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RATINGS: 519   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2009
Very deep reddish-brown in colour with a very thin beige head, very light to little lacing with a bit of alcohol legs. The aroma is of light bourbon, chocolate, caramel, some alcohol, sugary sweet, some butterscotch. The flavour is of chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, noticable alcohol, sweet and chewy. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes a little hot with a lingering sweetness.

Incredible aroma, the alcohol really doesnt come into play until the finish but even then its never really a problem. Very good.

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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9869) - Mlndal, 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 eaissins. Warming alcohol, but not too much. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Thanks to Mike for bringing this! Poured murky medium brown with almost no head sticking around. The aroma was hot and very bourbon-ey with toasty caramel and lesser fruit at the core.. peppery alcohol, vanilla, and caramel on the back.. burned the nostrils a bit, which got in the way. The flavor had a sweet base of tres leches and caramel that was surrounded by lots of strong bourbon and sweet vanilla notes.. the barrel presence was kind of overwhelming. Heavier-bodied and syrupy on the palate with too heavy of a footprint from the bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Another great cellar find at the North Coast shop, this is a rich Barleywine aged in oak whiskey barrels. Nose of caramel, dried fruits, cherries, with a upfront flavors of caramel, vanilla, and traces of hazelnut, oak earth and dried fruits in the finish. Very warm and rich throughout, but a dry, bitter and roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
Deep beautiful clear body, big bubbled head; Huge intense nose that is good but lacks depth and complexity; Big soft textured body, to big to sharp carbonation, it is way to lively; Lots of aroma in finish, here the texture is wrong. Not enough love has been put into this confused brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Grabbed this gem in a trade with Solomon420 a few months back. 375mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark hazy caramel brown with a small cream-colored head that hangs around as a decent collar for a while and doesnt leave much lacing. The first aroma out of the bottle was the bourbon which remained the dominant smell throughout. There are plenty of other things in the nose with some caramel sweetness, figs, raisins and molasses. On top of all that is the vanilla from the barrel. The taste followed the aroma but with more of the underlying beer coming out. The sugary sweetness comes out more aggressively and the bourbon plays a more supporting role (which is a positive for me). The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and medium bodied with minimal carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn through the finish. This is a great, great beer and very drinkable given the ABV. A (very) small notch below the Brandy Barrel, but thats pretty good company. Big thanks to Damian for sharing this rarity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Lots of alcohol latent fruits, plum, cherry, raisin. Sweet brown sugar, light oakiness, vanilla, and of course loads of bourbon, to much for most, but just right for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Deep, rich brown color. Aroma is boozy and strong. Bourbon barrel aging is very prominent. Flavor is very bourbon-forward and very strong. Not bad, but a little to boozy and harsh for me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
375 ml bottle, courtesy of davecooks, huge thank you Dave. Dark brown, hazy pour with virually no head. Big bourbon aroma, came right out and smacked me in the nose. Very sweet and pretty hot as well from the bourbon. I do like it though,its my kind of beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2005 bottle. Pours a copper color with lots of particulate and a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bourbon, candied sugar, vanilla, wood, Taste is very bourbon, brown sugar, caramel.


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