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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4.08/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on 9/11/13; poured into a snifter 7/25/14
A: Cola brown. A tan half finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.
S: Dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins, figs), molasses, brown sugar.
T: Follows nose. Chewy, thick, robust, hearty. Syrupy. Almost bourbon-y. This one means business. The aging really improved on the smoothness.
M: Medium to heavy with light carbonation.
O: A stellar sipper. Really mellows as it warms. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 14:46:02 | More by brewskifan55
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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