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)
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4.49/5
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725 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
725
pDev:
7.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of sugarman
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jvillefan
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: A hazy deep golden brown color, with no head. What you would expect an old ale to look like.

S: It smells like dessert. There is deep caramel flavors. There are obvious hints of brandy here as well.

T: Nearly perfect for an old ale. This is an after dinner beer for sure. There is toffee, caramel, biscuit, and plenty of brandy and vanilla from the barrels.

M: Thick bodied with minimal carbonation.

O: Amazing beer. Well done North Coast. The only old ale that I've had that is beer is Utopia and it's very very very close, except Old Stock is way cheaper. For the price the best old ale out there.

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Photo of PatrickJay
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DudeBeerYaBro
3.06/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown color, no head. Smell has a gorgeous brandy, dark fruits and oak. Taste is very smooth with the same flavors coming through. Light carbonation which I always appreciate with this style. Excellent beer overall

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Photo of Hootie159
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandoneast
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neurobot01
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: pours a very nice reddish-brown with very little head, but some carbonation evident.

Smell: holy wonderful hell. Smells like straight grapey boozy cognac. Molasses, tobacco, leather, and maybe some very mild hops. I want to smell this forever.

Taste: much like the smell. Actually, halfway between the smell and several-year-aged Old Stock. Up front, lots of grape and mild tobacco; gives way to more pronounced caramel and possibly hop notes. Finishes clean, with a good lingering sweet grape and booze.

Feel: medium bodied, but feels light, if that makes sense. Alcohol is present, but not unpleasant. Not especially dry.

Overall: I don't actually know how this beer could be improved. It's not that I think it's perfect, it's just I don't know what I would do to make it better. As it is, it's very good. And the nose... yeesh.

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Photo of okono
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JulianC
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bagman007
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Theortiz01
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fiver29
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vma
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mudboneINla
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emottram
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this. Have wanted it for years but never had it. 2011 vintage.

Pours a depe murky brown with a few off white bubbles and low carbonation evident. Caramel, bready malts, toasted malts, sweet bourbon, very oxidized. Thin body and low carbonation.

Overall much like the BA Old Rasputin's I think these fade after a few years...this one was good but way past its prime. Don't hold on to their Cellar Reserve beers for more than 1-2 years IMO.

Still very good but goes from very good, to great, and then back to very good.

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Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopazoid
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rugbypsu
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 725 ratings