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North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 411   ABV: 13.7%
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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.

2007 Vintage 14.6% ABV
2009 Vintage 13.7% ABV


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
375 ml bottle from mj;Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and fruitiness; hazy dark brown with a small beige head;flavor is vanilla, oak, bourbon, and dark friut in a medium thick body; finish light alcohol and bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Poured a amber brown color with thin ring beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, more bourbon, hints of bourbon with a bourbon nose. Taste of dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. Hints of oak are evident. I think they are supposed to empty the bourbon barrel first.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle at Kuhnhenn’s Solstice Party shared by MJ! Pours a murky brown with a loose tan head. Aroma, sweet, lots of vanilla, oaky, roasted notes, and some caramel. Flavor, vanilla, caramel, some alcohol, molasses, with a sweet earthy finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Courtesy Dragonstout. Thanks Brian! Pours a lightly cloudy brown with not much head at all. Big, sweet caramel and bourbon really knock you back upon the first whiff. Once you get past that, you can retain some dark fruits, apples, and a noticeable alcohol burn. The flavor is of rich caramel and monster boozy bourbon. The fruits are more noticeable in the finish once it gets past the big bourbon wave up front. The aftertaste burns somewhat, almost like the after effects of taking a shot of alcohol. I enjoyed it, but it was fairly over the top and needs to sit a while for maximum enjoyment.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Sampled at YEHA. A small sample of this beer. The bourbon was so strong in this one it was tough to even taste anything else. Wood, vanilla and light caramel. I am a fan of bourbon and BA beers but this one is a little too rough and is in need of some serious cellering.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6043) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Tasted at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice and provided by MJ, thanks!

Deep russet brown with a small fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has major APPLE (Acetaldehyde) vapour along with bourbon, vanilla, herbal hop, mint and oak. The taste has a nice malty and spicy overtone with some twangy fruit character. Salty and woody before finishing with a bourbon boozy finish. Aggressive and warming mouth feel. A nice brew but too much bourbon, not near the class of the Brandy Barrel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Pours cloudy brown, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, alcohol, and vanilla. Flavor is bourbon, wood, alcohol, caramel, and vanilla. This is nice, but still hot. Not as good as the Brandy barrel. Thanks to WeeHeavySD for this bottle. Originally 8-4-8-4-17 = 4.1 2009 vintage, drank on 9/23/2011 - Description is much the same, but two years of age improved it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2007
The anticipation of this beer can hardly be described in a thousand words. As the bottle was passed down the line my eyes lit up as if I was a child waking up late on Christmas Eve. Oh the sounds of Santa Claus bringing an unknown Christmas surprise! My friends this is truly my milk and cookies! Finally the liquid black gold has filled my humble glass. The copper color gives way to brown much like the parched ground after a much needed rain storm. Upon sniffing the beer I’m taken away to the old whiskey houses of Tennessee. I can see the humble workers placing their pride and joy in the barrels to be aged and enjoyed by all. The caramel I smell, oh my golly goodness, is caramel covered apples that grandmammy gave to all the neighborhood groundlings. Once the brew hit my lips the real fun has just begun. One thinks the whiskey might not come forth but indeed it does. And it does with gusto! The molasses comes out as if it was time for the morning pancakes. The dark fruits dance about my tongue. I’m having daydreams of prunes and raisins. At the back of this house of pleasure comes a dose of vanilla extract. Just like a fine wine or a fine woman this one needs some age on it to be fully appreciated. But like most things in life, the age brings on the beauty! Sail me off to the North Coast and let me do so in a barrel!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
YEHA. Brown in color. Aroma: heavy bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla. Taste is full bodied with alot of caramel, boubon, oak, and vanilla. Bourbon overpowers the beer a bit, I still enjoyed it however.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2005:
Aroma: light vanilla, some spices, some alcohol, mediciny
Appearance: dark orangy-brown, small creamy head, lacing
Flavor: vanilla, some apple and cinamon spices, wood barrels, butterscotch candies
Palate: smooth and creamy, not as great of a mouth feel compared to the brandy aged beer
Overall: the brandy aged was way better, if had to choose only one, would have the brandy aged


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