Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch 9970, bottled 15 October 2010.
Pours a deep enigmatic reddish brown. Seems like every time I look at it, and in every different light, brings out a different hue. Sometimes it's mahogany, sometimes a dark caramel amber, sometimes yellowish. Seems to hold a whole spectrum in its depths. But whatever color it is, it's clear, nearly see-through with light behind it, despite being so dark. One-finger dark cream head, good retention and lacing.
Smells of booze and strong dried fruit - kinda like a Pedro Jimenez sherry. Raisins and prunes are dominant, sweet, dark, and sun-dried. Yum.
Taste is quite different from the smell. First, the fruit is lighter - more like plums and figs, and without the dried-out sweetness in the smell. Second, it's got a combo of hop bitterness and alcohol burn that gives it a liquor-like punch. It burned a bit going down - definitely doesn't hide the alcohol the way some high-ABV beers do. But it's tasty, and complex in a different way than the smell.
Mouthfeel is right on - heavy and slightly sticky. The low carbonation works well for this beer - the flavors are so robust they don't need bubbles to bring them out.
A very good beer, it drinks somewhere between an old ale and an American barleywine. Deep, dark, rich malts, but with a hop kick. Quite nice.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2011 03:57:33 | More by zeledonia
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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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