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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2007
375ml bottle. Dark brown, seems darker than the brandy version but I canít tell. Nose of sweet maple pancake syrup, spicy sweet buttery, prickly butter, and light alcohol actually. Sweet maple up front, chewy and rich, turning more hot with the bourbon and wood tannins showing up, finishing with a hot bite over the back and a lingering buttery bourbon and bread flavor. Very good, but almost candy sweet at times, heavy with the vanilla extract flavors, and the barrel doesnít work as well with the Old Stock as does the brandy barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Old Stock 2005 Bourbon
Date: December 15, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark brown, scant head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with sweet vanilla and a touch of bourbon
Flavor: sweet caramel and vanilla flavor followed by lots of bourbon, balanced by the oaky character, hot alcohol in the finish

Name: Old Stock 2005 Bourbon
Date: April 04, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Score: 3.7 to 4.0
Aroma: aroma is drying out but still very rich caramel and bourbon with just a touch of the vanilla sweetness
Flavor: flavor is as good or better than ever, rich caramel, balancing bourbon, vanilla sweetness, touch of chocolate, alcohol is a bit tempered but still present

Name: Old Stock 2005 Bourbon
Date: December 31, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: clear dark brown, frothy beige head, viscous with legs
Aroma: hot sweet bourbon and caramel aroma
Flavor: rich caramel and vanilla flavor, lots of hot bourbon, light fruityness is almost masked by the bourbon
Overall: this bottle is coming out boozier than the last bottle dimishing the candy character until the very end

Name: Old Stock 2009, Bourbon
Date: March 06, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet bourbon candy aroma, caramel and vanilla, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet bourbon flavor, lots of caramel and vanilla candy character, sweet and fruity

Name: Old Stock 2009, Bourbon
Date: July 06, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
rich caramel and chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light fruityness, caramel candy,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Old Stock 2005 Bourbon
Date: July 07, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Score: 4.0 to 4.2
the candy is back as the booziness receeds and allows the caramel and vanilla rein, rich, fruity, good dose of bourbon, as good or even better than ever,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bourbon, Scotch, whatever. So I donít know my alcohol but this was hot whatever it was. Definitely a lot of wood and caramel on the aroma. Taste was similar. I liked the heat to it and the consistency as well. maybe I have sweet tooth because this one was sweet. Body was a little toward syrupy but still pretty smooth. The vanilla and bourbon with candy caramel worked very well together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2430) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Madness@the Moose YEHA. Bottle provided by goldtwins with help from a very nice person on the West Coast. This was a 375mL bottle and there was enough of this to go around to 20 people. Mainly, because the bourbon and alcohol were so strong that nobody could drink more than 1or 2 ships of this. And this was one of the first beers to be opened. Eghh, too strong, too much wood and it lost all of the wonderful characteristics of the original beer, which by itself is awesome. A second go around on these barrels might make a better beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a deep orangish / brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, oaky woodiness, and some citrus. Tastes of bourbon (on the stronger side), vanilla, caramel, woody, and some alcohol. Lively body. This one definitely has lots of bourbon in it (good think I like bourbon!).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Poured a hazy, red brown color with thin ring of off white bubbles, no lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits, light roast, and even a bit of chocolate. Taste of bourbon - strong, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a viscous hazy dark copper mahogany with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel and bourbon vanilla with a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Starts dense and caramely sweet, but has a lot of warming alcohol toward an oaky, doughy dark malty sweet finish. A nice beer and should age well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
More vanilla than bourbon and the beer is strangely ready to drink now. Smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
375mL bottle. Pours a murky brownish color with yellowed edges, similar to a dark cup of tea; yellowish-tan head retaining a slight perimeter of bubbles; looks a bit messy from the beginning, reminiscent of some of the lesser BA offerings from Drakeís. The aroma offers quite a bit: not exactly a sweet, oozing bourbon character, but plenty of cedar and toastiness and a bit of butterscotch (not buttery, but something closer to a caramel candy chewiness); thereís also a stalky/green earthiness hovering over everything in the nose. Itís certainly not shy. Plenty of warming bourbon in the mouthfeel, even at first contact: a lively jolt of citrus at the very tip, following by a mouthfilling chewy bourbon character: dense toasted oak, some butter, and just an enormous warming presence that made me forget we keep the thermostat at 68; itís certainly a bit muddled, in a way that actually reminds me a lot of the recent BA Old Numbskull release or, again, some of the Drakeís BA beers; but the bourbon character here is excellent and generous and filling; any slight roughness at the edges is kept in check by a lively citrus note and very reasonable levels of carbonation; a slightly muddled, tasty barrel-aged beer with a fair amount of dried fruits and caramel lurking beneath the barrel. Definitely a sipper for cold evenings. Lengthy, toasty oak and butter and bourbon in the finish; very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Ruby tints that fade to brief soft pinks glaze the edging of a very dark chestnut body, translucent from above but far too dark to see through from a sideways glance. A thin ring of carbonation breaks at the edge of the glass, no head forms. The nose is melodramatic and understated at once. Alcohol plays a less pivotal role in the dominance of character in this barreled version of Old Stock. Bourbon is fine and elegant, a transitional piece between sultry vanilla and tannic barrel nuances and a softly hopped barleywine of impeccable character. This is more refined than its counterpart, therefore not as engaging; still just as interesting though, due to such nobility expressed through a combination of heritage and seemless barrel aging/blending. Vanilla is strong, bourbon is moderate, spice is adequate. Nothing overpowers, everything is easy to grasp, nothing is simplistic. Caramel becomes the dominant aroma as the temperature approaches that of the surrounding room. Dark fruit is intertwined with sugary malts, mainly apricot and dates. Alcohol is medium-high in kick, less than the other version, but less interesting too. This is a damn tasty barleywine. A dense wall of microscopic carbonation evenly disperses sweet caramel over the tongue and clogs up the back of the throat, creating a barrier that forces tannic waves into the deepest corners of the cheeks and drives spice into the tastebuds. Sweetness is high but doesnít seem overwhelming. Tannins are as strong as Iíve encountered in a barrel-aged brew. Fruits seems glazed with bourbon, much like what would be found on a dessert platter at an overpriced brunch outing. Burned caramel malts linger in a lightly roasty and lightly bitter finish that leaves mild astringency around to clean up the stressed palate. Carbonation mustíve been pinned down by a syrupy body, because itís quite vibrant at the conclusion of each tantalizing sip. This is destined for greatness, but that might take a while.

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