Oak Barrel Aged Old Stock Ale | Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Oak Barrel Aged Old Stock AleOak Barrel Aged Old Stock Ale

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Outer Banks Brewing Station
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Pencible on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled January 2012.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue with a finger of frothy tan foam atop. A good looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt with a nice, piquant tartness. It's got a bit of a sour candy smell like an oud bruin; I like it.

Taste: a quick sourness hits the palate at first but quickly fades into a sweeter flavor. There's a nice lightly chocolatey taste here which really works for me. I tend to be a fan of sour browns, so it's not surprising that I like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good carbonation. It's more prickly & refreshing than smooth & creamy, but that works here. Still, a little bit more prickliness would work a lot better for me.

Overall: I like this beer. It has pretty mixed reviews thus far, but for an experimental, barrel-aged, sour-style old ale, it works for me.

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look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Let me start this review by saying I am a pretty big fan of all of the other brews I got to try from this brewery. At worst, I found their beer to be far above average in each style across the board. Excellent IPA, wonderful porter and a number of decent other brews. This beer however is an atrocity... and I absolutely love wild/sour/funky offerings.

From the same batch of stubby 11.2 oz bottles mentioned by the reviewers before me. Purchased from the brewery and kept in the a fridge/cooler until consumption. Before I even crack the cap, I notice a pellicle has formed across the top of the solution. Adequately chilled in my fridge for a few days, I proceed with caution knowing there is a chance for gushing. The cap pries off without issue. The brew appears a cola brown, murkey with a creamy tan head sitting atop. The head remains with pretty solid retention but fades eventually.

The smell of this brew is not good at all. It is borderline putrid of mold, mildew and wet wood. There is a mushroom essence mixed with earth. This beer smells like a basement that was flooded and not cleaned up. If this is what a barrel smelled like before putting a beer in it, id use it for campfire fuel and not consider ruining a beer with it.

I cant stop there. I muster up the strength to press on with a taste. The flavor is sadly a reiteration of the aromatics: moldy basemebt mildew mixed with blue cheese that was opened and forgotten about in a fridge for a couple years. There is some tartness, dark fruit and chocolate malt. Stale coffee faintly in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The funk on this one is outright bad. Would be consumers should approach with caution. It takes some mental prep but I took a couple sips before almost gagging. Most of the bottle unfortunately went down the drain without hesitation. Wow what a waste, im a moron for buying 2 of these at $9 a piece. Surely the brewer did not intend for this beer to turn out this way.

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Pours a hazy root beer color with a slight off white head. Smells of super nice tart and funk captures my attention. First sip is not as tart or funky as nose indicated. Nice mix of tart and funk. A tad of overly ripe fruits like plums and figs along with brown sugar are in the mix. Well carbonated adds to a great mouthfeel. A pretty good beer with a nice overall funk.

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11.2 oz bottle thanks to axeman9182. Batch 01, brewed 9/2010, barreled in wine oak casks on 9/2010, bottled in 1/2012 (7 months ago). Poured into Founders tulip. Spanish Vitis-Reductis sherry-making concept used: boil grape juice down to 1/3 original volume then add fresh grape juice.

A- Pours a very dark pretty much opaque purple with a very thin yellowish head that quickly recedes to leave a pretty much flat top and light yellowish brown bubbles lining the sides of the glass. Some small carbonation bubbles, definitely below average carbonation, but not surprising due to the cask aging.

S- Strong presence of muscat grapes, grape juice, oak, and a large wine-like presence. Probably the closest to wine I've ever smelled in a beer. Very lightly sour and pungent, but fairly pleasant smelling. Definitely above average aroma strength.

T- Muscat grapes, some white grapes, oak, fairly wine like but not as much as in the aroma, definitely tastes like aged grape juice (not too juicy) with a little bit of an oak presence. Tastes fairly pleasant, everything is balanced decently well, not a ton of complexity for a barrel aged beer.

M- Medium bodied, fairly robust, easy to drink, low carbonation, goes down smoothly, abv very well hidden.

O- This was definitely an interesting beer. Not as much complexity as I would have liked, however it was easy to drink and well balanced. All the flavors came out very robustly in the aroma/smell, but still remained fairly balanced. Mainly just grapes with a definite wine quality. I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer, it was definitely enjoyable but I'm not sure if I'd definitely go through the effort to seek it out again.

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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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11.2 oz bottle, botted on date of January 2012. It was allowed to warm just a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

OBX Brewing Station's Oak Barrel Aged Old Stock Ale pours a dark mahogany, with very faint ruby highlights. A finger or so of light brown foam caps the beer, sticking around for a little bit before fading relatively cleanly. The nose has a brief note of brown sugar before juicy grapes and a tart aroma come in and take over. All in all pretty intriguing. The flavor profile opens with the effects of the grape juice/wine barrel aging, as there's a little bit of dark fruitiness from the grapes, a little bit of oak, and some acidic, vinous sourness present. The back end though, is just not good. It's a musty taste that moves more towards straight moldy as the beer warms. by the time I hit the halfway point in the glass it's seriously reminding me of a recently flooded basement. The score would be much lower if the first half wasn't so nice. The body is a little too full, and the carbonation a little dull, the end result being mouthfeel that I'd describe as slick, and not in a great way. Most of the beers I've had from the Outer Banks Brewing Station have been at least good, so I didn't hesitate to pick up a couple (relatively) expensive bottles of what sounded like an interesting brew (or to send them out as extras before I tried the beer). Unfortunately this one's not up my alley, I don't think I'm going to finish the whole glass.

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Batch 1 (Brewed 9/2010, Bottled 1/2012)
Sampled 6/2012

A: This poured a murky mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sour cabernet grapes and funky oak and sweet brown sugar, with some fig and toffee and mild vinegar.
T: It tasted like sweet brown sugar and fig and raisin, with some sour apple and tart red grapes and funky oak, and a little copper and cardboard. It had a somewhat clean and mellow aftertaste that was sweet and sour.
M: It was somewhat thick with almost no carbonation. Unusually flat.
D: This was not what I expected. The other two barrel aged beers were better. This one seemed overly oxidized, which was unfortunate. The scent and taste were a nice balance of sweet and sour, but nothing terribly vibrant or crisp. The body was not good, and the finish wasn't the smoothest. More age isn't recommended. Still an enjoyable beer, but could have been much better.

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