Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle (batch 9958) generously gifted by nonstick. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.
A - Pours a rich, coppery, red and amber hued brown body with a short but creamy head that leaves behind a finely bubbled collar and a couple of loose islands on the surface. Seems to be a good amount of floaties in the body of the beer - wasn't a gentle pour, however.
S - Alcohol, raisins, caramel, molasses, grassy/citrusy hops, a bit of bitterness and a touch of roasted malts. Mild vanilla-ey creaminess joins the party as the beer slowly approaches room temperature.
T - Very well balanced. Nice bitter hop presence that fills the mouth ahead of the sweeter malt flavors. Caramelly malt clings to the back of the citrus-edged hop bitterness and smoothes and gently sweetens. Roasted malt bitterness lingers into the finish and leaves a lasting impression.
M - Medium/full bodied with a carbonation level that approaches medium, but settles just below that threshold. This results in a very smooth and creamy feel on the tongue. Bitterness overtakes the smoothness in the end and lingers far into the aftertaste.
D - 10.2%...hard to believe. I'm a big fan of hoppier barleywines and this is definitely no exception. Not as hoppy as the biggest examples in this style (read as Bigfoot), but I'd still say this is safely balanced on the hop side of the equation. Thoroughly enjoyable fresh (as this one is)...I imagine it will age well too for those who like the hops a little less dominant. Either way, great barleywine - hope to have this one again soon.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2011 01:39:33 | More by portia99
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3.94/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 07-02-2014
Freshness: Bottled by 09-19-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Received in a trade
Appearance has a murky reddish-brown beer with a small tan head. Retention and lacing are low.
Smells are of rich malts, brown bread, caramel, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits.
The taste has notes of oak, vanilla and molasses, plus woody hop character. It also has a tannic quality that adds some acidity and bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a lively carbonation and a medium body. The finish has flavors of dark fruit sweetness and more of the tannins that adds acidity.
Overall a nice nightcap of a beer but the tannins were a negative.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 04:23:09 | More by sommersb
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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