp carbonation couples well with the rich bourbon and oak flavors. This beer is very bold and flavorful which is what was expected from something like this. A little on the pricey side but a nice indulgence.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

25 dollars for 500ml of an interesting brown bottle. Bourbon barrel aged old ale, which sounds pretty, pretty good.

Pours dark brown/red. Fizzy quickly receding bubbles. Looks exactly like Mother of All Storms, which is fine by me.

Bourbon barrel barleywine on the nose, but there's an odd woody and musty vibe here. Brown sugar and bourbon domintate overall. Very inviting if you like the bourbon barrel thing.

Bourbon forward on the tongue. Proper wood/barrel notes. Not much else shines through, things are pretty straightforward in the flavor department. Minimal fruit, minimal alcohol (at 13 percent?)
Bourbon, carmel, wood....more bourbon, some wood, lots of carmel. Tobacco and leather, but I'm searching hard. Brown sugar, definitely brown sugar. Butter? Yeah, maybe some butter with the bourbon and wood and brown sugar/carmel. (Toffee!)
It's quite sweet, but it works.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but doesn't detract.
Good carbonation, which one can't assume for this type of thing.

This is fun to drink. "'Tis a woody bourbon libation, say I! Drink up, be merry!"

I also say I will never be drinking it again, if drinking it again means I have to open up my wallet for the privilege.

Aw, screw it. I'll buy another bottle or two probably. F-you, North Coast.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, John! 2009 edition

Mildly hazy ruddy brown with a dense light brown head that recedes leaving no lacing, this is decent. Unlike the 05 release, I don't pick out impressive legs here. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and boozy heat. Mildly prune and raisin like, I'm surprised by how sherry/port like this is. Excellent stuff.

Opening with a big raisin and prune character, there's plenty of vanilla and bourbon present with rather excellent balance. Definitely hot, but not on this winter day, this is quite enjoyable. Drying and alcoholic on the finish, this is boozy with brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Medium-light in body with rather high carbonation, especially for the style, this aspect is rather disappointing. Almost juicy in its oxidation and fruitiness, this is thoroughly enjoyable, though at its price, a little disappointing.

If this beer was priced at half the going rate, it would have gotten an A-/A, but at the going price, I can not give this a higher grade. Sue me if you will.
3.5/4.5/4/3/3.5

**Edit 04 May 2012**
Drinking my sole bottle of the 2005 vintage (2007 release?) that I received from Solomon420. Thank you, Damian. 14.6% ABV

A rapidly receding brown head caps this ruddy brown beer, with nice legs too. The nose is pretty excellent. Rich, fruity oxidation with prunes, raisins, an outrageously good bourbon character, with vanilla, oak and a nice heat. Wonderful malt character from the base beer carries forward, with leather, tobacco, brown sugar, almond liqueur. Really exceptionally balanced. As it breathes, the nose gains a mildly jammy character (which, at the level present, is thoroughly enjoyable)

The palate opens with a blend of candied dark fruits (raisins and prunes with brown sugar and vanilla), a nice oak presence (bittering tannins), a definite almond-like nuttiness (almond skin). It does bring to mind King Henry but with less prune, and the Bruery 100% Barrel aged anniversary beers (minus the excessive sweetness). Unlike the 09 vintage, this feels fuller on the palate, leaving a nice sticky coating.The alcohol is quite wonderful. It straddles the line of lending a bite, lightening the palate, and lending warmth, in a way I don't see too often in a beer this high in ABV. Medium in body with the alcohol providing the lightening of the palate, this beer is mildly carbonated and really good. Oak tannins, toffee, burnt sugar and dark fruits linger on the finish. Fantastic stuff.
4/5/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm a bit out of the fridge first. Poured with a smallish tan head that quicly disappeared and no lace. Color is a slightly cloudy amber brown with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bourbon, raisins, molasses. Flavor is like nose, on the sweet side with a little bitterness and carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, carbonation is fine although light. Finish is like flavor and of average length with a little booziness. Good stuff; however, I expected a little more.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a lovely ruby red clear brew, with a one finger head that dissipated very quickly. No doubt due to the high alcohol content, I am sure.

Aroma was initially full of dark fruits, Red wine, bourbon, oak, and soy sauce followed. Ordinarily I would have been surprised by the latter, but after reading "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher, I know more about the development of umami in aged beers. Interesting to finally experience one and know what I was detecting.

Taste was rich musty malt at first. Sweet caramel and toffee followed, along with tannins, bourbon, and a definite oak flavor. Hints of soy sauce were there, but the sweetness moderated them. Flavor profile was quite complex.

Mouthfeel was somewhat smooth and syrupy, a bit thick. Not surprising for a beer with this pedigree, it coated the tongue with flavor.

Drinkability has to take a slight hit, mainly for the ABV and price. I spent $21.99 for this bottle, and although I consider it money well spent, there are enough expensive brews out there that I wouldn't buy another.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage (released in 2010). Poured from the bottle into a NB globe

Poured out a deep ruby color with a thin bubbly head. When held to the light, the beer lights up into a bright ruby color. Slightly hazy but still a very nice looking body. Head eventually settles to be very thin, perhaps only a couple small bubbles in thickness. By the end of the glass, the head is all but gone. No lacing is present as the beer goes down the glass.

Tons of bourbon and vanilla. Some caramel shines through as well. As the beer warms up, alcohol heat begins to present itself in the smell but I was pretty much down to a couple sips left so it didn't bother me at all.

As with the smell, the bourbon and vanilla are the main flavors in this. However, there is no alcohol burn or taste at all, very well hidden. Caramel comes though at times in the finish of the beer for me. This really has taken on the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in because I really don't get any Old Stock at all in this. For me, I really like the bourbon sweetness that is present here, but it isn't overly complex. It may need some time for the bourbon to fade and let the other flavors develop.

Much lighter body than I was expecting. Carbonation isn't abnormally high, but the body is still rather thin (perhaps from the barrel aging). Since there isn't much alcohol heat, this goes down incredibly smooth and easy. Toward the very end, got a slight burn from the alcohol but nothing enough to make me change for score.

Overall, pretty drinkable. Really it was just a sweet bourbon beer. The alcohol was hidden well and if you really like bourbon you'll probably enjoy this beer. I wish it was a bit more complex but I'm hoping some time will help develop it more.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Stock Cellar Reserve pours transparent ruby/garnet red with deep brown edges and a half finger loose tan head. Head fades, but it's to be expected from such a beer. Aroma is sweet, hot and full of vanilla, oak, cherrys and candy. The flavor is the same. Sweet, hot and full of vanilla and oak. This beer is slightly cloying, and finishes sloshy. Nice and thick on the palate, the beer holds onto carbonation well for a bohemoth. It's hot period. Somehow this beer looses complexity from the barrel, the straight stuff has more depth but that isn't to say this does not taste amazing.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to me for this. I've always wanted to try it but the price was always a huge deterrent, finally bought one for myself for Christmas. 2009 vintage 500ml.

Cork comes off with a loud pop and some smoke, surprising. Pours dark red, some floating sediment but still translucent. Beige head quickly turns to a ring.

Kinda plain scent at first, improves alot with warmth, very deep caramel malts, cocoa, light bourbon.

Just like the scent, some warmth really opened this up. Lots of caramel and vanilla, light and extremely balanced bourbon and oak, some cocoa and dark fruit. You definitely feel that Old Stock base, really seems like it's drinking well at this point.

Very nice mouthfeel, extremely smooth, alcohol well-buried. A 500ml I think would be no problem solo.

Won't lie, this is a great beer, but it's hard to justify the price.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks David.

Shared with my cousins to celebrate my aunt getting out of the hospital. They couldn't taste rarity, but I took a gamble anyway.

A: Pours an incredibly dark, but still clear (with enough light) reddish brown body. The head is a very short-lived cap of light tan bubbles, which vanish within 30 seconds. For an almost 15% beer, it's more than satisfactory.

S: Bourbon, caramel, oak, some vanilla. Raisins and brown sugar. It's a little boozier than its Brandy cousin, and not nearly as complex. The bourbon barrel doesn't complement this one as well, I feel.

T: Bourbon, caramel, toffee. Raisins, dates, brown sugar. Oak, vanilla. It's complex, but not as integrated as the brandy version. More heat in the finish.

M: Medium-full viscosity. While it doesn't singe my nose hairs, I say for the third time that it's hotter than its cousin. Not nearly as complex. The bourbon barrels just don't do a lot for this old ale.

D: I'd probably buy a few of the bourbon barrel Old Stock that is coming out again. However, I felt they had a huge hit with the brandy barrel version, and I'm disappointed that they bet on the wrong horse for the second iteration. Oh well...

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a date colored murky dark brown with no head and very little visible carbonation or sediment. The nose is potent bourbon caramelized sugars upfront, some dark dried fruits, tobacco, and muddled booziness when it warms. The taste is subtle bourbon, sweet sugar, but definitely on the dry end compared to where a stout or barleywine would be. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, thinner than expected, with good carbonation and a lingering sticky bourbon after burn. This is a solid beer, worth trying, but why the $30 price tag??

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Photo of Cremba
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an underaged college student, with such a pricey beer, I had to steal this bottle from safeway. It was well worth the swoop! I really enjoyed the savory bourbon flavors. Everyone wanted a sip from this bottle but it wasn't available for sharing. I would definitely take this bottle from Safeway again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage

Appearance - Pours a dark and foreboding ruby brown with very little in the way of suds. A few bubbles around the edge, otherwise it's a flat as a pond on a windless day.

Smell - Bountiful notes of caramel and toffee fill the nostrils first, while strong additions of vanilla and oak follow closely behind. Rum raisin fruitcake can be found as well.

Taste - Bourbon sweetness upfront along with a light caramel flavor. Mid-taste brings a bit of the fruity raisin character and a touch of vanilla. Sugary sweetness, akin to that found in a quad Belgian, giving a light cola . Finishes with more boozy qualties.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Sticky, syrupy texture, then a drying, belly warming boozy finish.

Overall - Very good, but I'm a bigger fan of the non-BA version. IMO, the base beer just doesn't stand up well to the BA treatment and gets overrun and buried by the bourbon qualities. I like a BA beer to have a lighter barrel influence and to compliment the qualities found in the beer; this is nearly the opposite. Despite this, I still find pleasure in drinking it.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich bourbon aromas. Pours very dark borwn with a quick dissipitating head that results in a small topping of beige head. Carbonation is surprisingly strong for a 2009, justifying the difficulty in taking out this cork(yes I used a corkscrew and I am not a total weakling). A very special ale, rich malt and quality bourbon, with a bias towards being sweet. A nominal coconut taste and butteriness in the finish. A sipper. Thanks to my Southern trading partner. Oakiness is deep secondary and mellows and balances. Being a Canadian, I am neutral and not gaga about bourbon. Had again 5 months later and big coconut and bourbon smell. Buttery mouthfeel, full, but also with sourness from bourbon.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.
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