Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle (batch 9970, bottled on Oct 15, 2010) poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Careful pour gave a deep mahogany brown color, quite dark, with a 1/4" tan head. The foam died down to a thin ring at the edge and a few persistent strands here and there. When held up to the light there are some ruby red highlights, but the brown is still there.
Smell: Sweet. Baked pastry with some fruit (plum and grape) notes and some hints of alcohol. With a swirl the alcohol becomes more notable and some liquor and whiskey (bourbon) smells come out.
Taste: What a wonderful malt bomb this is. Nice sweet caramel and buttery toffee flavor combined with that a sweet fruit pastry flavor, but never cloying. There is a bitter finish at the end which is part coffee and part resiny hops at the same time. Alcohol completely hidden until the very end of the sip and then a hint of it re-emerges with an exhale. A complex tasting beer.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue, but never gets in the way of the beer. Nicely thick, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Overall / Drinkability: Wow, this is quite an amazing beer. Definitely strong on the malt and sweet side of things, but with some good character. While this isn't a beer for a hot day like today, I enjoyed it anyway and will have to pick up a bottle again for sometime in the winter. A good beer with a meal (fish cakes and peas) and would be even better with dessert. But...after awhile the alcohol starts to creep in and it tells me that this a one per evening beer. Still, a great beer that I will definitely revisit and let it age more next time to see how it turns out.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2011 22:28:09 | More by damndirtyape
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