Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev -6.2%
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
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
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
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2012 02:56:06 | More by aasher
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
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
Old Nuptial Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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