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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

2,291 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 373 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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."
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Ratings: 2,291 | Reviews: 1,010 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of polopaul20
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To my limited palate, hoppy for a BW or for an Old Ale, (BA classifies as a barley wine but it is called an old ale - go figure), Fairly bold flavors, alcohol significantly present but not unpleasantly so. A sipper for sure, Fair amount of bitterness, not getting any caramel,

I intend to age rest of 6 pack and see if sweeter flavors emerge, Glad I bought, I'll judge after aging whether I'll buy again.

Photo of vma
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fastwalker19
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrew041180
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is a beautiful color. I like the aroma. Flavor was good, but not my style. Just too malty (I know this is how it's supposed to be). I couldn't tie it to any particular flavor that I am familiar with, just general maltiness. Nice feel too it. Alcohol wasn't very pronounced, although certainly present. I can certainly see why people like this one.

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbunting75
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells in California, nuff said! Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A small head forms and dissipates to a mere froth on top this chestnut brown beer. The beer smells fruity, like dates, raisins, grapes, topped with toasted brown sugar around its edges. I'd call that nice.

Third Coast leans to the sweet side. A slap of alcohol joins the molasses, dates, and brown sugar which tag along the ride for much of the journey. Yet not too sweet, and not too boozy. The beer also offers nutty flavors and a modest bittersweet finish, which keeps the beer in form. A little boozy, although not annoying boozy. The beer is full bodied and chewy, and is a pleasurable (slow sipping) drink.

Photo of TrojanRB
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jiggidy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of riotontheroad
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage

Appearance - murky reddish brown liquid with tan head

Smell - raisin, caramel, brown sugar

Taste- molasses, brown sugar, caramel, raisin, fig

Mouthfeel - medium plus body, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, upfront, astringent finish

Overall - this beer was okay, but I'm finding the flavors not to mesh well and unbalanced. Won't repurchase

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, big and very nice barleywine. Slight bitter finish but to me, this falls more in line with an Old Ale or English style BW vs. American BW as its listed. Very solid and enjoyable big beer.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ksolekjr
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Burnt caramel taste and smell is prominent. Very good Barleywine

Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.