Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
COAST Brewing Company

Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
95
From:
COAST Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
94
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Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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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Reviews by biggsbowler:
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biggsbowler from Florida

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.

Oct 13, 2011
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3900th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/22/2014. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light coconut, floral, light citrus peel, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light coconut, floral, light citrus peel, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light bourbon/oak spiciness and citrus/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, fig, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light coconut, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light hop flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American Barleywine style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty minimal hop presence, but being that the original beer was made in 2009, I wouldn’t expect much at all. Extremely balanced between the malt and barrel complexities. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jan 23, 2016
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Mississipping from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 03, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

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!

Jun 08, 2011
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DaPan from Canada (ON)

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Jul 23, 2014
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

May 25, 2014
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dbhall from South Carolina

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%???

Jun 05, 2011
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acurtis from New Jersey

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

Feb 08, 2015
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Mar 09, 2014
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KevSal from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Mar 19, 2014
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 07, 2015
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CarolinaKev from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dec 11, 2011
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FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Feb 23, 2014
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StayWhatYouAre2 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Feb 09, 2013
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McNuts from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dec 18, 2012
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greenspointexas from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Sep 09, 2014
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baybum from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Jun 19, 2014
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yergermeister from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 27, 2015
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icehawk from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Aug 10, 2013
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 23, 2014
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 10, 2015
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jfstilling from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

May 02, 2014
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 09, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 11, 2013
Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 95 ratings