Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company
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Reviews by xseanprimex:
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4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-07-2011 02:06:15 | More by funkydelic
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-05-2011 15:55:04 | More by glid02
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
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%???
06-05-2011 07:32:17 | More by dbhall
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
05-19-2014 02:03:31 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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!
06-08-2011 11:43:43 | More by thagr81us
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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!
02-27-2011 23:15:01 | More by jsanford
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-02-2011 02:03:33 | More by mikesgroove
4.25/5 rDev -3%
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.
08-29-2011 23:06:25 | More by ChrisPro
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
06-22-2012 02:56:06 | More by aasher
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
growler into a snifter
2011 version, from a barrel thats been aging at the brewery since then, and was tapped today
A: Pours a reddish amber, that is crystal clear when held to a light, and has no head. This one looks strong. Almost no carbonation is seen, which makes it look like a darker straight bourbon or some other kind of spirit. Leaves no lacing.
S: The aroma, my god! Im pretty sure this is what heaven smells like. Bourbon, booze, candied sugar, brown sugar, molasses. Its incredibly sweet, balanced perfectly by a huge boozy presence. And the aroma is so strong, you dont even have to hold it up to your nose. Just set it on the table, have a seat, and the aromas will engross you. Phenomenal.
T: Follows the nose in that it is really sweet and really boozy. Brown sugar, burnt sugar, hints of cocoa on the finish, some dark fruits in the form of cherry and raisin, and of course a big, no, a huge bourbon character. Tasty from the get go, but even better as it warms to room temp. Awesome.
M/D: Smooth, carbonation is very low, which I like and feel is appropriate for the style. As far as the ABV, well this one is no doubt boozy (as a BA BW should be in my opinion), but it is in no way hot. Drinkability is surprisingly high.
O: Overall, wow. What a beer. This is neck and neck with MOAS and Sucaba as my favorite BW. Absolutely delicious. A must try for fans of the style. I hope COAST brews this one again.
11-30-2012 01:29:08 | More by zac16125
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Reddish brown colored beer with a bit of a tan foam that left some spots on the sides.
S - Bourbon, brown and burnt sugar. It smells pretty sweet with some nice nutty aroma.
T - Tastes very good. It's not quite as complex as your world-class BA barleywines but you really can't go wrong with the flavor on this one. Caramel, little bit of earth tone, bourbon. Tastes very smooth.
M - Smooth, prety full bodied. Carbonation level is nice for the beer.
O - Really nice beer, would love to drink this one again. A little sweet, but it's a fantastic beer that I don't have any complaints about.
08-28-2011 22:12:19 | More by AgentZero
Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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