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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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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. Originally 14.7 ABV.


Gypsy19's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 (Prologue and preface: Itís hard to descibe the level of anticipation I have going into this rating. This, while not my biggest want ever, though still very high on my personal all-time list, is probably my longest want, time-wise. I wanted this beer as soon as I joined this site. Being a noob, I didnít then understand the concept of "rare beers" or "wants" or that a beer would not be available to one who simply had some cash, and was ready to buy. I soon learned these concepts, and after years of wanting this item, finally procured one of these when the opportunity presented iteself, though not the first opportunity Iíve had. So, in short, Iím really looking forward to this as a long-time fan of regular Old Stock and North Coast in general, as they were my first real craft brewer that I fell in love with, and Old Stock was one of my very first craft brews and still one of my very favorites that I revisit all of the time when available. And now you want to age it in a brandy barrel?!? Wow. Iíll be surprised if this is anything but world class, though Iíll give it an accurate rating either way...) 375ml. 2005 vintage. Pours a murky brownish amber with a small yellow head. Iím guessing its murked up because of the age on it, but it doesnít really smell that oxidized. I could actually smell the brandy barrel as soon as I uncorked it, a good sign. Other aromas include loads of dark fruit, maple, brown sugar, sweet malt, and wood, not really any alcohol notes. Very nice aroma. Not quite as complex as Iíd hoped for, but still awesome overall. Flavor: Alright, so this is quite different than regular Old Stock. The brandy is all over the place, and the 14.7% is pretty apparent. The fruit normally present in a later vintage of this is subdued now, allowing the brandy flavor to become the spotlight. Though thereís still some good caramel, brown sugar, and the like, in fact lots of it, however the brandy still controls the way the flavor is interpreted as a whole. Sticky mouthfeel, higher viscosity, still some very nice carbonation which is a pleasant surprise. Okay, so my rating isnít off the charts like Iíd expected, but thatís not taking anything away from this beer at all: Crazy as this sounds, at 5 years old this thing needs some more age! It hasnít even peaked yet, and I just see it getting better and would like to revisit it after another 5 years... Of course by then its trade value will be astronomical, but I should seek it out again in 2015, note to self. For today, itís still pretty awesome, and I love it totally. Note: Let this thing warm to almost room temperature even if you, like me, usually prefer them a couple of degrees cooler. Even though "only" a 4.2 rating, a perfect 5 for the beautiful package, the presentation, the experience overall; a very personal one. Thanks North Coast.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6697) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
2011 Vintage. 375mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is gorgeous, with loads of dark fruits (prunes, dates and figs), brandy, and brown sugar. Flavour is luxurious, with complex notes of brandy, dark dried fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Quite alcoholic without any cloying sweetness or uncomfortable burn. Elegant and complex. A world class barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
deep reddish/brown with a fizzy light brown head that fades fast.the aroma makes my eyes light up.i get chocolate,figs,raisins,cotton candy,alcohol,brandy,vanilla,and oak.the flavor is much of the same with some butterscotch and toffee thrown in the mix.reminds me a lot of this years angels share.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Courtesy of Matt, corked bottle, vintage 2011
Brown color, small head. The aroma develops positively; it has subtle and great notes of dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, alcohol; light tobacco later; gorgeous. The alcohol is so strong that the body perception is affected; lean malt flavor, moderately sweet, some vanilla, lightly biscuity, a lot of alcohol. Good beer, too boozy though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4493) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle - Boozy and brandy, a bit of a burn and caramel. Deep copper with no head. Fig, raisin, toffee, raisin and a long sweet brown sugar. Fantastic except for the nose. Decadent and brilliant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
deep reddish/brown with a fizzy light brown head that fades fast.the aroma makes my eyes light up.i get chocolate,figs,raisins,cotton candy,alcohol,brandy,vanilla,and oak.the flavor is much of the same with some butterscotch and toffee thrown in the mix.reminds me a lot of this years angels share.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JulienHuxley (3263) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, shared by Johan at his place, thanks mate. Deep brown chestnut pour with ring of white foam. Aroma is really enticing, tons of sweet malty notes, caramel, light brandy, raisins, super complex. Taste is rich, sweet but never cloying, very well hidden alcohol, super tasty, rich caramel, toasted malt. Palate is full bodied, mouth coating, really comforting warmth. I havenít appreciated a malty American beer this much in a while, this reminds me how much I loved old stock.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (5421) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle shared big thanks to MrHangover. Pours dark brown with a ring beige head. Aroma of molasses, leather, raisins, tobacco, wood, overripe dark fruits, fudge and brown sugar. Flavour is heavy sweet but in a great and no way cloying way. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at the Toronado 20th anniversary party. Dark brown, fairly inky. Wan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving an oily liquid. Aroma is intense oak, tobacco, chocolate, figs. Wow! Flavor is intensely malty, woody, subdued fruitiness. Very creamy and rich. Rather sweet finish, very thick. This stuff is fantastic.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at the Toronado 20th anniversary party. Dark brown, fairly inky. Wan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving an oily liquid. Aroma is intense oak, tobacco, chocolate, figs. Wow! Flavor is intensely malty, woody, subdued fruitiness. Very creamy and rich. Rather sweet finish, very thick. This stuff is fantastic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Deep Amber brown pour with a thin ring of off white head ... Aroma is of booze, raisins, brandy, oak, caramel malts, a bit nutty and roasted malts .... Taste is of brandy, oak, raisins, caramel malts, little nutty, dark berries, some warming booze and a dry bitter bite .... Finish is dry sweet and malty with a lingering brandy and oak .... Brandy really comes through in this complex brew


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