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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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4.35
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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml corked and caged bottle into Snifter.

A. 2 finger head. Not great retention, but good for what it is. Decent lacing. Poured pretty thick out of the bottle. Color is amber brown.

S. Wow. Carmel, raisins, figs, brown sugar, molasses, oak, vanilla, alcohol. Has some sour tart cherry smell. Smells pretty amazing. Big bold and warm smelling.

T. No surprise that there is all kinds of things going on in the flavor too. Dark fruit, raisins, figs, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, cherries. Very complex flavor. Alcohol comes out quite a bit more as it warms.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Has some lingering sweetness.

O. Overall this is a big ol Old Ale. Lots of aroma and flavor. Very complex but not over the top. Definitely packs a punch. Wish I had gotten more of these.

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Photo of LouZ
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour of 2013 vintage. Rich copper-like color, maybe a bit orange, with aroma of malt and bourbon but not super strong in this department. Taste matches and delivers a pleasant sweetness from dark fruit, maybe dates or fig. Smooth and balanced feel; medium to full body and quite drinkable. There is some alcohol burn, as expected given the ABV, but this is so smooth and clean that it's not unpleasant. That may be a result of the age. Overall, a great representation of the style and I'll need to find again.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a goblet.

Wow, one of the worst looking beers in my history. Like muddy lake water and some sickly little bubbles. Held up to light it looks slightly more amber.

The smell however, is awesome. Well aged English Old Ale/Barleywine with fruitcake macerated with brandy, stewed golden raisins, bourbon barrel, English toffee on the stove. Excellent, layered, rich, sweet.

Intense and sweet caramel sauce with bourbon and bourbon on the side. Alcohol bites, but doesn't show in the flavor. The malt almost takes on a grape-y jammy character. Not as much dark fruit as I would expect. Really, mostly caramel and bourbon, and that isn't a bad thing.

Conclusion: A very nice barrel aged strong ale. This has aged beautifully, and I am not sure it will get much better, but with all the sweetness it probably could take many more years and not get worse. Poised, rich, sweet, and distinguished.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a murky brown with minimal head
S: bourbon, raisins, figs...lots of dark fruit
T: similar to the nose. smooth bourbon with dark fruits prominent
F: med carbonation and very smooth.
O: considering I'm not typically a fan of the style, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this.

2009 Bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A- Dark Brown color red orange hues coming off the bottom, minimal lacing, no apparent head.
S- Really nice aroma, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, raisins), big vanilla and bourbon notes, brown sugar.
T- Taste is similar to aroma, nice bite after every sip, huge vanilla flavor, love the bourbon in this beer, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, oak, dark fruits, really nice, rich and complex.
M- Big mouth feel, alcohol is present but not overpowering, minimal carbonation, bitter sweet finish.
O- This beer is really tasty, strong complex beer, it’s a sipper and one that needs/should be shared with others, really enjoyable, would love to try this again sometime in the future.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. The beer pours a nice dark mahogany with ruby edges and a frothy white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving almost no lacing behind.

The smell is very nice. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and leather. The bourbon and oak are strong, but not too boozy.

The taste is just as good as the smell. Toffee, vanilla and brown sugar are sweet and strong, but they are nicely balanced by the oak and bourbon. There are slight hints of dark fruits, mostly raisins, that accents all the other flavors nicely.

The beer is well carbonated, has a nice full mouthfeel and the alcohol heat compliments the flavors nicely. This is insanely drinkable for 13% abv.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Tulip.

A: A weird brown, almost purple hues are seen in this one, a very wild color. Almost no lacing or head at all.

S: Bourbon right away, sweet fruit, dark fruit, vanilla, wine, lots of stuff in this one.

T: Just like the nose, a mixture of bourbon, wine, chocolate, very crazy tasting but bourbon is most present.

M: Smooth but high amount of carbonation like white wine.

O: Took me a while to finish the bottle of this stuff, a very unique taste and special brew. I aged my bottle for two years was well worth it.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Stunner97
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark brown to dark copper with rapid fast carbonation off the first pour, head quickly fades,

Smell- very sweet malty nose, loads of vanilla and oak with slight touch of bourbon, raisins and sweetness present very strong on nose, enticing smell

Taste- wow really unique flavor on this beer really like nothing I have ever tasted before, just really rich and sweet malty ale, tons of vanilla and caramel being pull in off the oak, bourbon flavor is there but really more of the vanilla and sweetness really pushing through from the oak, very enjoyable long malty finish, just extremely complex with so much going on, reminds me in some ways of a fine 10 plus year tawny port just so rich and delicious

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with light carbonation after its original opening, good smooth mouthfeel

Drinkability- Really scary drinkable, the alcohol is just so well hidden and integrated into this beer, its really like I said an extremely unique beer that is like none other I have ever had before, really reminds me of a fine port or desert wine in alot of ways, a master piece of a beer to me that actually lived up to the high price, one to search out for sure,

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Photo of sitarist
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another blind review via the blind bif's. Thanks to Brez07 for this one.

Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby red. Its not opaque, but very little light gets through. There is almost an inch of khaki colored head that falls to a ring. No lacing, it all slides back into the drink. My olfactory receptacles are overwhelmed by bold aromas. Plums, brown sugar, sherry/port, oak, teriyaki, and as it warms I get lots of smooth bourbon. Its barrel aged, but what style? Horehound, teriyaki, port wine, cinnamon, cracker-jacks, toffee, and hints of bourbon are some of the flavors that I detect. Just like an great bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon; this is way out of my league, but highly delicious. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect! Its body, carbonation, and viscosity are well suited. An outstanding beer. The whole is greater than any one component.

Im pretty sure this is a bourbon barrel aged beer, as for a style Im still at a loss. My guess is a Barrel Aged Dubbel, or Barleywine.

Its a 2009 Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve aged in bourbon barrels. Wow, a huge want of mine!

Thank you so much Matt.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 50 cL bottle of the 2009.
A: Murky dark brown ruby with constant bubbles, it poured with a quick one-finger cream head that died to a constant bubbling film and collar.
S: Bourbon and maple sugar come out on the forefront of raisins and molasses, a slight orange zest, a slight pine, some mild nuttiness, and a very mild vanilla. Smells good.
T: Exactly what you'd expect from the taste, but the bourbon is so subdued and mild. There is very little harsh finish, except for a nice mixture of the barrel and gin hops. The maple sugar stands out like maple candies. Everything else is what you'd expect from the smell. It is incredibly well-balanced.
M: A little spritzy and thin for my taste.
D: This was a very expensive bottle, but it is worth the special occasion. Overall, I'd say it's good.

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a muddy dark brown with a huge head that dissipated quickly to nothing. No head retention what so ever. The aroma was very sweet with strong caramel and brown sugar up front. Definitely some bourbon aroma from the aging in oak barrels. The taste was way over powering with sweetness. A strong brown sugar taste takes over. Some bourbon and slight chocolate flavor is present as well. The body was thin and lacking good carbonation. Not the best brew I have had, in fact a little disappointing.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

Drinking this one at literal room temperature (60 degrees).

A - Pours a whiskey/cognac brown color. Forms a 2 finger, medium-tan colored quickly-dissipating head. High head potential, super low head retention. No lacing.
S - 5 - Wow, this is incredibly complex. Malts, bittersweet chocolate, very light barleywine style hop profile, leather, oak wood, wood sap, bourbon whiskey, butter, butterscotch, brown sugar, candied figs and plums, currants, raisins, dates, light marzipan almond cherry and lots of booze.
T - 5 - Taste matches the smell identically. Reminds me of a triple strong version of Founder's Backwoods Bastard for reference.
F - 4.5 - Quite smooth and oily, but also a bit then. Could be thicker. Really the only aspect holding this beer back from a perfect 100.
O - 5 - What an absolutely mind blowing brew. If you can get your hands on this, cellar it and save it for a special occasion, its amazing!

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Photo of uvachief
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a side by side with the Brandy version and in my opinion the Brandy version was better.

The appearance on this one is a burnt copper color with lighter cocoa edges. It has a good carbonation but has no head and a very thick oily leg.

This smells like chocolate, toffee, plumbs and fig, sweet malt sugars, some vanilla along with a huge whisky presence. It has more sweet characters in the smell than the Brandy and reminds me of that general presence that a whisky barrel brings to a beer.

The taste is really good, with this one being a little less complex than the Brandy version but still very delicious. Lots of chocolate in this with a great underlying vanilla flavor in there as well. It has some hints of toffee and caramel, this is more of a dessert beer because of the array of sweetness' that it has. A bit of oak is present as well.

A good thick mouthfeel with a nice ABV presence makes this one a good 'winter warmer'. The thing about these beers is that they could probably last another few years, its really amazing how well these things are aging. I guess thats what happens when a world class brewery produces a world class Old Ale and barrel ages it. Damn.

J

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Photo of kels
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 version, in a 500 mL, corked and caged, brown silkscreened bottle. Notes that it comes in at 13.16%. Big thanks to sprinkle for the surprises on the shelf at Crown in downtown Indy on New Year's.

From the pop of the cork I can tell this one's going to be a good one. Pours a rich pecan-nut brown with some light apricot highlights. The viscosity of the beer can be seen as the richer, darker hues show at the bottom of the glass and the lighter more transparent hues sit atop. The initial fizzy off-white head fades out immediately and leaves just a little bit of spots of lace atop the liquid. Alcohol content is clear as the legs of the alcohol wash the sides of the glass without lace after every drink.

Aroma is much more subtle than expected. I definitely get the bourbon - it's rich and bold and sweet. A bit of toffee comes through in the malt comes through followed by a light lurking alcohol vapor.

Oh. My. Goodness. This beer is heavenly. It is so deep, so rich, and so layered. The sweetness of the malts is close to honeylike accompanied by hints of toffee. The bourbon comes through beautifully; its richness is full of the oak, vanilla, and a deep cherry-like fruitiness. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued. It creeps behind all the deliciousness with a wonderful warming fullness. Body is soft, full, warm, wonderful. The carbonation is moderate and perfect.

This beer is absolutely incredible. It is everything I could have wanted in the style and more. From the first sip to the last, this beer continuously amazed me. It is so smooth and so well-done. I'm so glad I got the chance to experience it. If I were reviewing this beer on Iron Chef, I'd say drinking it is like falling into a warm feather bed, enveloping me in heavenly sleep.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany in color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. Its body is crystal clear topped with a kakhi froth. It doesn't stick around long, but that's not surprising given that this brew is 13.6% abv.

S: I knew from the second that I popped the cork, which was no small feat I might add, that this was going to be an amazing brew. How you ask? I could tell because the second that cork left its bottle I was bombarded with the aroma of dark rum, figs, raisins, creme brulee, cinnamon, and dulce de leche. This brew has a lot going for it in the aroma department.

T: The flavor follows the aroma, with additional notes of Pedro Ximenez, toasted coconut, and molasses. This brew is only slightly sweet, which makes these flavors all the more enjoyable. I am absolutely floored by the breadth and the the depth of the flavors in this brew, all perfectly balanced in a harmonious fashion.

M: Full bodied, with a touch of stickiness. This is quickly remedied, though, by a torrent of bubbles to scrub away only the stickiness, leaving the delicious flavors to linger between sips.

D: This is the most enjoyable beer I have had since Canadian Breakfast Stout has graced my lips. It is delicious through and through, and is truly unique in its flavor profile. As a frequent consumer of Bourbon, I was a touch disappointed that there wasn't a more overt bourbon presence, but what is there is absolutely divine. Regarding the first question everyone asks when they pick up this bottle, "Is it really worth the money?" I can say with the utmost confidence, "It's a bargain; this beer has flavor and balance that rivals any $40 bottle of port."

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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 mhksuccess
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very pretty 500ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a rich, translucent brown, almost like maple syrup. I managed a finger or so of head, with very little retention or lacing, which is not surprising given the abv.

S - Plenty of bourbon to go around here, but not so much that it comes across as boozy. Brown sugar and toffee, some vanilla, and a slight nuttiness. Excellent.

T - Vanilla wafer, almond, toffee, and bourbon immediately jump out at me. The bourbon is exceptionally well-integrated, at once both obvious and subtle. I was going to mention peanut brittle but I've seen creme brulee in some other reviews, and that sums this up perfectly. Awesome tasting brew.

M - Great carbonation, with a rich, creamy feel. While it's a very strong beer, at over 13%, there's little to no burn.

D - It's always tough for me to rate a beer this strong highly in the drinkability category, but this one deserves it. I could go on drinking this until I fall over. And then drink some more from a sippy cup. The only problem is...

O - ...is the price. This is a phenomenal beer, and I'd love to have more of it. But at the price, I doubt I'll buy more than another one or two. Even at the lowest price that I've seen of $22, it's hard to swallow. Then again it's probably the closest I'll get to the brandy version from a few years ago, so I might grab a few more.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9floz bottle into a goblet glass

2009 Vintage

A- Pours a murky almost muddy water reddish brown with 1 finger of off white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing but leaves some beautiful alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Up front the barrels come through with strong musty oak, vanilla, and coconut, but what stands out the most is the delicious smelling bourbon notes. Also getting caramel or toffee, rum soaked rasins, dark fruits, tobacco, and molasses.

T- Exactly like the aroma but a million times better. Sweet and complex bourbon with tons of vanilla, coconut, leather, and a nice booziness in the finish that's very pleasant and warming. A lot of caramel and toffee, dark fruits, burnt sugars, molasses, and maybe some tobacco.

M- Medium creamy body with a fairly high amount of carbonation that is almost to much for this style of beer. Just doesn't feel right to me. Finish is wet and warm from the alcohol but very soothing.

Skål!

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Photo of Lerxst
3.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky brown with some ruby highlights. Tightly knit bubbles rise up quickly and form a khaki colored head that dissipated almost immediately and left no lace.

S-Nose is very subdued. Some toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla. Just a hint of bourbon comes through and I have to inhale deeply to get it. Nose needs to be much more prominent.

T-Taste is a little better. A nice mellow bourbon flavor greets me along with dark fruit, vanilla, toffee and a bit of booze heat at the back end.

M-Body is on the lighter side of medium with harsh carbonation leading to a dry finish.

O-I had high hopes for this one, but it was kind of a let down. Perhaps its because I enjoyed Fruet 2 days ago. This one pales in comparison.

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Photo of Brez07
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes 1 month old. Served in a snifter

A: Dark mahogany color. At first there is a 1/2 fizzy head, but expectedly this disappears within a minute. Leaves good "legs" each swirl of the glass

S: Nose consists of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Lots of bourbon, right up my alley. Slight nuttiness. Sharp booze finish

T: Booze hits you up front but smooths right out. Lots of bourbon characteristics. Toffee, vanilla. Caramal sweetness. Slight dryness from the barrel. Some dark fruit manages to come through

M: Medium bodied. Some carbonation at first but smooths out. Woody, bourbon finish

D: Regular Old Stock is great but this one... she's a winner. I forgot all about her expensive tastes ($23/bottle) as we spent a nice half hour together. I hope she doesn't mind I have one of her twins sitting in my cellar

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Photo of flannelman808
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper with a light tan head.

S: huge bourbon nose which melds into bright fruity flavors and caramel. WOW

T: Amazing beer, albeit a dumb expensive one. That said it's worth every penny. Bourbon spicy sweet flows into staple barleywine flavors of ripe fruit, citrus, and toffee bitter tree bark.

M: rich

O: too expensive but amazingly good and I think probably will get better over the next few years.

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.
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