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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 423   ABV: 14.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2009 bottle. Beautiful ruby-copper pour with a small, loose, short-lived, off-white head. Rich, sugary sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma with plenty of alcohol, some anise and tobacco, sligthly smoky bourbon, mellow vanilla, and oak. The flavor is big and rich with lots of caramelized fig, raisins, cognac, and molasses. The bourbon comes across the finish very smoothly with lots of creamy vanilla, long oak notes, and a touch of smokiness on the finish. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle shared with Frostyone. Pours garnet with a non dense large bubble head with zero lace. Aroma is complex with large notes of bourbon, sherry, wood, red wine, plums, raisins, dried cherries, wood, earthy hops, whiskey, and pure kentucky bourbon. Taste is sweet malts, bourbon, charred oak, soy sauce, vanilla, some ginger finishes sweet. Warm alcohol finishes off. slick on the palate with enough carbonation to make it lively. Warms the stomach. Very wonderful barley wine. extremely complex and the bourbon really sets it off. I will savor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 09 bottle. It has a ceramic brownish green cover. Purchased at The Beer Junction for $30, after taxes. I dont know if any beer warrants a charge of that nature, but I took the plunge and you know what, Im glad that I did. Its very effervescent. There was a slight presence of head, but it fizzed away. This has a nice rich, brown color. Its transparent. Its a decent looking brew. Lots of dimensions make up the aroma. It has a nice vanilla, whiskey, and sweet malt aroma. The beer is subtly pungent, but in a big way. The aforementioned statement seems a bit paradoxical, but its true. Bits of a raisin aroma hit my nose, as well. The sweet aroma coming from the malt balance perfectly with the whiskey aroma. Wow, it seems like its going to be a little too hot. No, wait, wow, that son-of-a-bitch is steaming all the way down. It has a nice sweet vanilla, whiskey, oak, raisin, and malt flavor. Damn, despite the burn, this beer is really good. Its a little too boozy. I wonder if time would fix the aforementioned issue. This is a fairly good barley wine, that in my opinion, given the carbonation and the booze, needs time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Nice strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle shared at Baileys Taproom [2009 Batch]... Poured a clear, burnt orange with no head into the snifter. Big boozy, bourbon, vanilla, malty aroma. Lower carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. This had noticeably large amount of fruit flavors. Apples, apricots, dates, and so on. Lots of malt sweetness, whiskey alcohol kick, vanilla, turbinado sugar, toasted almonds, and a pastry-like malt sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2009 Bottle from Certified Market Monrovia, CA

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a dancing seltzer like head that quickly dissapears to nothing. You can see little bubbles rising to the top well after the pour, this thing looks pretty carbonated. It gave a nice pop when I opened it. The bear doesnt anything on the sides of the glass either.

Aroma: Smokey woody bourbon, apple pie, pipe tobacco, sugar cookies.

Taste: Milk chocolate covered caramel squares,decent straight bourbon,burnt dark sugar,green apple. Finishes with alcohol spice and warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some alcohol sting and lively carbonation.

Overall: An amazing beer. I love Old Stock as it is, but this is the equivalent of bacon wrapped fillet. If this was a regular release, I would never drop this much on a beer, but because its something I wont get to try for another year or two, I can deal with it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2009 bottle. Pours a fizzy head that holds for a bit but dissipates quickly. brownish red color that is dark. clear up to the light. really rich malt marshmallow alcohol cardboard smell. unfortunately the taste isnt as good as the smell. aftertaste is straight cardboard. hot alcohol and prickly carbonation. full bodied and a bit syrupy. not something i will buy again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1459) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2009 ceramic looking corked and caged bottle, courtesy cmillward. Pours a mostly cloudy, dark reddish brown color and topped by a small, smooth head of tan colored foam that settles to a thin film leaving some drippy legging around the glass. The aroma is really nice and rich showing notes of dark fruits, nougat, sweet caramel,and oak laden vanilla. The bourbon influence is subtle and adds smoothness and added depth. The flavor follows suit with the dark fruits, rich caramel, and toasted oak. The bourbon adds its signature vanilla influence to smooth things out and tie everything together. The bourbon is just right in this brew as it doesnt over power any one thing and adds complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and very easy to drink with subtle carbonation leading to a sweet, slightly warming finish. Despite the high abv the alcohol is hidden nicely, which makes this a smooth drinker. The bourbon barrel takes a good base beer and makes it even better. Great beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle at Najas Place. Pours clear amber with a medium size white head. Aroma is in your face bourbon, caramel, vanilla and more bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, bourbon, oak, caramel and the finish is vanilla, toffee and warming bourbon. Incredible beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours amber brown with a medium fluffy head that quickly dissipates with zero lacing. Nose is a huge slap in the face of wonderful bourbon barrel followed by caramel, molasses, vanilla and more whiskey barrel. Taste is sweet malt, raisins, tons of toasty bourbon and wood with a hint of chocolate and toffee and just the right amount of booze on the finish. Amazingly smooth and silky palate with a great coat of whiskey. Great ale that will get even better with some age in the bottle. Cant wait to try this the next few New Years Eves!


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