Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | COAST Brewing Company

Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BA SCORE
95.8%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 95 ratings
Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
95
Liked:
91
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
7.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  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.

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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 womencantsail
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zekeman17
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Old Nuptial - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.8% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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