paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Naja’s Place. Pours clear amber with a medium size white head. Aroma is in your face bourbon, caramel, vanilla and more bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, bourbon, oak, caramel and the finish is vanilla, toffee and warming bourbon. Incredible beer.
Chalumeaux (433) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer, my 400th rate, for the Ratebeer Camp Extravganza. Pours hazy dark amber with a nice ring of off white foam. Aroma of caramel brown sugar bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very nice, tobacco, charred oak, bourbon, and sweet caramel. Quite the exceptional brew.
WillRunForBeer (1490) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage, 500mL. Pours mahoghany with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Smells really nice. Flavor is brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Nice.
onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Slightly hazy dark amber with not much head save for a wee ring of off white foam around the glass. Amazing nose with brown sugar, bourbon, sweet earthy caramalts, vanilla, and charred oak. Wonderful, stupendous aroma. And equally wonderful flavor. Loads of brown sugary bourbon, booze, charred oak, vanilla, raisin/dates, more brown sugar, bourbon nuances, more sugary vanilla, and a wonderful velvety texture with a touch of booze heat. And more brown sugary bourbon.
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brown pour. Aroma is full of vanilla, oak, bourbon, leather and some alcohol and ripe fruits. Flavor is warming alcoholic bourbon, slightly spicy and with a huge body and a smooth texture. Very nice brew.
sonnycheeba (4281) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle shared by jheath99. Pours tawny brown. Aroma is rich bready malts, tons of caramel and vanilla, oak, sweet booze, burnt toffee, and faint spice. Flavor is rich and malty with tons of caramel/toffee/vanilla sweetness balanced by dry oak character and some alcohol spice. Medium/full body.
superspak (3486) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in early 2015. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Minimal booziness overall in aromas and flavors. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged old ale style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering.
Chad9976 (1439) - 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 you’re probably going to end up with something great. That’s the premise of North Coast Old Stock 2013 Cellar Reserve, and the result is a delectable, sweet beastly brew that’s remarkably drinkable. My only complaint is that it’s 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: There’s a lot going on in this beer and it’s 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 that’s 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. There’s an aftertaste of fruit and dark malt, though it’s only temporary. Hops have nearly completely receded – only the faintest bitterness is detectable. Overall, it’s 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 anyone’s definition. Yet, it’s not quite the behemoth I was expecting. Yes, there’s considerable warmth from the alcohol, but never is it out of control. The mouthfeel is not quite carbonated syrup; in fact, it’s a little lighter than I was expecting. As sweet as the palette is, it doesn’t leave a sticky, cloying sensation (perhaps it should?). I was able to drink the entire bottle myself on a hot summer’s night (for whatever that’s worth).
TXBadger (1962) - 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 (274) - 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 (27) - 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 couldn’t live up to that standard buy enjoy and repeat.