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RATINGS: 454   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle from toncatcher -- thanks so much.

Another beer Iíd been very eager to try. Iím a big fan of the regular Old Stock (though not so much the 14+% version). Pours a caramel brown, rich and still, looking and smelling like bourbon - heavy acerbic oak aroma, tons of barrel influence, dates, bourbon of course. Powerful, powerful fumes! Nice sweet flavors, caramel and rich malts, indeed much like the old stock, but even boozier, lots of vanilla, mouth-drying oak. Here the bourbon works better on a barleywine base than it usually does, Iíd say. Itís like drinking liquor rather than beer, from the massive aroma to the heat on the tongue and the back of the throat to the thickness of the mouthfeel.

Itís a fascinating beer, pushing the edge of what I think of as beer toward what I think of as bourbon, but in the end I canít rate it as highly as the best bottles of well-aged regular old stock. Itís too harsh, the bourbon is too forward. Maybe with 3 more years it would mellow and the barrel character would meld into the base malts, but right now itís a serious bourbon BA show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2008
EBF 08. This one seems much more harsh and has a more pronounced bourbon character to it- even the vanilla and oak come through more here. Light fruity esters, good thick sweet malt profile syrupy with some maple hints, light floral qualities- maybe from the alcohol burn? Toasted almonds in the flavor, more sweet bourbon- light charr and burnt marshmellows with a smooth lingering bourbon finish wiht just the right amount of burn for a high abv beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
375ml caged and corked bottle from irishboy. Thanks Richard !Like the brandy barrel release, thereís plenty of beer/spirit/wood interaction. Not for everyoneís palate, but it works well for me. Heavy wet, charred wood, toasted caramel, vanilla, raisins and plums and alcohol on the nose. Like the brandy barrel, after the head dies, the beer looks still; dark, dark brown, nearly opaque with some rich amber highlights. Sweet caramel, toffee, alcohol, wood, a touch of smoke, vanilla. Heavy barrel presence. Medium to full bodied. Slightly sticky with medium carbonation. As with the brandy barrel, heavy on the alcohol notes but it works for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
NorCal Feb í08 - Not sure who brought this to the tasting, but thanks. Iíve got 2 bottles at home and Iíd like to compare what a little age does to them. Right now, the beer is really nice. An aroma of Play-Doh, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla and subtle tobacco notes. Flavors are caramel meltaways, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, with a little too much alcohol right now. Iím willing to bet some age will do wonders for this beer. Still, a great beer that will only get better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Poured a slightly hazed amber with a thin off-white head. Doughy and bourbon aroma. Also some fruity and woody notes. The flavor had big vanilla with bourbon and caramel. Woody notes. Very warming with a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle shared by EDA. Big, buttery, bourbon aroma, vanilla, lacking complexity. All oak. Hot and boozy, huge bourbon again, super buttery and dirty vanilla. Why do I keep using the same words in all these bourbon barrel reviews? God damn. I remember a couple years ago when I was having only my 2nd or 3rd bourbon barrel aged beer and I was still enjoying the new flavor that was coming with it. Now itís almost torture to drink these things, every beer that goes in to the barrel is different and everything that comes out is the same. Where is the originality or finesse?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
375 ml bottle that fordest brought for a tasting. I liked this a lot. The flavors of bourbon were present but not overpowering. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
375 ml bottle shared during a fun tasting with padrefan and stefanje. Murky brown with just a bit of head. Aromas were wood and dark dried fruits. Flavors were similar with a nice bourbon flavor and more dark fruits. Alcohol was noticeable, but not too hot. Lots of sweet and dusty, earthy flavors on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 Courtesy of fordest. Bottle shared with fordest and padrefan. Poured an amber-brown color that sort of looked like a cola. The head was small and quickly disappeared. The aroma was rich with Bourbon (and not rot-gut bourbon either, good stuff like Makers Mark). The flavor, like the aroma, is equally rich with good bourbon. In fact, my first reaction is that some madman carbonated a whiskey. Besides the bourbon, other big complex flavors present are oak, sweet malts, vanilla and raisins. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but holds up well. The finish is long with a slight sour character lingering. Overall: A first rate beer, Iím glad that i got the chance to try it. Highly recommended. Re-rate on 1-1-11, bottle from Bev4less, 2009 vintage, all notes and rating remain as they were. Still a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6017) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy of mj at the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock release party

Bottle: The aroma consists of maple syrup, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and light bourbon. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal white head. the liquid leaves nice sticky legs behind. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. Maple syrup is there, but itís toned down compared to the brandy barrel version. The finish has notes of vanilla and bourbon and the alcohol is much hotter than the brandy barrel version.

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