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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2009 vintage in the gray ceramic bottle served in a snifter. Dark brown cola pour. Surprising amount of carbonation for the age under a cork. An off white head fades quickly but a gentle swirl brings the dense, consistent foam top right back for a moment. Aroma is maple, oak, and bourbon. Itís got the same aroma as Utopias or Triple Bock. I had this in 2009 upon the release audit was a luxurious, boozy, elixir. This is still good but Iím sad to say that at this age itís lost a lot of the body and sweetness I recall from before. The flavor is more oak than beer and the palate is very thin. Alcohol heat remains but this drinks much more like a whiskey than a beer. I wish I had opened this one sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Aromas of huge barrel wood, caramel, leather, oak, molasses, malt syrup, liquid malt extract and hints of coconut and bourbon. Pours a crimson brown with lively carbonation. Taste is very carbonated with notes of caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses,tons of nuttiness, tons of oak and toffee. Finishes rather boozy with a big bourbon mouth-feel and warmth.Overall, tons of deep malt complexity plus the bourbon really highlights the base beer. Very oak, caramel and nut forward. Impressive. A rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer, my 400th rate, for the Ratebeer Camp Extravganza. Pours hazy dark amber with a nice ring of off white foam. Aroma of caramel brown sugar bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very nice, tobacco, charred oak, bourbon, and sweet caramel. Quite the exceptional brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
2009 vintage, 500mL. Pours mahoghany with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Smells really nice. Flavor is brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onceblind (5884) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Slightly hazy dark amber with not much head save for a wee ring of off white foam around the glass. Amazing nose with brown sugar, bourbon, sweet earthy caramalts, vanilla, and charred oak. Wonderful, stupendous aroma. And equally wonderful flavor. Loads of brown sugary bourbon, booze, charred oak, vanilla, raisin/dates, more brown sugar, bourbon nuances, more sugary vanilla, and a wonderful velvety texture with a touch of booze heat. And more brown sugary bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3987) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour. Aroma is full of vanilla, oak, bourbon, leather and some alcohol and ripe fruits. Flavor is warming alcoholic bourbon, slightly spicy and with a huge body and a smooth texture. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4386) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2015
2013 bottle shared by jheath99. Pours tawny brown. Aroma is rich bready malts, tons of caramel and vanilla, oak, sweet booze, burnt toffee, and faint spice. Flavor is rich and malty with tons of caramel/toffee/vanilla sweetness balanced by dry oak character and some alcohol spice. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3606) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
500 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in early 2015. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, light leather, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Minimal booziness overall in aromas and flavors. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged old ale style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely enjoyable and delicious offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Take an excellent Old Ale and age it in bourbon barrel and youíre probably going to end up with something great. Thatís the premise of North Coast Old Stock 2013 Cellar Reserve, and the result is a delectable, sweet beastly brew thatís remarkably drinkable. My only complaint is that itís merely excellent rather than world class.

I poured a 500ml corked and cage bottle into a flared snifter (thanks to Patrick at the brewery for the bottle!).

Appearance: A hazy shade of murky burgundy to brown proper. Completely opaque. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and completely.

Smell: Lovely scent of dark fruit, chocolate and bourbon though not especially pungent.

Taste: Thereís a lot going on in this beer and itís all pretty tasty to say the least. The base brew has a sweet, authentic palette of dark and dried fruits: plum, raisin, fig, cherry, dates, etc. But thatís after the light milk chocolate sensation which opens each swig. On the finish the bourbon barrel appears to impart an earthy woody character, some vanilla and a hint of smoke. Alcohol grows stronger on each sip and becomes ever so slightly distracting. Thereís an aftertaste of fruit and dark malt, though itís only temporary. Hops have nearly completely receded Ė only the faintest bitterness is detectable. Overall, itís what I would consider a great-tasting brew.

Drinkability: At 14.1% ABV, North Coast Old Stock 2013 Cellar Reserve is a big beer by anyoneís definition. Yet, itís not quite the behemoth I was expecting. Yes, thereís considerable warmth from the alcohol, but never is it out of control. The mouthfeel is not quite carbonated syrup; in fact, itís a little lighter than I was expecting. As sweet as the palette is, it doesnít leave a sticky, cloying sensation (perhaps it should?). I was able to drink the entire bottle myself on a hot summerís night (for whatever thatís worth).

Score: 9/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2002) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Pours a nice brown color with little tan head. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates, bourbon, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon warmth and more fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (317) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2015
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar San Francisco. Pours muddy chocolate milk brown with a small beige head. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, figs, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, toffee and oak. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is milk chocolate and caramel with warming alcohol.

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