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Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 191
Gots: 256 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
From Bell's website:
"Third Coast Old Ale is a cellerable American-style barleywine that has notes of dried fruit and caramel embedded in a rich malt background that will grow more complex over time."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bells is hit-or-miss for me. Some styles they do, they knock out of the ballpark. Others are just very lackluster and need improvement. This is one of their better efforts. Whether this is an Old Ale or Barley Wine, this is a quality beer. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark, thick reddish brown. Head dissipated rather quickly. Very hazy and murky with no light penetration.

S/T: The aroma is very malt forward with a decent amount of sweetness. Some caramel, toffee, dark fruit and some alcohol. Taste is even more complex. The sweetness is very prominant. Tons and tons of malt flavoring. Lots of caramel, toffee, coffee, brown sugar, and some toasted malts. Somewhat earthy tasting. There is some fruit going on as well. Maybe some plum and raisin. Very complex, but could have used a bit more hop character to balance the sweetness.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied with a syrupy texture. Flavors just stick to the palate, even minutes after the sip. Drinkability is about as good as a beer of this calibur can be. In other words, its a sipper. One is probably enough for the evening.

This is a solid interpretation of the style from Bells, and easily one of their better beers. This beer is loaded with nice flavor and complexity. If you like Barley Wines, Old Ales, or Scotch Ales, don't hesitate to check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:36:32 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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Purchased: Received in a trade

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.