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)
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
Ratings:
1,084
Reviews:
364
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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276
Gots:
450
For Trade:
39
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Ratings: 1,084 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of jkhobbs99
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
500ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby-amber color with a thin foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- aroma opens with sweet toffee, caramel & molasses with undertones of chocolate and wood. Hints of rum-raisin, brandy & leather.

T- sweet vanilla whipping cream opens up front with toffee and brown sugar. Notes of fig and date give a fruit cake-like flavor, along with rum-like notes due to the sweetness interplaying with the barrel. The finish gives notes of cherry and bourbon, with lingers of brown sugar & toffee

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish, abv hidden well, drinks nowhere near 14.1%

O- a few years of age has produced a mellow flavorful beer that his intermingled with the barrel very well

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of efrankmcguire
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in oak bourbon barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity. A memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a completely unique offering." Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, aged in bourbon barrels, available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a medium tan color over a deep cherry cola body with moderate carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Rich, caramelized malts and bread malts with undertones of dark fruit, raisins and molasses, teamed with the complexity of bourbon undertones, vanilla and toasted oak tannins, a smooth graininess and delicate alcohol. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Rich, toasted caramel bread and dark fruit viscosity, molasses and undertones of bourbon grain. Rich, viscous and deceptively drinkable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, resinous and softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, short of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even viscous sweet to grain alcohol. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Very solid, rich bodied Old Ale with a very enjoyable impact of bourbon. 20 bucks is a bit steep but the overall impressions were positive; 2009 in particular was a solid vintage of this ale and I wouldn't mind seeking it out other vintages. 4

North Coast Brewing Co.'s
Old Stock Ale 2009: Cellar Reserve
4.01/5.00

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

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mongrel
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is out of bounds - like bourbon cherry pie, with brown sugar and spice really rounding out the aroma.

Palate has plenty of that bourbon/cherry profile, plus distinct notes of grapes, raisins, dates, brown sugar, jam, pepper... the list goes on. There's a sturdy spiced bread type of malt backbone holding things together. Bourbon is prominent but mellow - not hot. Really refined and nuanced all around.

Feels almost like a good Belgian quad, just slightly less carbonated. A little wheaty, boozy and sweet, but ultimately finishes really long and dry.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brian29
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bferber
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scaryjarbro
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abbbp
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an old school solid enjoyable brew. Of course easy to come by, and often times overlooked, glad I got to try it, albeit wish I had waited for warmer weather.

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Photo of Nuggetz
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gunch52
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nerdboy19
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,084 ratings.
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