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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

1,928 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | 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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PorterLambic

Florida

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
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Freshness: Bottled by 09-19-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.