Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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District of Columbia
2.45/5 rDev -40.5%
Not uaually a fan of the Old Ales, and this beer just confirms that. Very syrupy sweet and thick with low carbonation. Lots of cherry flavors came through, and it reminded me of a cough syrup I used to have as a kid. Similar medicinal notes as well.
I only had one, but it was hard to finish. The high ABV set the night off right, and made it easy to graduate to a lighter, more complex beer. Would not try this one again though.
02-25-2007 19:49:49 | More by alysmith4
2.5/5 rDev -39.3%
A - Dark reddish brown, pretty much opaque. Good sized tan colored off white head.
S - Nutty and malty. Lots of brown, caramel notes and maby a little bit of wild funk or possibly a butter aroma. I wish I had someone here who could recognize diacetyl as I think that may be what I am detecting, but I have never been able to pick it out.
T - Buttery. Lots of hops, almost fatty and greasy flavor. Makes me wonder if I had poor luck and got a really oxadized bottle.
M - Very slick and mouth coating.
D - Not sure what to think about this. Right now I feel like this beer was a horrible mistake. I don't know if it was infected, abused, or just bad but I got this one from the Bells Store in Kalamazoo so it shold be as good as it gets. Maby with a few years of ageing it would turn into something a bit more satisfactory.
07-13-2007 04:16:45 | More by nickfl
2.53/5 rDev -38.6%
My neighbor was awfully kind to offer me a bottle of BB's old ale, "Its like an amber ale on steroids!".
Let me offer the fine folks at Bell's the dignity they deserve and mention this just isn't my type of ale. Mouthfeel on this one had a definate sense of burnt carmel and raisin with lots of alcohal. The lack of head and lacing did not bother me, but it might bother you. Sediment is very obvious at the bottom of the bottle.
In all fairness, Bells recommends aging the ale so that could have voided the warranty right then and there, but I did sleep very well last night. Also, pay attention to the review conducted by Alström Bros and suggest following their leed, after all I did drink this at the end of a hot August day so a little bit of willpower could have helped.
This one is my own damn fault, and oh neighbor please don't forget about me with your wonderfully aged old ale in the depths of winter.
08-02-2010 14:37:59 | More by innersanctum
2.53/5 rDev -38.6%
Bottle has #7695 on it which I assume is the batch number.
Pours a deep, cherry-oak color with a almost burnt-orange head. Also has two-fingers of solid foam, with intricate lacing.
Roasted notes on the nose, with hints of cherry and tobacco.
Something is very unbalanced in this beer. First few drinks are very hot. The malts seem to be fighting with the hops and not balancing each other out. Very resiny, lots of herbal, earthy undertones. But the finish has a very weird, alcohol/hop kick to it that is throwing the whole thing very much out of balance for me.
I had very high hopes for this after the initial pour, but overall seemed to be unbalanced. I'll revisit this with another batch to make sure I didn't get a mistreated bottle.
05-13-2007 02:28:57 | More by rockwell
2.58/5 rDev -37.4%
12 oz. bottle packaged Feb. 8, 2006. Beer served in a snifter glass Nov. 17, 2006.
A: Floodwater mud and rust with a 12 iron head composed of silken web-like threads of viscous fluid which slather the glass and adhere to the walls when swirled.
S: Brown sugar and alcohol prevail.
T: Unexpected. Still somewhat sharp in flavor, this beer is overwhelmed to a degree by hot alcohol. Thin caramel and earthy hop oils argue for time. There is also a spot of sticky dark red fruits like plum or cherries.
M: Slightly conflicted. Weight is thin yet lips are left sticky with a dry alcoholic finish.
D: I like a strong beer but this felt overpowered by raw alcohol and not balanced by an appropriately aggressive flavor profile.
While obviously a well-made beer, this Old Ale really didn't hit on any of the flavor components that I was looking for. To echo the advice of previous reviewers: Cellar this beer - 9 months is not enough.
11-18-2006 04:34:44 | More by froggyfrog
2.8/5 rDev -32%
I didn't enjoy it. Taste was all sweetness and alcohol. Tasted some hops early on, but sweetness completely hid them as I drank more.
I'm a big fan of Bells, especially Two Hearted Ale, so I don't mean to say that this is a poorly done brew. If this is typical of Barley Wine, then I won't be trying others. In my opinion, it needed a lot more hops to balance the malt sweetness.
Double IPAs can have the same malt and alcohol, but offset it with hops, and be more drinkable.
08-02-2006 21:46:16 | More by CraftAle
2.88/5 rDev -30.1%
This is one of the six Bell's taps at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. I've now sampled them all! Old Ale is one of my favorite styles; I try each new version I come across. Bell's Third Coast is served in a Bell's tulip glass with approximately ten ounces at a time.
It's dark brown with nut-brown highlights, and the foamy head is tan and short-lived. Aromas of dark, sweet fruit and roasted malts rise up from the brew during a deep sniff. The flavor is sweet and malty with a surprisingly hoppy finish. Upfront, the malts are heavy and complex, and the fruity esters are certainly noticeable. When those characters mellow just before the finish, hops takes over and provides a very bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thick and a little chewy. This makes for a great stand-alone drink for a cool/cold evening.
My only complaint about this brew is the intense hops at the finish. I prefer Old Ales that are malty, smooth, and well-balanced.
12-19-2007 22:55:27 | More by CWiggins
2.9/5 rDev -29.6%
A: Pours a nearly opaque reddish/brown color. A large beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to leave some sticky lace.
S: Musty, dank, and metallic. Sweet caramel malt, bread light chocolate. Fruity hops are a bit to prevalent. Hot alcohol.
T: Again, a metallic twang up front. Light toasted caramel malt and chocolate. Bitter hops show itself towards the end, and takes over a little to much for my tastes (especially for the style). Again, hot alcohol.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, but smooth. Way to much alcohol for this to be enjoyable. It is hard to finish the bottle.
I am really not impressed with this. A sub standard Old Ale that lacks substance and subtleties. Not bad, but not something I would recommend.
12-22-2009 04:57:56 | More by champ103
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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