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

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Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vintages: 2005, 2011

Added by BeerBeing on 06-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
725
Reviews:
121
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
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453
Gots:
185
For Trade:
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Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JC335
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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Photo of scottfrie
3.64/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbull
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kark
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of t8dd
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of gutbuster
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NWHopinator
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuanAlberto
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JKasten988
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hopley
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This is from 2011, so 4-5 years since bottling.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown and leaves a finger of light tan head. Looks a bit murky, which makes sense. (4)

S: Sugar coated figs, oak, grapes, toffee, chocolate. (4.5)

T: Oak, grapes, caramel, figs, plums, grapes, big toffee finish. Superb balance and blend of flavors. I figured this for 11 or 12%. Perhaps time has mellowed it, but it's drinking great. (4.75)

M: Medium to full body with low to med. carb and just a touch sticky.

O: Some great flavors in here - sweet and delicious. This beer has held together very well. (4.75)

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Photo of jeff1973
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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