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North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 393   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
2009 vintage ceramic bottle courtesy of a PUBíN groupie. Pours turbid ruddy dark brown with 1-finger clingy frothy off-white head. Nose is heavy caramel, bronw sugar, figgy fruit, oaky bourbon...great nose. Tastes very rich with amazing complexity. A big blast of caramel up front, followed by figgy fruit, hops, earthy oaky bourbon notees, some late heat, but well hidden alcohol overall. As it warms, it evolves with more vinous and bourbon flavors, approaching the rare Tripel Point of Beer (TPB, a DocLock trademark) whereupon a beverage exhibits traits from all 3 major ethanolic beverages, namely beer, spirits, and wine. This one is amazing, and I am happy that the PUBíN (Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network) continues to be privileged with these types of rare and outstanding beers. Boo-yah!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2011 Several pours sampled at Capital Beerfest in Sacramento. This was the 3rd beer of the festival for me. The aroma has fantastic bourbony vanilla notes present with a nice, underlying sweetness. Scant cardboardy oxidation present. The aroma is fantastic, and I could smell this all day. Moderately hazy amber body with a medium white head and great legging present. Starts with a good amount of mild bourbon character, which then becomes a little buttery in the middle. This works, though. A little dryness and mild ethanol comes in late. Finishes with lasting vanilla sweetness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, and ethanol is fairly minimalized. This is amazing stuff! Itís probably the best beer I have ever had. I need to try a bottle to see if I have a similar experience.-----Re-Rate-& rating above is confirmed. This is the best beer I have ever had in my life, and I think it is worthy of my first 5.0

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Yep. Iím a five whore. This beer is beer Nirvana. Along with a couple other pretty much perfect offerings from Fifty Fifty, North Coast, Russian River, and Mikkeller... this one has the same problem... I simply cannot detract from it. Itís awesome. North Coastís regular Old Stock is perfect in my book (with a year of age on it, fresh, not so much). This is perfect as well. It just takes a perfect beer, and make a tasteful tweak that makes it different from the original... but still perfect. This beer is a caramel, sweet malt, and bourbon orgy in your mouth. Except itís a totally hot chick orgy... and youíre on a spaceship, the Niners are winning the Super Bowl, and Pantera is playing in the background.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours reddish with clouds of whispy head. Aroma and taste of coconut and cremť brulee. The best barleywine Iíve had to date.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Holy crap. If you like bourbon beers, this is the best of the best. Tastes like bourbon lite with great malt undertones. I love this.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson (2523) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Acquired at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in March. I believe this was priced at about $30. Enjoyed at Cellar temp in a snifter.

A - 2-finger slight tan head was produced but faded almost instantly. Very solid alcohol legs on the glass. Sort of a dark brown, hint of amber and plum appearance.

S - Hint of sweetness and minor maltiness on the nose. Itís a very unsuprisingly unsweet scent for a barleywine. Then again, this is an aged beer so perhaps this isnít too surprising. Smokey oak and Bourbon and present but very smooth and not over boozy. The nose overall has a great balance.

T - This is incredibly hard to describe. First, I get some dark fruits like figs and cherries. Followed by a minor sweetness and hint of delicate vanilla bourbon whiskey. The sweetness is a mix of simple syrup and brown sugar. I love that thereís this caramel and candy like taste at the finish.

M - This coats the tongue and numbs it. Itís a mouth numbing beer that has a sort of orajel like feeling when it numbs things. Very heavy body, slick oily texture and vanilla sweetness finish.

O - This may be one of the finest barley wines Iíve ever had. Itís incredible and exceptional in so many ways. Itís hard to not give this beer a 5.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1582) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Great. Huge beer. Had at 28 Springs in a bottle. Slight alcohol notes but caramel and malt comes through. Nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle at Najaís Place. Pours clear amber with a medium size white head. Aroma is in your face bourbon, caramel, vanilla and more bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, bourbon, oak, caramel and the finish is vanilla, toffee and warming bourbon. Incredible beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
She is a beauty. pours dark like maple syrup with a light head that recedes leaving nothing to show. Aromas of french toast, peach cobbler, and graham crackers. Full nectar and unctuous with good carbonation. This lays heavily on the tongue but the bubbles push through effortlessly. This brew is a sipper, like fine Cognac you just want to savor every sip. Flavors similar to aroma with the addition of a pronounced Bourbon essence. Throw in some butterscotch, plum nectar and ginger. Above and beyond, this brew pushes the envelope. High density sweetness balanced by a bit of bittering and alcohol. The finish goes on and on.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Bottle from Bottle Barn. Holy crap! This beer was the bee’s nuts! Aged Old Stock, sweet barleywine over bourbon. Right up my alley. I drank this one on Xmas eve, and with all the crap going on it shed a little light on the evening. Nice freakin work...outstanding beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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