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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,927 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 192
Gots: 258 | FT: 16
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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portia99

Massachusetts

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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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.