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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in brandy 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. Originally 14.7 ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2503) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR via fordest. Pours a deep tawny color that is hazy and has no head. Nose is marshmellow, booze, toasted coconut, tons of wood and splinters, vanilla. Taste is more wood and coconut, with lots of dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of brandy. Very good. Long lasting finish that is both smooth and thick.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
2005 Bottle. HUGE thanks to fordest for bringing this back for me. Shared with the Dallas crew. DAMN this stuff is awesome!!! Pours with a large, foamy light brown head that resides and recedes over a hazy amber body. Great lacing and legs left behind. Aroma is incredible with dark fruits, brandy, madeira, alcohol, port, plum and wood. Taste is caramel, plum, raisins, brandy and madeira. Layers upon layers of complexity and joy. Syrupy mouthfeel, slightly oxidized. Amazingly great beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mar (5042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 bottle thanks to bman113vr via fordest. Deep chocolate brown pour with a thin brown head. Nose of vanilla, fruits, wood and slight alcohol. Wow awesome on the palate with a great flavor of brandy, fruits and vanilla. Ridiculously smooth finish with a warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle from MaltOMeal at February Houston Tasting. Thanks, Bill! 2005 Vintage. Pours a thick, syrupy amber with a raisin, brandy, and oak aroma. Flavor is brandy-soaked plumb and butterscotch berry. Thick mouthfeel. Mellow and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
February Houston Tasting. Thanks to Maltomeal for this bottle. Pours a very murkey brown with not head. Nose of brandy, oak and hay. Flavor is well layered with cherries, raisins and brandy. Thin palate, but very creamy. Just a great bottle for #1000.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 bottle thanks to Americanbrew. Shared at February Houston Tasting. Poured brown with no head. nose is of oak, brandy, raisins with some alcohol. Taste is of brandy and raisins. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but a very full, complex brew that is very, very tasty. I absolutely loved this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (4228) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 27, 2009
Somewhat, cloudy mahogany color, light amber color. Huge brandy, oranges, burnt raisins, chocolate, hazelnuts dark chocolate, molasses in the nose. Intense alcoholic, nutty, milk chocolate, burnt raisins, molasses everywhere, brandy in the mouth. Wow intense, but not nearly as boozey as the bourbon barrel. As I drank my lips became lightly numb and it warmed my stomach with a lingering brandy finish. Excellent winter warmer. Drank in a non-heated room in mid-January. Perfect. Thought fairly sweet, this beer never becomes cloying,which was impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8929) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2009
Sampled from bottle at OT, Stockholm. January 25, 2009.
2005 vintage
Nice clear copper to brown color, smallisg off-white head. Scent and taste are both dominated by vanilla oak, though the taste is also malty sweet and raissins with alcohol. Warming alcohol that dominates a bit too much. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Would probably gain from keeping it stored one more year, or more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 (375 ml bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours dark rusty amber with just a trace of head mostly around the edges. Deep sweet aroma is filled with vanilla, brandy and almost rum, wood, raisin, brown sugar, candy-malt and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth, nearly silky with only light carbonation. Really no lacing. Flavor is just warm, dense and sweet - vanilla and old smooth wood, brandy and raisin, candy-malt and caramel with alcohol warmth just oozing out everywhere but not overpowering (by the way how is the ABV so much higher in this than regular Old Stock?). Warm and almost buttery-rich. Damn this was good. A vanilla and brandy masterpiece. UPDATE 7/4/11: Bumping this up a notch. I still think about how great this beer was - probably my most memorable beer to date. It deserves at least a 4.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown, clear at the edges, with a beige head that quickly fades. Nose is chocolate, caramel, wood and grass. Hints of brandy. Sticky medium body with trace carb. Taste is apple and caramel, green and oaky. Brandy comes out in a dry finish. I prefer my barleywines sweeter but this struck a nice balance.

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