Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)
North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)
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From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
15.2%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
616
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 30, 2022
Added:
Jun 03, 2007
Wants:
  440
Gots:
  179
SCORE
99
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)
Notes: Vintages: 2005, 2011
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Rated: 4.33 by Taenim from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle from Boise Co-op. 2020 vintage. Mahogany pour, fizzy head, then still. Aroma from snifter starts with a big boozy blast, notes from the barrel, chocolate, brandy. Taste, after the booze clears, is sweet and malty, leather, tobacco, toffee. Sweet, sticky finish. Very enjoyable.
Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2020 version bottle pour into snifter. Looks like brandy, dark amber/copper with minimal head leaving no lacing. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit and barrel wood. Taste follows with a hint of alcohol creep on a smooth finish. Minimal carbonation.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020 vint, 12 ox bottle poured into a Bourbon County snifter at 53°. 13.7% ABV.
Pours like a cocktail, head makes only a guest appearance then leaves.
Smell is cognac, fig, little red grape, date.
Taste is expressive and complex. Again, fine cognac, dark fruit.
Feel is right in the pocket between medium and full body, as it should be for the style. Minimal carbonation, yet enough to get the flavors to dance awhile. Nice.,
Overall - just a beautiful ale. It’s classy, tasty, strong, little sweet. A sipper of the highest order.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2020 vintage, 12oz bottle (13.7% abv listed) pours with purple/copper clarity and a giant fizzy head that loudly dissipates to nothing. Rich malty sweetness abounds on the nose and palate, caramel and toffee and vinous spirits, dark fruits, raisins and dates, mild cocoa, oak, brown sugar...always a good brew.
Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.73 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by john_science

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolutely delightful. Strong enough, and expensive enough, that this is a "sometimes treat". But it is the benchmark against which all other beers are measured.

I loved this so much.

Each year is slightly different. They all age wonderfully, but also slightly differently. I think the Brandy barrels are my favorite, and I think 2013 was my favorite around 2018.

In some ways, this is hardly a beer: it's not highly carbonated. But, god, I love this stuff.
Jul 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by kjkinsey from Texas

May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2011 Vintage
500ml cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours brown in color with a bit of a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- huge brandy notes on the nose, with aromas of raisin, figs, prunes, black cherries and dark grapes. Maple and toffee sweetness, along with brown sugar, peppery oak, toasted pecans and raisin bread. Has an overall port-like aroma

T- as with the nose, brandy dominates the flavor up front; a plethora of dark fruits including figs, dates, raisins and black cherries. Mid-palate gives notes of butter toffee, brown sugar, an umami-like soy, as well as a bunch of sherry and port-like notes. The finish gives notes of pipe tobacco, cherries, sharp oak and cracked pepper. Long linger of brandy

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to an almost flat mouthfeel that continues into just a hint of foam into a warming, silky finish

O- at nearly 10 years old, the complexity of this beer is through the roof. The brandy barrel takes front stage and compliments the base beer brilliantly
Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.51 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.56 by BKotch from Texas

May 13, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by zvanwink from Kentucky

Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500 mL bottle into a whisky glass
2011 batch (I think this was the only year this was brewed?)

Dark brown, high viscosity, almost no carbonation. Hefty grape essence in the nose, warming alcohol, vanilla and caramel.

Drier on the palate than the aromas - nice oak aging. Still, decadent desert flavors abound with sweet brandy essence combining with the stodgy malty character of Old Stock Ale. Nuanes of raisins, carob, vanilla. Thinner mouthfeel than expected ushers in a medium finish.
Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage; drank 6/25/14 @ the Kid's.

Muddy purple/brown/orange hue.

No head; no lace.

Caramel, oak, dried figs, plums & slight booze heat in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, oak & dried figs mark the flavor; a strong brandy note emerges as this warms. Almost no booze heat, incredibly!

This has aged into a hall-of-fame after dinner treat. Masterful.
Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 poured in May of 2019. Nice pop when the cork came out. Pours a gorgeous dark brown with little head. Nose is brandy, port, raisins, oak, and maybe a touch of spice. The taste is great. Tons of flavor exploding on the first sip. Lots of brandy - the most I have tasted on a beer aged in brandy barrels. Lots of grapes, oak, candy, toffee, bread, and leather. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden. This beauty has aged gracefully over 8 years.

UPDATE: 2020 poured in 2022. Poured from under fridge temp (I would say close to 50 degrees). Lots of head - after that dissipated I can see a nice brown color.

Nose is insane. Apricots, peaches, toffee, figs, chocolate, red grapes. What a great aroma. Definitely keeps me wanting to take another sniff!

The taste is super smooth and full of toffee, brandy, apricots, figs, prunes, tree bark, and a touch of tobacco. Wow - this is amazing. Lots of fruit and malty goodness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a wonderful variant of Old Stock.
May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by rbrefbeerman from California

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.91 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.51 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Jan 19, 2019
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Reviewed by wbartolomie from California

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Opened my 2011 NC old stock 7/13/18. It was cellared at 55 degrees since 2011. Best beer I have had the pleasure of drinking. If you can find it. Its a must buy.
Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.71 by josephwa from Minnesota

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by bshefftz from California

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Mar 28, 2017
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Reviewed by rjp217 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2011.... Unbelievable barrel depth on this beast. Vanilla, toffee, maple, caramel. Oxidation is nonexistent on this bottle. Minimal carb as well. This beer pushes any boundaries I've seen out of barrel aging, just brilliant.
Feb 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jan 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by AdamSteve from Michigan

Dec 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by Sinhoptra from Nevada

Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 13, 2016
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Rated by JC335 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Tried 2011 on tap at World of a Beer. Strong alcohol on the front with a toffee after taste. Very drinkable but potent
Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle into snifter. 2011 cellar reserve.

A: Pours a deep raisin color with a thin and short lived dark tan head that quickly faded into nothing.
S: Oxidization sticks out to me the most on the nose with dominating notes of cardboard followed by slight sherry and slight soy sauce. I also get tons of leather, caramel, and brandy, with hints of toffee, and raisin.
T: Rich and complex notes of sweet brandy over flavors of powdery chocolate, leather, toffee, tobacco, musty cardboard, and just a touch of soy. The finish is full of toasted marshmallow and raisin, and I get lingering flavors of oxidization and brandy in the aftertaste.
M: Thick body, heavy and slick mouthfeel with a kick of booze. Soft and fairly smooth carbonation. Flavors are intense and potent overall, with a bitter and boozy finish and tingly aftertaste.
O: I wish this had held up a little better. Still despite the strong oxidization, the flavors in this were very rich, complex, and smooth.
Sep 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jul 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.84 by Tbull from Nebraska

Jun 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by Kark from Minnesota

Jun 04, 2016
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml corked and caged 2011 bottle poured into tulip 26/5/16 big thanks towards billverstien for sending the want my way

A slight haze in a reddish brown body, angry pour pumps out a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace but to be expected, thin legs running down the side

S caramel, molasses, brandy with the booze included, tobacco, figs and raisins, vanilla, faint leather, heaps of maple, maybe a little oxidized but it works with the style, hard toffee and more barrel, smells impressive really

T more booze and barrel, lots of burnt brown sugar, dried sugar coated fruit, more brandy, shes big no doubt but but I don't think I'd guess its over 15%

M syrup but not overly thick, numbs the lips, slick in the mouth but my lips are stuck together, there's heat going down but its smashing my chest and brain for the most part, has raisin and brandy going long on the finish

O I can't imagine how intense this stuff was fresh, shes drinking mellow but still has booze written all over it and could probably go another 5 years with no problem

A five year old bottling that could easily sit down for another 5-10 years with no problem, even with 5 years on it you can still tell its a little rough around the edges. World class stuff that's truly meant to go the distance under the stairs
May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 cork and caged 500ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass 5 years later.

Pours a dark caramel brown body, half finger white head, short retention, some lacing. Looks hefty and substantial as it comes out of the bottle. Smell is caramel, molasses, dark fruit, sweet brandy, oak, even a touch of chocolate. This is crazy complex. Flavour is similarly complex with tons of honey, molasses, dark fruit and caramel, with lots of big brandy presence. At first it's got no booze and lots of complexity to it. As it warms, more caramel and heat comes out. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, viscous with a nice sweet molasses and brandy warmth on the finish. I can't believe I haven't had this so far, but this is a ridiculously good barrel aged old ale that nobody should sleep on.
May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by Junkforadam from Oklahoma

May 15, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by deonreds from New York

Apr 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.98 by t8dd from Illinois

Apr 09, 2016
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 748 ratings