Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)

Name: Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
Style: Old Ale
ABV (%): 13.16
Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co.

I’ve had this beer shelved for about a year.  I’ve been told a lot about it, and it is the most expensive beer I’ve ever had ($25/bottle).  The most important thing I’ve been told is that once I’ve had it, no beer will ever taste the same.  That’s a lot to live up to, but at $25/bottle, I don’t think it’s too much to ask!

Right out of the bottle, I could tell this was an epic beer.  It pours a super light head, chocolate in color and lace in consistency.  Brown and red in the glass, and a tiny bit dirty.  The head retention on this beer is just so-so.

It smells of malt, dark fruit, sugar and most of all, bourbon.  Rich and fruity.  It reminds me some Avery ales I’ve had in the past, but not as thick or chewy.

This beer is absolutely delicious.  Rich and complex at the same time, which is so rare in beer.  Bourbon flavors throughout, lots of toffee, brown sugar, dates or figs (can’t quite tell), some light vanilla and nut on the back end.

There really is no way to describe how fantastic this beer is.  The strong aroma fills my head while I sip, and it just improves the experience.  The best way I can sum this up is to say that $25 is not overpriced, and I will absolutely without a doubt have this beer again.

Look: 9
Smell: 10
Taste: 10
Feel: 9
Overall: 10

Grade: A+