Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a very deep red/brown color with a very creamy and milky head produced by fine-bubbled carbonation. Retention is good but lacing is minimal (presumably due to ABV).
S: A boatload of caramel malt and a fair presence of citrus-oriented hop presence and some alcohol, but it's lacking the fruitiness and delicacy of some of the better old ales.
T&M: Bitterness is a little bit harsh, with a large malt presence to boot. Hop flavor isn't as strong as say a barleywine, but the attending bitterness is there. Burnt caramel and brown sugar malt flavors are well appreciated, but with perhaps a touch too much hop presence and alcohol burn. A heavy body and creamy, full mouthfeel are appropriate and welcome.
D: Bell's old ale is a good beer, but it seems more to me like a hybridized old ale/barleywine than purely an old ale. I think a year or two in the bottle could do it some good and I've socked away a 6 pack for this purpose.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2010 01:05:21 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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