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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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2,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,185
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 209
Gots: 314 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a tulip

Appearance- This one has a very dark brown and ruddy body. The head was at about a finger before almost completely disappearing.

Smell- Toffee character and some fruitiness, this is a good start! There is also a little grape and boiled apple. A barleywine could certainly be more complex than this, but still decent.

Taste- No surprise that this 2011 vintage has a very hoppy back bone. It tilts toward the piney and slightly citrus end of the spectrum. The malty and dark fruit characteristics do come into play, which is a great relief.

However, it is not overly sweet, more bitter and toasty. The finish plays around with a little earthy hop character as well. I really wish the fruitiness and toffee malts were bigger.

Mouth feel- It starts to become old hat, but Bell's always has a great feel to it. For a barleywine, it is really chewy and very smooth, rolling over the tongue. A great pleasure to drink for sure.

Overall- It is not much to look at, and the nose is a little one-diemensional for a barleywine, but it tastes good and feels even better. With some age, I suspect the malty and fruity characteristics will really start to show.

And that is what this barleywine really needs.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 7800, bottled 1-31-2007. Opened and reviewed 12-3-11

Bottle was wax dipped upon purchase in 2007

Aroma- Tons of fig and raison, oxidation (wet paper, musty)

Taste- Heavy fig and raison, just like the nose. No hop presence. Very malty, bordering on sweet flavor. Big notes of oxidation, but it works well with the dark caramel body. Light plum and some dried apricot come through as well.

Overall- This almost 5 year old beer has held up awesome. One of the best Barleywines I've ever had. Love the play of oxidation on this one. If the body were lighter, the wet paper flavors would have nothing to bounce off of. Beautiful.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,185 ratings.