Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,772 | Reviews: 954 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by shangwang:
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From Batch 9958- bottled August 25, 2010. Been aging this for several months after a friend traded it to me. Poured into my DFH snifter.
Poured with virtually no head, and what little there was looked patchy. Deep mahogany color and cloudy character. Very boozy nose with smells of cherry, toffee, and brown sugar. From the smells I expected a sweet taste with an eye-watering amount of alcohol punching through. Instead I got a much more subdued profile, in fact it was more bitter than sweet, and if I didn't know the ABV I would have guessed it was half of the actual number. Hints of fruit, dark bread, and vanilla in the taste. Great mouthfeel- a little zip with a medium body. Very satisfying with a little tingle as I swallowed it.
Definitely enjoyed this one- perfect brew for a cold fall day, and I loved the complexity of the smell and taste. I'd love to try a fresh one for comparison, but this one is a winner in a style that I love.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2011 23:05:49 | More by shangwang
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber reddish color with a thin beige head with low retention.
Aroma of dark and red fruits, licorice and port wine.
Intense flavor of prunes, caramels, charred wood, red fruits, house wine, fig, raspberry, smoked, roasted and toasted malts. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 10.2% is harmonic with the beer. Sticky feeling.
Beer with good complexity and lower drinkability given its sweetness and sticky flavors, partially expected from the style.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2014 21:33:55 | More by FLima
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
32oz growler fill (2011 keg) from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
A: Pours a deep reddish-brown body that reveals a bit of auburn when held to the light. Forms ample beige head, which slowly recedes to a solid cap. The cap last throughout the beer, and leaves a little lacing along the way.
S: Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruit, and little alcohol. I've certainly smelled better, but this hits all the right notes.
T: A hop bites hits first, but this quickly gives way to toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of smokiness. Bitterness lingers on the finish. Really, apart from a bit of hops at the very beginning and end, this leans more toward an English Barleywine, featuring a really nice dark fruit flavor and some burnt sugar notes.
M: Plenty big in the mouth without being too sticky. It definitely coats all over, yet it doesn't quite force one to sip slowly.
O: This is a really nice English Barleywine, with just a bit more hop presence than typical examples of that style. The smokiness is a nice touch, and prevents the beer from coming across as too syrupy-sweet, despite the toffee, burnt sugar, and dark fruit flavors. I'd like to try one fresh to compare, as this 2011 vintage is drinking marvelously.
Serving type: growler
02-24-2014 01:17:15 | More by Craigory
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.