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North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 404   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


BLuke01's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a dark black with a decent caramel head developing. Head dissipates quickly to a small ring collecting around the glass. Big vanilla and toffee up front in the aroma with hints of homemade caramel. Tastes of vanilla cocoa with undertones of bourbon shining through. Very clean beer with minimal residual flavor lasting too long on the palate. Over all the is a top notch barrel aged stout.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle, Vertical tasting with 2014 old stock, 2012 ostuchi, 2011 Brandy, 2009 Bourbon. All pour similar murky brown with the BA versions being fairly low carb. Aroma is dark fruits, light oak and bourbon, smooth booze and rich malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2477) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
2009 vintage in ceramic grey bottle. Pours a murky brown with minimal white lacy head. Aroma of heavy bourbon vanilla sweetness. Taste is more balanced toward the malt, but still big bourbon notes. Little to no carbonation, sweet and boozy, but nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1515) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Vintage 2009 bottle purchased and poured at The Porter Bar in Atlanta on 11/23/14. Pours deep dark brown with no head at all. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, caramel, lots of smooth bourbon still present, oak, toffee, marshmallow. Flavor follows with a big bourbon punch that is very mellow, sweet brown sugar and caramel, vanilla marshmallow notes, a hint of chocolate, smooth oak. Wow this is good. Chewey body with low plus carbonation, coats the mouth. This was really nice and the bottle was clearly well-kept for the past few years. Just a really nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3074) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle (375 ml). 2009 vintage. Slightly hazy dark ruby with a small ring of beige foam. Aroma is quite complex with bourbon, figs, plums, raisins, vanilla, molasses, alcohol, oxidation notes, oak and hints of tobacco. Taste is not really sweet, which is nice... but it didn’t held up as good as the aroma. There’s bourbon, molasses, tobacco, vanilla, plums, figs, raisins and alcohol. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Viscous and syrupy mouthfeel. Warming (but not burning) finish. Very elegant Barrel-Aged Barley Wine! Quite complex and nice depth. Aroma is entincing. Completely different than the regular Old Stock, which tell a lot about how good are these guys with barrels.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2009, bottle pour at CK. Syrupy mahogany pour, almost no head. Nose and flavor were rife with molasses, marzipan, caramel, still some boozy heat, huge malt complexity. Rich, but not cloying or overbearing. Really nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
2009 vintage. Among the best barley wines I’ve had. Pours clear mahogany with good head and lacing. Not so syrupy but thick. Smells like a lot of barrel on initial whiff but comes together with good balance afterwards. Some caramel, booze is well-hidden. Great stuff. Bottle pour at Churchkey -- thanks to Jackl for a taste of this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle @ CK. deep brown with no head. Strong bourbon. Vanilla and toffee. Some raisin and cocoa. The flavors a beautiful representation of tasteful barrel treatment. Holy shit. Perfect vanilla and hot cross buns. Rich, thick caramel malt notes. Slight heat on the finish. Full body, soft carb. So excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"nuts, wood, caramel, dark fruit...whiskey and butterscotch. the hops even show themselves just a little, making this an incredibly smooth, complex sipper. i can’t say i like it better than the Raspy 12...and definitely not 9x as good as Old Stock, though it costs more than 2 four packs of the base brew. that said, it was worth it for a bottle...and since this was a split bottle, i still got one more."

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (858) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Malty and mild bourbon balances well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3824) - - SEP 21, 2014
2009 bottle. muddy brown with a small but persistent beige head and some lively bubbles arising from the murky depths. oaky woody aroma with caramel and hints of vanilla. lots of sweet caramel and vanilla with oak and bourbon. more carbonated than usual for this sort of thing to my surprise. the co2 level however distracts slightly from the complex flavor. its a good beer, but not worth the heavy pricetag. i remember sampling the brandy barrel years ago and remember it as superior.


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