Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company
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Reviews by biggsbowler:
4.75/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks hopscotch for sharing this bottle - I don't know what idiot at the wedding passed up on this beer because it was amazing. There is so much great bourbon in the nose that I couldn't stop sniffing it. It had a nice dark, caramel color to it with a medium body. Its been 2 years since it was made, but it tasted very smooth. If the label didn't say 11%, I wouldn't believe it. This beer is only getting better.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2011 17:56:52 | More by biggsbowler
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4.11/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Leave it to Ffej to bring a 2-liter growler of barrel aged sticky rare barleywine to a sour tasting. A hell of a palate cleansor that I was never expecting to have a chance to try. The brew pours a clear maroon color with an off-white cap. It leaves some spotty lace sticking to the glass and a swirl revives a creamy tan cap back to the surface that fades. Some lighter yellow clarity is seen around the edges.
The smell is sweet reminescent of burnt sugar. Plenty of barrel character emerging smelling of vanilla and caramel to toffee. There is even some toasted coconut thrown in there as well. As I smell this more, a mild oxidative touch like carboard comes out and once noticed plays a pretty significant role in the brew's character. After it warms up a bit, it has a dry raisony fruit aspect coupled with a grainy malt aspect and fruity alcohol.
The taste includes that same charcter of burnt sugar that was suggested so strongly in the nose. Barrel character cones forward immediately like toffee, caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut just like the aromatics suggested. A mild oxidative touch is present that helps to almost dry this brew out with a hint of something along the lines of wet paper, cardboard or dusty grain. Some raisony alcohol blends with other dark fruit quality towards the finish.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty nice offering with a welcomed warmth of alcohol. This drank pretty easy for 11%. I am not sure what the deal was with this growler. If it was an aged keg or possibly spent more time in barrels than the bottled version? Having never had this before, I think it was pretty awesone but maybe spent a little too long in barrels as it picked up quite a bit of oxidation for not being that old. Regardless, I would most certainly have this again if the opportunity presented itself. Thanks again Ffej!
Serving type: growler
01-25-2013 16:01:31 | More by stakem
Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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