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Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 161
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -2%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

MasterSki, Aug 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

orangesol, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -7%
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!

stakem, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

tdm168, May 25, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 19, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

glid02, Mar 05, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

thagr81us, Jun 08, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

AgentZero, Aug 28, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

aasher, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 11, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

scottfrie, Jun 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

millerbuffoon, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Sean9689, Aug 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ADTaber, Feb 23, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

jsanford, Feb 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

greenspointexas, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

MacQ32, Mar 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

DaPan, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

baybum, Jun 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SpdKilz, Dec 08, 2013
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Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.