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Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company

Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel AgedOld Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-11-2011)
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Photo of stakem


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
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2012 01:29:08 | More by zac16125
Photo of aasher


4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:56:06 | More by aasher
Photo of siege06nd


3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IrishColonial you absolutely rock. This has been a long-time want, one I never thought I'd get to try. Thanks for sharing.

A. Pours a very deep, dark ruby brown. A thick finger and a half of cream colored head gradually sifts down to a half finger but lingers nicely. Very good lacing. Excellent looking barleywine here.

S. Hmmm...complicated. Initially, the nose was really off-putting, with an undercurrent that reminded me quite a bit of some kind of cupboard spice or herb. As my nose adjusted, though, I was able to appreciate the complexity. Sweet, ripe dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a little bit of bourbon. Also a huge punch of burnt brown sugar. It's the end of the smell where things get slightly weird...I think it's the earthy hops that I'm smelling, but it brings the bouquet to an abrupt halt and reminds me of some kinda bitter herb...zesty, sweet, and earthy and bitter.

T. Ripe dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel, bourbon, and then some bitter, grassy hops. Pretty good vanilla presence as well. Drinks more similarly to an English barleywine, which is a-ok by me. But man, those grassy hops are weird. At least I think it's them. Follows the nose with this odd, spicy, bitterness that doesn't play nicely with the other flavors. It's like a mix of chili and onion powder, just really strange. It's like tobacco gone completely wrong. This is a very complex flavor profile that hits the right nose, but it's got a fuel-like flavor on the finish that really hurts it.

M. Solid...decently carbed and relatively creamy.

O. Just nowhere near worth the hype. I don't believe this is a bad bottle as I'm not detecting any signs of infection. I just think the barrel has done some weird things to this, and given this a very off-herbal grassiness, maybe from the wood. In fact, I've detected a similar quality in Kuhnhenn BB4D, so this could just be a barrel quality I find undesirable. That said, I'm not loving this. Thrilled to have tried it and, while it's solid, it's got some very weird notes in the flavor profile that, for me, take it down quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:45:16 | More by siege06nd
Photo of 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
Photo of JAXSON


3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, thanks James. Pours a very very deep red with a ring of head around the edges. Nose is really nice, chewy malt, brown sugar, spicy oak, lots of dark fruit and a well integrated bourbon. Mouth opens with all brown sugar and segues into a very sweet, hot mid palate and finish which begins to bring out some bitter elements. All in all the flavor profile is characterized by hot alcohol that's medicinal at times and is quite harsh. At first this really reminds me of Hellshire I. Melted caramel and raisins provide some nice tones but struggle to offset the fuel-type qualities of this. Overrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:15:39 | More by JAXSON
Photo of ChrisPro


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:06:25 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of AgentZero


4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:12:19 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Sean9689


4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AgentZero for this one!

A - Pours a copper/reddish color, brown hue, cream-colored head, thin collar, wispy cap.

S - Sweet malty notes, smooth bourbon, caramel, oak. All very mellow and smooth. The sweetness of the malts and smooth bourbon notes are just spot-on. Excellent.

T - Carmel malty sweetness, smooth bourbon booze, oak. Again, smooth, sweet, and excellent. At 11%, I can't believe how smooth this one is. Liquid booze candy.

M - Perhaps a bit too light of a body, smooth and syrupy, light carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

O - Easily one of the best COAST beers I've had and really one of the nicest Barleywines I can remember having as of late. Right up there with BA Hi-Fi as my favorites. Seek, get, drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 14:48:54 | More by Sean9689
Photo of MasterSki


4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sharing this rarity. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, leaving behind a few stray spots of lace. Transparent dark ruby-brown body.

S - Big brown sugar notes, oak, red licorice, bourbon, burnt sugars, and a bit of light alcohol.

T - Taste is quite sweet and smooth. Light apples, some maple syrup, caramel and sugars, and mild bourbon bite in the finish. Lacks a little bit in complexity - the barrel presence could be a little more assertive.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body. Surprisingly dry and clean, with low stickiness to it. Alcohol is well-hidden, but some warmth is present in the finish.

D - This is quite good. A very nice BA Barleywine that isn't quite in the upper echelon but is still highly enjoyable. I hope COAST makes this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 16:38:44 | More by MasterSki
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright... picked this up at the brewery release and was saving it for a special occasion. Well, after a few weeks of it sitting around, I couldn’t help it and cracked it on an otherwise uneventful Monday night.

A: Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, its a deep mahogany brew with some cherry highlights; light tan head fades to the slightest ring, leaving no lace.

S: Well, bourbon! (I guess that’s what 18 months of barrel aging will get ya) Also some caramel and a touch of vinous / woody tang; a pinch of tobacco; very rich.

T: Sweet bourbon; brown sugar and bread; some hints of caramel and vanilla; maple on the finish... mmm; a little dry bitterness on the end, too; the 11% is quite well hidden; very complex, tasty and delicious.

M: Full bodied; moderate carbonation - its a little higher than I expected, as there’s some zing there; the somewhat tingly carbonation makes things a little odd, but helps drinkability; luscious and smooth.

O: A delightful sipper and a delicious brew; great barrel aroma and flavor without being over the top; glad I procured one of these puppies as its one of the most enjoyable barleywines I’ve had!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 20:57:34 | More by jpro
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:03:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of scottfrie


3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to a tasting by the generous beddachedda. Thanks for sharing Evan. I’ll forgive you for not bringing any cheese.

A: Clear dark brown caramel color with a thin dark tan head that left a few spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Big bourbon nose with some notes of vanilla, chocolate and caramel.
T: Follows the nose but it’s sweeter than expected with a good dose of brown sugar and maybe even molasses. Dark fruits in the finish.
M: Warm mouthfeel, fairly thick body that goes down slick.
O: I enjoyed this but didn’t think it was as mind blowing as everyone else seems too. It could use some hops. Thanks again for sharing, Evan.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 18:36:53 | More by scottfrie
Photo of womencantsail


4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Evan for sharing this rather walish offering.

A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Just a fantastic vanilla smell to this and plenty of bourbon. Mild oakiness with tons of residual barleywine flavor. Brown sugar, caramel, and a mild fruit smell. Perhaps just a hint of chocolate.

T: Like the aroma, intense bourbon and vanilla flavors. A mild coconut note and plenty of sweet brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and caramel. A little bit of dark fruits and dark chocolate.

M: Maybe a touch thin in body, but pretty much medium. Smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Fantastic stuff. A pleasure to tick this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:22:11 | More by womencantsail
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 11:43:43 | More by thagr81us
Photo of funkydelic

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:06:15 | More by funkydelic
Photo of dbhall

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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%???

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 07:32:17 | More by dbhall
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I feel lucky to have had the chance to try this true gem with dbhall, funkydelic & thagr81us. Big ole WOOT WOOT out to thagr81us for being a straight pimp and bustin this out at our now weekly tasting.. Now for the main event, COAST Old Nuptial, Brewed with The Charleston Beer Exchange's Scott Shor and Rich Carley for "The One That is Both's" wedding... Half of the batch went to Scott's wedding the other half went into hibernation for 18 months in two bourbon barrels one being Jack Daniels the other being Buffalo Trace. 240 bottles produced after Brewvival and the angles share, post it!
A) Pours a hazy ruby red with a half-finger cream-colored head that sticks nicely to the side of my glass!! Very nice color, the kind you expect from the style..
S) BIG oak and barrel come through on the nose with a nice hint of brown sugar.. As this beast warms up a bit some nice vanilla and dark fruit come through that overall makes the nose quite pleasing.
T) Incredibly smooth, the taste matches the nose nicely.
Rich vanilla and caramel malt flavors with sweet dark fruit with a hint of maple syrup and at 11%, it hides it well, truly a thing of beauty.
M) Very drinkable and nice carbonation. Much smoother than I expected for being in a barrel for 18 months. I thought it might be harsh and boozy but this thing hides every bit of the 11%...
O) Man I'm impressed, this thing is the HOT HEAT! The barrel isn't too strong but just enough to make it straight up the bomb! COAST continues to impress me beer after beer, day after day and this is no exception!!! Baller status..

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:54:07 | More by beeruser
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 15:55:04 | More by glid02
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 23:15:01 | More by jsanford
Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.