Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by barczar:
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Been in. the fridge a couple years.
Pours a brilliant deep amber with a foamy quarter inch deep khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing and a layer of light foam.
Deeply caramelized malt, toffee, dark berries, plums, figs, and raisins form the aroma. Notes of sherry and tobacco add intrigue.
Flavor is decidedly sweet, almost cloying until the dark fruit and bready malt kick in mid palate, leading to a slightly dry and bitter finish. Malt backbone is extremely rich, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Raisins, figs, and sherry at the base if the flavor increase the brew's complexity. A hint of chocolate becomes evident as it warms.
Body is a touch full and fairly creamy, with enough carbonation to lighten the profile. Significant alcohol warmth is present.
Very complex beer. Nice balance of extremes. Sweet, hot, bitter, fruity. But not really favoring one direction over the other.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 22:02:58 | More by barczar
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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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