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Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,831 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1831
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%


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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damndirtyape

Ohio

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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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.