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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)
BA SCORE
4.41/5
Outstanding
1,090 Ratings
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:
#253
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
1,090
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
278
Gots:
444
Trade:
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4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml ceramic bottle poured into a snifter. This is the 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color, like muddy water. Fine-bubbled beige head sputters out after a minute or two. No lacing, but that isn't surprising for a beer this big, old, and barrel aged.

S: Caramel and butterscotch (not in a bad way), subtle hint of coffee cake, maybe some maple fudge. Slight papery oxidation. Vinous undercurrents. Barrel aromas take on a supporting role: barrel char, seasoned oak, bourbon balls, and soft bourbon aromas.

T: Molasses, maple fudge, honey, caramel. Vinous flavors and spicy alcohol come forward for a while. Wet paper/cardboard oxidation reflects the age. The bourbon still has a mild kick, even after all this time. Oak, bourbon, and barrel char bring up the rear and ride into the finish.

M: A once fat malt body is now just starting to thin a little with age. There's still a slick silkiness to it and a slight coating feel and a nice roundness. Tingling carbonation is still there. Soothing alcohol warmth.

O: This has aged well for 6+ years. It could probably still go another handful of years at least, depending on one's preferences. If you like the aged Thomas Hardy or J.W. Lees vintages, you will find some common ground here. Old Stock is one of the only American made Old Ales that can be mentioned in the same breath as those.

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Photo of silverking
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jplopez21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Malefactor
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look like much as it pours a murky brown with an off white wispy head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, figs, plums, and countless other dark fruits. Flavor explodes with vanilla, bark, and booze. Delicious. Comes off a little hot, but I don't mind. I don't care for the base...I've tried and tried, but I just don't. But something magical happens when it hit barrels. Just a notch bellow the brandy version, but still fantastic.

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Photo of tridge85
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElGallo
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. Draught served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown body. Head was creamy two fingers deep. Lacing was absent.

Smell: Bourbon, barley malt, wine-like.

Taste: Alcohol is present. Bourbon, brandy, barley malt, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and thick. If not for the alcohol it would be smooth.

Overall: For a strong ale it is good. Another one that could benefit from cellaring.

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Photo of hit728
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aquazr1
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MWolverines66
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greasy
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Murky brown. 1.5 finger off white head makes a cameo appearance and quickly dissipates into nothingness.

S: Plenty of bourbon. Toffee. Hints of caramel.

T: Big bourbon flavor up front with hints of toffee and sweet malts in the middle.

M: Medium body. No alcohol bite for a 14.1% abv monster. Smooth finish.

O: Is it worth the hefty pricetag? Probably. It is so well made. Not exactly flying off the shelves like most limited release BA beers, so I'll probably grab another to cellar for a couple of years.

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Photo of wallbj
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrankHammer
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wobbly
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty123
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This a fine barrel aged product but not an excellent "old ale" as reflected in the many other reviews. It's late so I'll fill in the details in a few days from my notes.

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$24.99 at Arrow Wine. Corked and caged 500 ml Bomber.

A decent beer but an abomination of the old ale style. I wish folks would stop thinking that spirit barrel aging is the be all/end all for a better beer. Aging yes, spirits no. Not worth the price I paid. Give me the non-barrel aged version of this beer any day before this one. As this beer warmed I liked it less and less. 3.5

A – Pours a cloudy, muddy reddish brown with a one-finger rocky tan head. Fairly well carbonated. Big alcohol legs with some lacing. 3.75

S – Aromas of bourbon, sweetness, malt, oak, dark fruit (raisins), caramel, faint vanilla almost overrun by other aromas. 3.75

T – Malty, candy sweetness, faint spiciness, a little minerally, oakiness, as this beer warms the bourbon becomes dominant. 3.5

MF – Medium bodied, semi-sweet finish, smooth. At 14% ABV this beer is not harsh or burning, but very warming. 4

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,090 ratings
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