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)
1,089 Ratings
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)

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

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 ccg
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Seabass1964
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicious upgrade from your standard Old Stock Ale. The barrel aging really adds a couple of layers of delicious to this brew. My only real objection is the price. Still, I'm going to go out and buy another bottle or two on payday.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't recall who brought this, but thank you. Bottle from the recently released 2009 vintage.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with almost no head to speak of.

S: Like with the 2005 version, this beer is all about the bourbon. Tons of sweet vanilla, bourbon, wood, and caramel. The sweetness is actually quite intense. Perhaps some brown sugar is there also.

T: More of the same on the palate. Lots of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. The bourbon is almost overwhelming, but this works out fine with the flavors of Old Stock.

M: Medium to full in terms of body with a minimal level of carbonation.

D: This version seems much, much less boozy than the previous one even though it was just released. I only wish it wasn't $25+ for a 500ml bottle. Maybe then I would actually buy some.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lazy sunday afternoon, why not pop a nice sipper to enjoy.
Served at cellar temp.
When help up to the light, this thing has some real nice deep cherry hues, but is otherwise plum purple/black. The initial pour yields a rather vigorous tan colored head, holy carbonation. After the head dies down, a steady stream of bubbles consistently floats to the top. This much carbonation for a ~13% makes me a little nervous.
The bourbon aromas wafting out of the snifter are intense, coupled with a solid backbone of vanilla and toffee. I certainly cant be disappointed when i dont have to be anywhere near the glass to know whats laying within.
The flavors of the above mentioned are superb, but the carbonation level kind of gets to me. It should be mentioned that for the first half hour out of the bottle, its rather harshly carbonated, but it eases off a little bit after sitting for a while, and you start to get a little bit of creaminess out of it. Aside from this aspect, this brew has potential to become great with a few years in the bottle to mellow just a bit. Into the cellar my other bottle goes.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Between dark tea and cola. Small head, not much lace.

S - BOOZE. Deep bourbon, wood, vanilla and malt.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, cooked dark fruits. Lush sweet and beautiful.

M - Medium to high carbonation, balance a little to the sweet. Hot.

D - A sipper and not meant to be a session for sure.

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Photo of JDV
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by BlackForestCO. Thanks Jake!
Pours a rich brownish color with a haze. Smell is sweet, fruity, and smooth bourbon with vanilla and hints of oak. Nice complex, delicious smell. Taste is oaky and bourbony with a great balance of hops and malt. Not overly strong flavored with sweet malt and really tasty. Warming alcohol, but not obtrusive in the least for me. This stuff is awesome.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml painted corked and caged bottle drank from my new belgium globe. it just seemed like a good choice at the time. expensive little sucker at ~$26 a bottle. wow. this better be fantastic...

A- the cork opens with a decently loud pop and some visible carbonation escapes. the pour yields a very dark brown colored body with deep red highlights. a rather large light khaki colored head forms on top and is very quick to fizzle away. little no lacing gets left behind.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose is that bourbon is the main attraction here. after that i get a nose full of sweet caramel and brown sugar. there are also plenty of rum soaked fruits. the alcohol is noticeable, but no more so than one would expect from something this potent. a little bit of vanilla/oak sneaks through at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the brown sugar and sweet caramel malt. after that i get bourbon and rum soaked plums, raisins, and figs. there is alot of bourbon in here, and the oak/vanilla from the barrel comes through loud and clear. finally, there is a bit of alcohol that comes through at the end. its kind of alot, but not considering this is a beer above 13% abv.

M- medium bodied. very sticky and palate coating. lots of warming from the booze, but thats expected.

D- one to sip and savor. the barrel and bourbon that the base beer is exposed to is very well done. im not sure i can justify the price, but this was definitely a nice treat to have. check this one out if you are a fan of barrel aged beers (who isnt?) or old ales.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle. The cork was a real pain to get out, eventually requiring a cork screw. This one was poured into a White Birch glass. The pour reveals the beer to be a translucent, burnt sienna with burgundy highlights. It looks fairly thin and innocent enough. No real head emerges from the pour, although it seems to be carbonated. A small ring of foam is mustered up and rests on the meniscus. No lacing from this bad boy.

The nose is very heavy on bourbon which is extremely pleasant, not in the least bit jarring. Rich caramel and vanilla toil together while chocolate, oak and brown sugars are in attendance in the background. Sweet, dark fruits, raisin and fig all come out as this warms.

The taste is just as inviting as the nose tempted me with. Sweetness comes through with caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. A heavy oaky bourbon flavor encompasses all but never seems to get out of control. Again, raisin and fig are at hand.

While this is a beer to be sipped for sure, it is extremely smooth. The low carbonation makes the beer feel a bit boozier on the palate which is unfortunate but by no means a deal-breaker. It is thicker than I imagined, medium bodied and totes a pretty hefty abv. The alcohol heat is noticeable but doesn't seem to negatively influence the overall presentation of the beer; although even after splitting a bottle I am not sure I could stomach much more.

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Photo of egrace84
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sexy caramel/cola look to it. Poured aggressively and the head's gone before ya know it.

S: Smell is phenominal! Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, molasses, these are the things dreams are made of.

T: Taste follows the nose very closely in my opinion, but the bourbon makes its presence well known.

M: Light to medium bodied w/ the right amount of carbonation.

O: It's been a pleasure to drink this wonderful old ale. When done right, old ales are in my top favorite style to drink, and this beer does not disappoint. The only downfall to this beer is its price point, but we all need to treat ourselves sometimes. Find this one and enjoy.

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsbreath
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter 2009 bottle split between two Portsmouth snifters and shared with TulipSnifter. Bought at Beaumont Market for $22.

A: Dark murky amber with voluminous white head that diminishes to a wisp ring. No lacing but none were expected. Great legs. 4.5/5

S: Nice smooth and mellow barrel character with minimal heat. No harshness at all with a lot of vanilla. The wood on this is pretty special. Outstanding. 4.5/5

T: Again with the sweet vanilla and limited booze. Peppery alcohol, butterscotch, toffee, and loads of other sweet bourbon characteristics come through on the palate. Damn is this smooth. 4.5/5

M: Moderate body with appropriate carbonation. Sticky finish. Good. 4/5

O: Good stuff but not worth the price tag. It's a solid four, but it you could score a half liter bottle for a better price it would be more appropriate. 4/5

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Photo of T_Hass
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, Vertical tasting with 2014 old stock, 2012 ostuchi, 2011 Brandy, 2009 Bourbon. All pour similar murky brown with the BA versions being fairly low carb. Aroma is dark fruits, light oak and bourbon, smooth booze and rich malts.

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Photo of Zack_B
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joberlander
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkAl
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 label (January 2015 release) 500ml bottle. Flat, murky brown pour. Aroma is bourbon, touch of sweet dark fruit. Taste is caramel, vanilla, bourbon. Malty. Slightly boozy but very easy to drink. Other than the price, $23 for a 500ml, I have nothing to complain about.

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Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with hints of red when the light hits it. There is a one finger head and the carbonation reminds me of soda. As the head fades, it leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Simply amazing! Smells like vanilla and caramel with hints of dark fruit. I can definitely pick up the bourbon. Quite sweet, but still very balanced.

Taste: A lot like the smell, but not quite as smooth. A strong bourbon presence along with some caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit notes. The finish is quite hot. This beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: This is the only place this beer falls down for me. Too thin and the carbonation is too high given the taste. The finish is warm and a bit dry.

Overall: The taste and smell of this beer are amazing, but the mouthfeel really took away from the beer. I really liked this beer, but given the price I don't know that'd I'd pick up another.

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Photo of mklisz
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an intense beer. You could almost mistake this for a port. This is a 2009 bottle.

A: The cork comes out with good gun smoke, and a nice pop. A dark brown/ruby color. At first a two finger bubbly tan head forms, but recedes noisily in a second to nothing. No lace. Looks very still.
S: Just an amazingly complex nose. Up front is light solvent like alcohol that works well, instead of overpowering everything. Chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, and toasted malts all intermingle. Dark fruits of plums and dates. Awesome.
T: Follows the nose. Chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Wood/oak from the barrels. Wonderful toasted malt flavors along with dark fruits. Cherries, plums, dates. Even some tobacco. Though that does not overpower at all, instead it compliments everything.
M/D: Surprisingly a medium body with high carbonation. Though that does not ruin anything. There is some solvent like alcohol, but still nothing that overpowers. Warming and enjoyable to sip on.

A monster beer with loads of complexities. With the age, and the typical character of the base, it seems more like port than a bourbon barrel aged beer. I really enjoyed it. A bit over carbonated, but still well done. Recommended.

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Photo of moneynoobject
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaquirk
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

Holy no-head. The beer pours from the bottle a deep copper, dark but clear enough to see my fingers behind. The head is a weird mix of watery bubbles that disappear lickety-split, leaving the beer without any covering whatsoever.

The nose is awash in bourbon character: sweet vanilla, oak and buttery toffee. In the background are the dark fruit flavors of dates and raisins that make the regular Old Stock so distinguishable.

The flavor is a mix of my favorite sweets: Amarula cherries, vanilla ice cream, caramel, prune juice, brown sugar. It's a wonderfully sweet mix, yet the finish is just dry enough that it doesn't get cloying.

The integration of the alcohol is absolutely incredible. This thing is 28-proof, and I don't feel a hint of it. The carbonation is a fizzy medium, creating some bubbles in the mouth amidst a smooth medium-light body.

Why are you so expensive, Old Stock? I like you so much! I love your vanilla sweetness, your soft touch of alcohol. Plus, you're brilliant with cinnamon sugar pecans. I'd buy so many of you if you didn't cost so damn much.

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Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,089 ratings
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