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RATINGS: 524   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2009 vintage in the gray ceramic bottle served in a snifter. Dark brown cola pour. Surprising amount of carbonation for the age under a cork. An off white head fades quickly but a gentle swirl brings the dense, consistent foam top right back for a moment. Aroma is maple, oak, and bourbon. It’s got the same aroma as Utopias or Triple Bock. I had this in 2009 upon the release audit was a luxurious, boozy, elixir. This is still good but I’m sad to say that at this age it’s lost a lot of the body and sweetness I recall from before. The flavor is more oak than beer and the palate is very thin. Alcohol heat remains but this drinks much more like a whiskey than a beer. I wish I had opened this one sooner.


4.8
fischersfriend (29) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Aroma, Bourbon , vanilla, coconut, nuts and dark fruits. Appearance, pours three quarters dark. Almost no head. Taste, bourbon, almond, malts; coconut, toasted flavors, cake, cherry and dark fruits with a touch of cinnamon. Palate, super smooth, flat cola . Alcohol is well hidden. Warms as it goes down. Overall, an amazing complex brew. My guess aging has perfected its taste. Not much to fault here. Exceptional world class sipper. Plan on aging a few bottles.

4.4
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Bottle from the north coast store in Fort Bragg. Aroma sends shivers up my spine, the chocolate and bourbon blends so well. Flavor also brings up lots of chocolate flavors with the bourbon up front and the alcohol clearing the palate quickly with a bit of sweet sticky finish.

4.2
NikkTwist (3218) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2017
2013 vintage draft at Bru Craft during a North Coast event. Nearly opaque dark brown pour with overflowing foam - difficult pour. Huge, rich, pungent toffee caramel flavors. Chocolate bourbon. Raspberry orange. Cherry raisin. Vanilla oak. Plum pudding. Candied ginger. Black liquorice. Celery stalks. Giant, dark, foreboding, complex, and wonderful! A galaxy of flavor in every sip!

4.2
stevoj (5036) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle share at BitterCreek, 2009 vintage. Mahogany pour,small thin head. Bourbon, boozy aroma, some vanilla and molasses. Taste comes on sweet, rich malts, caramel wooden barrel flavors. Big, bold, boozy classic old ale.

4.2
Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, oak, vanilla, maple, toffee, some dark fruit, & rich bourbon; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, and nice bourbon; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & quite complex; Oh so smooth - love the bourbon!

3.8
kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Nice smooth old ale with copper color. Oily, smooth palate. Big aromas and flavors of bourbon, caramel, oak and graininess.

4
hajsman (359) - Gdañsk, POLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Nice spicy banan aroma, very good one of the best in style that I could ever drank

4.2
neongolden (1646) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
(500ml 2013 bottle from Systembolaget web order shared) Pours mahogany with a small loose white ring of bubbles. Aroma heavily burnt sugar, char, moderate bourbon notes, some vanilla, wood. Flavour is very balanced, with a rich caramel, totally burnt sugar, and aged bourbon base profile, toasted wood and some char, subtle dried fruits, light grain. Finish is long rich malt and wood layers, a panoply of ways sugar can be cooked or burnt, and wood can be toasted. Medium-full body with average carbonation. Maybe it’s age but the barrel here was quite subtle and integrated compared to the wheat whiskey version, not so flashy but more to explore and consider. Very nice.

3.5
drsordr (2658) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle 2009 vintage shared by alexsdad06 pour hazy cola brown with no head. Nose caramel, toffee, raisins, molasses. Taste raisins, molasses, prune, and only a hint of bourbon late. Some burn from alcohol. A little thin on the mouth feel.

3.6
kerenmk (4751) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond. Thanks DSG. 2013 bottle. Murky burnt sienna. Sweet, vanilla and honey and maple in the nose, sweet, deep honey and a little bitter taste, also a little alcoholic. Full body, slightly carbonated, long, sweet finish.


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