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North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy Barrel

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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a one-time, small batch, limited release that has been aged in oak whiskey barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity. A memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a completely unique offering. Originally 14.7 ABV.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (392) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 2011 vintage. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is brandy barrel, heavy dark malts, cocoa, molasses..... Taste is all of the above blended perfectly. The mellow hop bitterness and the alcohol play with each other in the finish brightening the finish. This is nice. The best "American style" barley wine Iíve had. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbastard (639) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Dark Brown with no lacing. Ridiculously good! The aromas are a perfect blend of vanilla chocolate frosting of a cake. Extremely smooth Brandy flavors blended with toffee, chocolate, vanilla. Offset by the burn of the alcohol. It doesnít get much better than this. Smoothest high ABV. This is Great!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2011 Bottle at Jerryís. Dark muddy brown, scant fizzy tan, no lacing (but older and barrel-aged) / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, dark fruit, oak / Medium to full body, fizzy, sweet and somewhat chewy, good balance but slightly hot / Rich, big flavors of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, date, brandy barrel / Not trying it side by side, but doubtful this is appreciably better than regular Old Stock. Solid flavors, but not very complex, although the brandy barrel touch is there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle at Jackl is Backl tasting, big thanks to LKS for this top draw Barley Wine, 06/03/14. Dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan covering that soons collapses. Nose carries a big boozey waft, dark toffee fudge, sherry, tobacco, brandy snap biscuit, light cocoa, rich fruit cake mix, dates, spice, sticky toffee pudding. Taste comprises big dark fruit pangs, Xmas cake, dates, sherry tang, more brandy notes, demerara sugar, toffe apple, rich toffee fudge, boozey licks, tobacco. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweetish close laced with dark fruit skin notes. Super solid Barley Wine, complex and graceful.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnoud (253) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 2014.03.24 - North Coast Old Stock Ale 2011 Cellar Reserve - 500ml bottle in pint glass. Not a detailed review as itís been 4 or 5 days and a cross country trip since I had it. Iíll update if I get ahold of another bottle. Aroma: donít recall specifically but it was similar to 2009 Cellar Reserve but a bit sweeter. 9/10 Appearance: about the same as 2009 Cellar Reserve, maybe a tad darker. 5/5 Taste: basically everything 2009 was and more. A bit sweeter, more rich tasting. I am drinking some 2009 as I review this 2011. 2009 is getting a bit old now so it could be fresh vs. not, though 2009 is still yummy. 9/10 Palate: basically sweet, a bit more boozy than 2009 as itís now 15.2 % but still exceptionally smooth. 4/5 Overall: it was delicious. I canít wait to find more. One of my favorite beers gets a new edition. 19/20 edit: 2014.03.28 - Iím drinking another glass now. My impressions basically stand. Everything the 2009 was, but more boozy and caramel-y. Tasty stuff. Currently my highest rated beer. edit: 2014.03.31 - raised my overall rating to 19/20. Itís hard for me to imagine liking a beer more than this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Very thick, very syrupy barley wine that Iím not sure holds up to the ordinary Old Stock. Pasty caramelized malt with some hops and plenty of booze floating around. The brandy barrel does this well. Pours brown without much head or lacing - too boozy. Finishes sweet and boozy. Tap at Churchkey, bottom of keg.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (424) - Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2014
last pour of the night..post game at north coast tasting event...pours a caramel brown with a nose of caramelly brown sugar rising to the top amongst a memorable aroma ..mouthfeel is quite smooth for the ridiculously high abv..does provide some nice warmth on the back end..could be the smoothest offering I have had to date for the abv..very nice indeed..barrel goodness done well here...not your typical barleywine for sure..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey. Very happy to have a bottle of this to see how it does, but man is it good fresh. Exactly what youíd expect from the style, with huge molasses, port, sherry, caramel, nougat and marzipan, rich chestnut nuttiness, fig, raisin, and prune. Deep and boozy. Reminiscent of port barrel J.W. Leeís in a lot of ways, but bigger and more intense. Lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2011 bottle->snifter. Murky walnut brown with bare film. A: boozy plums and dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Complex. T: bittersweet dark fruit, sugars and malt, brandy. Nice. Great mouthfeel, neither oily nor cutting. This is very very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
Lucky enough to get two bottles - one from madbeerbaron and another from robertdale. 2011 500ml bottle. Ruby brown with essentially no head. Lots of fresh brandy, sweet, malty, toffee and brown sugar, plum skins and some tannin (which seems out of place but I am not a brandy expert at all). Mild carbonation and moderate body, pleasant on the palate, maple syrup finish, little too sweet for my liking but happy to have tried this nonetheless and curious as to how this develops over time.


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