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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 423   ABV: 14.1%
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.

2005 Vintage 14.6% ABV
2007 Vintage 14.6% ABV
2009 Vintage 13.7% ABV
2013 Vintage 14.1% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Grabbed this gem in a trade with Solomon420 a few months back. 375mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark hazy caramel brown with a small cream-colored head that hangs around as a decent collar for a while and doesn’t leave much lacing. The first aroma out of the bottle was the bourbon which remained the dominant smell throughout. There are plenty of other things in the nose with some caramel sweetness, figs, raisins and molasses. On top of all that is the vanilla from the barrel. The taste followed the aroma but with more of the underlying beer coming out. The sugary sweetness comes out more aggressively and the bourbon plays a more supporting role (which is a positive for me). The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and medium bodied with minimal carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn through the finish. This is a great, great beer and very drinkable given the ABV. A (very) small notch below the Brandy Barrel, but that’s pretty good company. Big thanks to Damian for sharing this rarity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Lots of alcohol latent fruits, plum, cherry, raisin. Sweet brown sugar, light oakiness, vanilla, and of course loads of bourbon, to much for most, but just right for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Deep, rich brown color. Aroma is boozy and strong. Bourbon barrel aging is very prominent. Flavor is very bourbon-forward and very strong. Not bad, but a little to boozy and harsh for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
375 ml bottle, courtesy of davecooks, huge thank you Dave. Dark brown, hazy pour with virually no head. Big bourbon aroma, came right out and smacked me in the nose. Very sweet and pretty hot as well from the bourbon. I do like it though,its my kind of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2005 bottle. Pours a copper color with lots of particulate and a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bourbon, candied sugar, vanilla, wood, Taste is very bourbon, brown sugar, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
This one had a slightly different presence to it. The sweetness in this one was just a little over the top for me. Still a pretty good tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Dark clear bronze with a minimal head. Dark fruits, oak, subtle bourbon and an odd tinge of chlorine in the nose. Flavor notes of caramel, wood, vanilla, raisin, fig, bourbon, brown sugar and earthy hop character. Pleasant level of sweetness. Full, round body with a medium level of carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle from Amorphiss. To be honest, I did not have as much expectation as I had with the brandy version and it might have something to do with the fact that I enjoyed this one better than the Brandy one. Dark mahogany color with tan head that leave thin lace all along the tasting. Strong aroma and flavor of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and somewhat maple. As with its brandy counterpart, the body is thin and the alcohol gets a little overwhelming but the fact that the beer has some complexity and depth makes it very enjoyable to sip in a cold winter night. Thanks Peter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Dark bronze colored beer. Very nice aroma showcases notes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, maple and sweet bourbon. Flavor is very complex, but still a touch hot and slightly too bourbon accented. Still has some serious malt depth to it, with notes of melted caramel, chocolate, cocoa and toffee. Very nice natural carbonation. These BA Old Stocks are beauties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23723) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2008
Bottled, thanks Marsblursi! Cloudy mahogany colour. Woody whiskey aroma. Sweet and full bodied. A bit sticky with some syrup and lots of alcohol. Sugar and vanilla mingle with caramel and prunes. They’re a bit hard on the booze though, so the alcohol burn gets a bit overwhelming. I prefer the regular Old Stock.

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