North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Brandy Barrel)



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RATINGS: 386   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (1540) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2015
500ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours viscous dark brown with small head. Nose is deep and rich, sweet nutty raisin, lots of tawny port and madeira notes, cocoa and butterscotch. Palate is ultra creamy, viscous, old leathery dark fruit, caramel, vanilla cream, nutty, spice, toast, malt. Finishes sweet with rich sticky maple, caramel, raisin, chocolate, super complex and chewy. So good!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (1040) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Smells like heavy alcohol with some caramel malt sweetness. Taste is heavy booze as well but it does have some really nice caramel and toffee flavors in there. Full body, low carbonation, and hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (2881) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle from my cellar, pours the part with a light khaki head. Big sweetness from the brandy, some chocolate. Full body but smooth. Yeah, u got in Billy D.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2015
500 ml bottle. Cheers veliemboys. Pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuttiness, wood and some green apples. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, wood, some red berries, green apples, burnt toffee, mild vanilla and quite heavy alcohol notes. Full bodied and soft mouthfeel. Finishes warming, sweet and quite complex with its fruitiness. Numbs your mouth. Very sweet and strong. Could work as a dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1062) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Catching up on notes. 2011 brandy barrel vintage shared by a buddy on July 6, 2014. Pours brown with red highlights and a thin layer of beige head. Excellent AROMA of butterscotch, thick thick toffee, molasses, and some sticky port wine. FLAVOR of thick sticky caramel, nice vanilla, brown sugar, sweet brandy, more butterscotch, and light booze. The huge ABV is almost completely hidden though a little booze is noticeable. Actually surprisingly light in body for 15.2%. Excellent, and very glad to have tried this. (362, 956)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (10003) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
50 cl bottle. 2011 vintage.
Pours clear dark red color with a small head. Very sweet aroma with lots of ripe fruits, kind of mead-like notes, syrupy, maybe some honey too. Sweet caramel malt dominant flavor with syrup and molasses, a bucket load of ripe fruits, lots of malty body to back up the sweetness. Lingering sweet fruity aftertaste. A slow sipper definitely, I like it. Yes, I like booze, so sue me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (8308) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
50 cl bottle vintage 2011 (15,2%) @ olio
Aroma has cellar tones, ripe fruits, vanilla and raisins. Intensive sniffing: only sugary sweet raisins. Flavour starts with some odd plastic aroma but then turns into strong porto, sweet sugary tones, raisins, ripe fruits and some sherry. Also vanilla is present. Warming alcohol tones in the finish. After some sips all I taste is raisins and alcohol. Nice slow sippin sherry or porto, but a beer? Not sure if.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (7130) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
500ml bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco, CA

2011 vintage - Pours dark brown, almost black with a small head. Aroma of raisin, ripe berries, sweet malts, syrup, brandy, stingy wood, oak and apples. Taste is complex, vinous, sweetish, heavy and syrupy with loads of port and brandy notes, ripe apples, stingy wood, oak, toffee and caramel. Finish is complex, vinous and layered with loads of ripe apples, port notes, toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Tastes more like a dessert wine than a beer. Complex and an extremely slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (620) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle 11 - dark brown pour. brandy, vanilla, burnt brown sugars, and alcohol in the nose. Caramel, brown sugars, malty, brandy, vanilla, oak flavors. Its nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxifunk777 (31) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
The 2011 verison was the best beer Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. Calling this a smooth tasting beer is a under statement. The color, the smell, the taste man-o-man perfection if there is a better beer youll have to prove it to me.

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