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Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - COAST Brewing Company

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 159
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Rich and Scott of the Charleston Beer Exchange in honor of Scott's wedding....October 2009. Aged in bourbon barrels ever since- 18 months. Full of vanilla, toffee, wood and bourbon flavors. Luxurious.
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by biggsbowler:
Photo of biggsbowler
4.74/5  rDev +8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of funkydelic
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another shout out to Calton (thagr81us) for bringing this to our tasting group.

A: Chestnut, dark amber. Slightly murky. No head retention.

S: Bourbon. Vanilla. Subtle fruit undertone- apricot(?). Toffee. Hints of black pepper. Deep, dark fruit. Complex but not over the top. Elegant and also rustic.

T: Sherry. Oak and vanilla. More dark fruit- fig. More black pepper. Toffee. Wonderful soft caramel.

M: Medium body. Great length.

O: Very drinkable. This feels like an old world wine for some reason. The barrels have manifested in a variety of subtle ways- multilayered vanilla, caramel, the black pepper. Then there is the sherry note; it's not offensive, but adds to the overall complexity. This is one of the best barely wines I've had. It's not a diabetic mess, nor is there any hint of booziness.

Photo of mtpHokie
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled multiple times on-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with large amounts of toffee and vanilla. Also present are hints of medium chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by heavy toffee. Very light hints of booze-soaked fruit flavors make an appearance midway through the sip before being run off by vanilla and oak. The vanilla and caramel malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - a very clean BA barleywine that's well worth a shot if you're lucky enough to see it around.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dbhall
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was lucky to try this one seeing as i was able to try one of 240 bottles. thanks thagr81us for this opportunity. barleywine's are not my style, but i figured i might give it a shot.

the appearance was a murky brown with a tan dissipating head that leads to good lacing.

smell is incredible with vanilla and whiskey. there are dark fruits, raisins especially, and a tad bit if leather.

taste is a lot like the smell with vanilla and darkfruit upfront with the whisky barrel aged characteristic balanced throughout. not harsh at all, and very balanced.

it was extremely drinkable. i popped open a MoaS (2010) about a month ago, and this was a lot easier to drink. it has great carbonation (we were worried considering it had been aged for so long).

overall this beer was awesome, and i would love to try it again. like i said not the biggest fan of barleywines but the drinkablity and down right tastyness of this beer totally blew me out of the water. o and where the heck was the 11%???

Photo of ahatcher78
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MADPolo
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 2/22/14.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Small off white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Wet sock oxidized bourbon barrel and oak. Really impressive. Caramel malts. A hint of hops.

Taste - Bourbon and oak. Some grapefruit hops. Caramel malt. Oxidized malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - The bourbon barrel is good, but the base beer is too hoppy for me.

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little far behind on tasting notes right now, but thought I would go ahead and post this one up to complete the 'set' on this bottle. Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, and dbhall at a recent tasting. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep reddish brown with a one and a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and an earthy note. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, wood, brown sugar, dark fruit, earthy, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I really enjoyed this one more out of the bottle than I did when I had it on tap at Brewvival. There was no sign of the alcohol at all in the flavor on this one which made it extremely easy to drink. While cool this brew is QUITE tasty, but as it warms the flavors mellow out a little bit and the earthy note starts to come through a little more. Really glad I got the chance to get my hands on a bottle of this and to be able to share it with a few good friends. I would definitely attempt to get my hands on a bottle or two of this without doubt! Excellent job COAST and congrats as well to Scott!

Photo of md655321
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Fievel
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsanford
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. This is one of the beers I was most looking forward to, been hearing about it for a while. Brewed in honor of Scott's (from CBX) wedding, then aged for the last 2 years in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Pours a cloudy mahogany-amber with a thin head. Huge aromas and flavors of bourbon, burnt caramel, fig preserves, candied orange peel and toffee. The amount of bourbon is spot-on, and I'm glad to be able to identify that Buffalo Trace barrels were used, as it's one of my favorite bourbons. Slick and full mouthfeel, no hint of the high ABV. I've never been a huge Barleywine fan, but I had faith that COAST would create something I'd love, and I was correct. One of the highlights of the day, and easily the best Barleywine I've ever had. Kudos, COAST!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since i could not get anyone who wanted to share a bottle of this with me and it seemed everyone else decided to open theirs without me, I decided to open mine by myself. Served into a terrapin snifter this one was consumed on 7/1/2011 as i sit here and type this.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark amber color with a good deal of haziness to it. Nice light head of off white rose up to about two inches at first, very lively, and then settled down to leave a mostly bare top throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of caramel malts and bourbon and vanilla here and a good bit of alcohol. Had a nice syrup like consistency and some biting spice on the tongue. Smooth as silk through with rich notes of candied sugar, earthy malts and a touch of warming alcohol. Delicate, smooth and perfectly aged, the balance was just a thing to behold. A big beer I could have sipped on for what would seem like forever, this was really a treat.

Seriously just a fantastic job on this one by COAST. Really something more people should get to try.

Photo of MrMonotone69
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is good. it taste nice

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of -NESTO-
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero for this share!

A - Dark amber-brown, eggshell colored head. Very little lacing.

S - Solid vanilla bourbon nose. Lots of burnt sugars emanating from the glass as well. Also hints of yeast and biscuits are definitely there.

T - Very sweet rich caramel, vanilla. This is incredibly sweet and I'd peg it as an English barleywine, but the rich vanilla is probably from the barrel.

M - Medium bodied, solid carbonation, maybe leaning towards the high side.

O - Complex, well-made barleywine that I'd love to try again. Almost too sweet, but that's my style.

Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of thagr81us on my wedding night. Thanks immensely Calton!

This one pours a medium bodied, sticky coca cola brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is full of sweet molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, sweet bourbon, and oak. It's nice and very complex and very well integrated. It's smooth. The flavors are on point. They fully follow the nose and then some. It's just so Damn smooth and the alcohol isn't present at all. This is a great BA barleywine. It's less agressive than King Henry but far smoother. This is world class! Thanks Calton.

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