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North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Brandy Barrel)



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RATINGS: 385   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Pours with no head but some nice legs. Wow potent alcohol fumes wafting up from my snifter. Quite a large amount of brandy influence but not in a very positive way. Extremely fusel and raw. If I attempt to look past this a good amount of kettle caramelization and heavy malt emphasis is found. Many other typical flavour components found in the normal version of Old Stock which I love as well. Great base beer overshadowed by an over zealous amount of barrel aging that really does nothing to compliment or enhance it. Definately lay this down for at least a year to let the fusel character tone down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2016
2011 bottle, drunk 8/4/16.
Dark mahogany with burgundy-amber highlights and a dark beige head atop that is small and shows moderate to low retention. Clarity is high.
Soft, rich, "Sweet" brandy in the nose with easygoing oakiness, tons of chocolate-caramel maltiness and a big vinousness-like prune character adding balancing acidity. Definitely some oxidation at this point, but nothing inappropriate for its five year age. Thereís certainly some dry, light suggestions of alcohol, but nothing youíd like what youíd expect given itís 15.2% tag. It certainly is all balanced easily by the massive maltiness. Tobacco, vanilla, grape, fudge and more caramel linger long on the finish with no flaw.
In the mouth, itís softly-malty in texture, very comforting, as expected, with tons of various dark malt notes of chocolate fudge, prune and vanilla. The balance leans towards sweet, of course, but itís not over-oaked, the brandy character is wonderful, and itís still fairly balanced, overall. The oxidation is a bit strong here, but Iíve always found that to work pretty well in the style, so it doesnít really bother me. Alcohol nicely restrained. Pretty similar, if somewhat less elegant, than Angelís Share. Very low carbonation, but not problematically so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Purchased in LA. A luscious and complex beer loaded with fruit but its also really goddamn boozy and sweet. Itís good but I think I like the non-BA beer the most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (2141) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
Really sweet. Some woody. Tastes like brandy. Side by side w bourbon variant. Thx maltser85. Tasted at my Outdoor bottle share.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
palner (26) - - APR 9, 2016
Bottle at home, pours dark red, with a quickly dissapearing head and not alot of bobbels. Aroma of marcipan, dark fruits, apple and alcohol. Taste of Danish christmas, dades, "brun kage", alkohol but not a lot considering the 15%. Itís gives quite a buss. Fantastisk beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
2011 vintage. Rusty brown with virtually no head. Aroma is candied pecans, soy sauce, caramel, dark fruits. Full bodied, very sweet on the palate, light oxidation, long finish. Taste is candied pecans, caramel, dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2016
375ml corked, 2005 bottle. Cola brown with slight ruby tint and faint signs of carbonation. Oak, brandy, cherry, fig, raisin, leather, brown sugar and molasses. Body is a little thin, but holding up well since that last time I had one back in 08.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (891) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2016
From notes (10/26/15). This is a great showcase of how barrel aging can complement a base beer without overwhelming it. The Old Ale underneath still comes through, with biscuit and caramel malt notes, as well as a bit of (style-appropriate) oxidization. But everything is deepened by the brandy barrels, which add a lot of complexity, sweetness, and an entirely new palate of boozy flavor. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with small fizzy head. Aromas of malt, booze, nutty notes. Strong malty start with some smooth brandy notes and dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - JAN 4, 2016
500 ml bottle (v2011) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob! Dark ruby copper brown color with no head. Malty aroma, caramel, light chocolate, dark fruits, dried fruits, raisins, plums, light wood, alcohol - brandy. Sweet taste like aroma, dark dried fruits. Medium oily sticky body with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5417) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2011 bottle. Dark red brown pour, with a thin caramel colored head. Dark fruit, doughy, brandy, oak, nuts, caramel, and dates. Tasty, complex, and the abv is well hidden.

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