Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | COAST Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by thagr81us on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of JAXSON
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of MrMonotone69
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is good. it taste nice

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Photo of marine1975
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of yergermeister
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWorld
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of siege06nd
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of imperialking
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of MADPolo
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucketBoy
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle.

Brown sugar and molasses forward. Thinner mouthfeel and an oaky dry finish. Balanced flavor for something that spent 18 months in the barrel. Maybe they were 3rd or 4th use barrels.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

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Photo of djrn2
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisPro
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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