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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Pours a dark brown ruby with orange highlights and a minimal head. Aroma shows some oxidation, but it fits, along with vanilla, wood, and hazelnut. Flavor is big and sweet the way I like it with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, wood, just tons of good sweet dessert flavors. Finishes with wood, toast and vanilla. This was just awesome and really has it more together than the bourbon version. Bigger mouthfeel too. I want more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Rating #3700. Thanks to MaltOMeal!. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a long malty dark fruit and brandy aroma with some hints of vanilla. Long warming malty dark fruit, chocolate and raisin flavor with some hints of brandy and vanilla. Has a long malty caramel and dark fruit finish with some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Very nice. Thank you again Bill for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2006 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Pours dk amber with a small off white head...aroma is plenty of barrel oak, vanilla, raisins, slightly vinous and everpresent with brandy....flavour is sweet vanilla, fairly hot booze, caramel malt, fruit...the alcohol is manageable given that no one plans on drinking this to themselves...great flavour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle. Dark copper with a beige head. The aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, wood and fruits, some alcohol. Medium to full body with a sweet alcoholic finish. Fantastic beer!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
[1910-20081219] 375mL bottle. Sweet malty sherry sugars aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a quick head. Sweet sugary brandy continues in the flavour with a long aftertaste and lots of oaky barrel notes throughout. Full sweet body. Very enjoyable but must sip, nice to share.
Overheard: "I think a bottle to yourself could kill you."
(Vintage 2005; w/ jerc, tupalev)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2009
I split this with a couple of friends. Poured dark brown with a white head. Amazing aroma of brandy, vanilla, and fruit. Vanilla and brandy swirl with some fruit in the finish. God I wish this was a regular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2009
Dark brown in colour with a thin tan head, light lacing with some alcohol legs. The aroma is of toffee and chocolate, vanilla, oak, candy sugar, dark fruits with a bit of light alcohol. The flavour is very rich and chewy, smooth, sweet with lots of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, smooth.

This is an incredible Barley Wine, so smooth for 15%. Pretty much a masterpiece in my mind, the best barrel aged beer I’ve have had.

375ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on December 5, 2008.
Vintage 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. this stuff is simply amazing. pour was a cloudy amber with a beige head. aroma was made my nose dance with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. flavor was candi sugar, dark fruit, cinnamon, and alcohol. slick body with no carbonation. hope i get the chance to try this one again. this was simply amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2244) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle (2005) sampled March ’09

After reading about everyone having a good time over at the Hard Liver Barleywine festival and me not being there, I had to crack this one open out of the cellar. Beautiful glowing mahogany pour with zero head, and an absolutely sensational nose of brandy and barleywine, raisins, quite woody. Splendid. The taste is also excellent but doesn’t quite measure up to the expectation; it’s lovely but just a notch thin after the mind-blowing aroma, and there is no getting around both the flavor and mouthfeel aspects of the 14.7% that this one carries. Still, wow - the peppery wood and the chocolate caramel, the raisin filling from baked apples and a swig from the vanilla extract bottle, a cognac nightcap followed by a piece of milk chocolate, the drying tannins lingering long on the aftertaste.

Indeed a splendid beer. Very glad to have had the chance to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwalking05 (4449) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Dark amber in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of prune, brandy, wood, caramel, vanilla, toffee, raisin, grape, and coconut. Taste is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light roast, brandy and wood. Thick and smooth going down with a light burn. Delicious.

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