Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes! Pours dark brown with bubbly white head. Aroma is dark fruits, slightly acidic, vanilla, alcohol, spicy. Taste is sweet, spicy, sour, hot, thick, wonderful, busy. No lacing. Delicious. This was really amazing. Itís understandably expensive but is worth the price.
Chad9976 (1389) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Take an excellent Old Ale and age it in bourbon barrel and youíre probably going to end up with something great. Thatís the premise of North Coast Old Stock 2013 Cellar Reserve, and the result is a delectable, sweet beastly brew thatís remarkably drinkable. My only complaint is that itís merely excellent rather than world class.
I poured a 500ml corked and cage bottle into a flared snifter (thanks to Patrick at the brewery for the bottle!).
Appearance: A hazy shade of murky burgundy to brown proper. Completely opaque. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and completely.
Smell: Lovely scent of dark fruit, chocolate and bourbon though not especially pungent.
Taste: Thereís a lot going on in this beer and itís all pretty tasty to say the least. The base brew has a sweet, authentic palette of dark and dried fruits: plum, raisin, fig, cherry, dates, etc. But thatís after the light milk chocolate sensation which opens each swig. On the finish the bourbon barrel appears to impart an earthy woody character, some vanilla and a hint of smoke. Alcohol grows stronger on each sip and becomes ever so slightly distracting. Thereís an aftertaste of fruit and dark malt, though itís only temporary. Hops have nearly completely receded Ė only the faintest bitterness is detectable. Overall, itís what I would consider a great-tasting brew.
Drinkability: At 14.1% ABV, North Coast Old Stock 2013 Cellar Reserve is a big beer by anyoneís definition. Yet, itís not quite the behemoth I was expecting. Yes, thereís considerable warmth from the alcohol, but never is it out of control. The mouthfeel is not quite carbonated syrup; in fact, itís a little lighter than I was expecting. As sweet as the palette is, it doesnít leave a sticky, cloying sensation (perhaps it should?). I was able to drink the entire bottle myself on a hot summerís night (for whatever thatís worth).
TXBadger (1889) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice brown color with little tan head. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates, bourbon, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon warmth and more fruit.
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar San Francisco. Pours muddy chocolate milk brown with a small beige head. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, figs, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, toffee and oak. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is milk chocolate and caramel with warming alcohol.
maxifunk777 (26) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another very good beer by north coast but 2011 in brandy barrels was such a great beer that it just couldnít live up to that standard buy enjoy and repeat.
mfrato (110) - - MAY 30, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect beer. Pours a dark reddish bordering on a brown porter, heavy white lacing makes it. Aroma is strong cocoa, vanilla and bourbon, with some sweetness. Flavor is out of this world. Seriously can not describe how good this beer is. Here is my poor attempt. Up front is cocoa, and some coffee, this continues through the middle and mingle with incredibly smooth bourbon and caramel flavors. The finish is definitely bourbon with an amazing uptick and just the right amount of bitterness to not be too sweet. Honestly, I would drink this beer every single day if I could. Palate lingers nicely, and fades into happiness.
hackobock (2176) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
May 22, 2015. Bottle, at home received in a trade with rfraga7, thanks! Vintage 2009.
Deep brownish red with a medium sized, quicjly dissipating, off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, figs, raisins, vanilla, light oak notes. Taste is medium sweet toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, alcohol, medium bitter, very slight oxidized. Finish is quite bitter with warming alcohol together with sweet vanilla, toffee and bourbon. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation, a bit thinner and more carbonation then expected.
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 reserve bottle. Appearance is deep brown caramel. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is brown sugar, oak, vanilla, toasty then dry finish. Good but much prefer brandy barrel sweetness and even the base beer over this.
Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco with Taylor. allies brown murky. Aroma is fit raison sticky sweetness. Taste is thick charred caramel, raison fig. Really nice smooth fireside sipper.
dfinney23 (2236) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 sampled back-to-back with a 2011 Brandy which I found to be even better. Not that this oneís bad! Lots of caramel, dark fruit and no shortage of bourbon.
crajun (1067) - , Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 purchased in 04/15 and dranked. I think I paid a stupid amount for this, but it was dammm good. aroma is layered caramel, but also oakey bourbon is in there. whiskey looking pour. 5 for palate - not sludgy thick, but solid. Taste is great. caramel, figs, some brown sugars and a good alcohol burn finish. liked this better colder as it warms the alcohol would over power.