Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A first for me, a review entered as I drink the brew! Yippee.
This is a fabulous brew, no doubt.
Pours a rich, dark brown, almost completely opaque with light coming through at the edges only. A huge, dense, long-lasting tan head leaves sheets of lacing.
Smell is rich, dark, invigorating and seductive. Oak, rich toasted malts, dark, alcohol-soaked fruitcake fruits (cherries, plums, dates, raisins), molasses, wheat, brown or maybe cane sugar, caramel,too.
Taste is spot-on to what the nose was promised. Toasty, malty, rich (like a library in a mansion complete with old leather chairs and acres of wooden shelves), a touch nutty, the whole fruitcake-in-a-glass thought just running laps in my head (I like fruitcake) and everything I said for smell.
Smooth, rich, it just flows across the palate & tongue. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering at all. this is almost a sipping beer but the ABV isn't that high. Still, don't rush it. Lightly carbonated and nicely warming from the back of the tongue down. Full-bodied. One of the most complex and well-balanced beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.
This is why I like to drive instead of fly. No way to bring back cases of fine beer like this on some cattle-plane. Now leave me alone, I have half a beer left to lose myself in.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2006 03:01:04 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 07-02-2014
Freshness: Bottled by 09-19-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Received in a trade
Appearance has a murky reddish-brown beer with a small tan head. Retention and lacing are low.
Smells are of rich malts, brown bread, caramel, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits.
The taste has notes of oak, vanilla and molasses, plus woody hop character. It also has a tannic quality that adds some acidity and bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a lively carbonation and a medium body. The finish has flavors of dark fruit sweetness and more of the tannins that adds acidity.
Overall a nice nightcap of a beer but the tannins were a negative.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 04:23:09 | More by sommersb
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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