It’s 10:30 and I’m finally sitting down to have my nightly beer. My Dad stopped by and I helped him move a bunch of stuff and in return, I got a box of beer and some beer books. Nice! For a guy that doesn’t know a lot about beer, he definitely gets some good stuff. He says that he picks things based on the labels and he tends to pick Belgians. But, I’m now to the point that there is no more room in the beer fridge, so I had to start cellaring some stuff. I could definitely get used to random beer gifts.
Style: Old Ale
Trivia: According to the North Coast website, “In an exercise of humanitarian charity and to demonstrate just how very much we care about our friends, North Coast brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, has just now released an exceptional batch of 2009 Old Stock Ale that has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels. In this latest example of the cunning of his hand, Brewmaster Ruedrich has set new standards for the brewers’ art. To say that it’s amazing would be an understatement. Look for Old Stock Cellar Reserve in the special decorated bottle, as they say, wherever fine beers are sold. There’s not much, and it will go fast, so be vigilant.”
Random: I’m all about bourbon barrels and aging beers…I’m hoping that this is a good one.
This brew poured with a two finger head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a murky dark chestnut-brown with some visible moderate carbonation. On the nose, I got definite bourbon notes, vanilla, oak, and raisins. Raisins actually came out the most for me. I also got a mild hint of booze, but due to the large ABV, I was really surprised that I didn’t get more. On the taste, wow…I got a lot of different flavors. First off, I got a bit of caramel and sugar and definite bourbon notes. Then, the raisins came out. Everything just works really well in concert. The booze really only came out at the finish with a bit of warming and the finish is pretty quick. The beer is also a little lighter than I expected with some moderate carbonation. This is a great beer and a definite sipper. Although this is a bit of a pricey beer at $24 a bottle, I would definitely have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0