Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Completely opaque brown with a little maroon. A thin tan head. Laces very well.
Aroma: Dried fruits drenched in caramel. Definitely some dark malts in this as well. But mostly just butterscotch and caramel goodness.
Taste: Very rich caramel flavor up front but not too sweet. More of the dried fruits, plum and apricot, come through in the second half. I can tell how complex this thing could get with some age to it. Packs a little hop bite but really only moderate bitterness that can't distract from the great flavors. Don't taste much of the 10.2% ABV. The caramel flavor here is really the winner. That flavor is in a lot of different beers but never showcased quite like it is in Third Coast Old Ale. A little lingering heat in the back of the throat but a very smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation. This thing is highly drinkable for the style.
Final Thoughts: I'm very pleased with the flavor on this Barleywine. Another style done justice by Bell's. Would I drink it again? Yes, I hope to cellar some as well.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 05:44:54 | More by JamesMN
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber reddish color with a thin beige head with low retention.
Aroma of dark and red fruits, licorice and port wine.
Intense flavor of prunes, caramels, charred wood, red fruits, house wine, fig, raspberry, smoked, roasted and toasted malts. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 10.2% is harmonic with the beer. Sticky feeling.
Beer with good complexity and lower drinkability given its sweetness and sticky flavors, partially expected from the style.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2014 21:33:55 | More by FLima
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
32oz growler fill (2011 keg) from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
A: Pours a deep reddish-brown body that reveals a bit of auburn when held to the light. Forms ample beige head, which slowly recedes to a solid cap. The cap last throughout the beer, and leaves a little lacing along the way.
S: Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruit, and little alcohol. I've certainly smelled better, but this hits all the right notes.
T: A hop bites hits first, but this quickly gives way to toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of smokiness. Bitterness lingers on the finish. Really, apart from a bit of hops at the very beginning and end, this leans more toward an English Barleywine, featuring a really nice dark fruit flavor and some burnt sugar notes.
M: Plenty big in the mouth without being too sticky. It definitely coats all over, yet it doesn't quite force one to sip slowly.
O: This is a really nice English Barleywine, with just a bit more hop presence than typical examples of that style. The smokiness is a nice touch, and prevents the beer from coming across as too syrupy-sweet, despite the toffee, burnt sugar, and dark fruit flavors. I'd like to try one fresh to compare, as this 2011 vintage is drinking marvelously.
Serving type: growler
02-24-2014 01:17:15 | More by Craigory
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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