Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Bought a six pack of these, going to try to withhold from a couple and age them. This one is fresh and poured into a snifter like the bottle suggests. It comes out a rich chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. The retention is pretty good, as with with constant ring of bubbles.
Buttery biscuits, granola malt, and a load of roasty pecan nut flavors fume from the beer at first whiff. More raisin and fig fruity esters come through on top of a bagel-like backbone. Complexity is modest which is somewhat of a let down, but it is definitely a pleasure to take in. There's evidence of the 10.2% alcohol, but no real drama involved.
Pronounced fig, sugary raisin, brown sugar, and brandy kick the mouth in the uvula upon entry. Everything as whole turns into a roasty pecan pie. The hops deliver nothing more than a phantom dry bitterness of earthy nature. The overall flavor is good, but lacks bold hoppiness.
The thickness of this is immense, as it is almost a challenge to direct it to the throat. Carbonation is mellow but sufficient throughout. It is marvelously smooth and leaves the mouth with a jacket of film long after the beer has lazily slid it's way down the hatch. All eventually leaves the party, leaving the host with a slightly dry feeling.
Everything here is done well. The body, feel, and drinkability of this beer are spot on. However, the flavor leaves something to be desired. The hop intensity seems dim for how fresh I am sampling it. It's a solid beer, but for me doesn't live up to the hype. With Bell's logo I wonder what they could have made it, perhaps I'll find out when I break one out a year or so from now...
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2011 22:18:41 | More by climax
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4.08/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on 9/11/13; poured into a snifter 7/25/14
A: Cola brown. A tan half finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.
S: Dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins, figs), molasses, brown sugar.
T: Follows nose. Chewy, thick, robust, hearty. Syrupy. Almost bourbon-y. This one means business. The aging really improved on the smoothness.
M: Medium to heavy with light carbonation.
O: A stellar sipper. Really mellows as it warms. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 14:46:02 | More by brewskifan55
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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