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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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2,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 224
Gots: 370 | FT: 23
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009

Pours a deep, mirky brown with some amber highlights around the edges. A solid tan head sits on top of the beer the whole glass down with tons of lacing. The aroma leads off with lots of sweet caramel notes. The taste becomes much more complex, adding onto the sweet caramel with hints of fig, plum, sweet chocolate and molasses. The mouthfeel is perfectfully full and creamy with moderate carbonation and a slight bit of alcohol warmth. Spectacular American Barleywine at just over two years old. I've had it fresh as well and it definitely gained a ton of complexity over that time. Well worth the wait.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. Label says Pkgd 11/07/11.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that has decent retention before submitting and falling to an 1/8 inch ring. A mostly full sheet of foam lays on the surface plus above-average lacing on the edge of the glass.

S- Subtle, with a hint of malty sweetness. One would expect more of an alcohol fume from a ten-percenter.

T- There it is. A raisin-like sweetness lands on the palate and then comes the booze. Heavy malt flavor borders on being roasty. Glassy aftertaste.

M- Dry with a lingering metallic presence that's not detected so much in the taste. Low carbonation.

O- Like the label says, I'm gonna commit a few of these to the cellar because it's just too intense right off the line. A malt bomb that needs some time to mature.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel-mahogany color with a meager ring. Reddish highlights.

Caramel, burnt toffee, apple cider, butter rum, and vanilla. Fruity without specific fruits coming to mind.

Butterscotch, milk caramel, oaky vanilla, bosc pear, green apple, and alcohol heat. Pretty tasty. Hops are still here. Early on, but already slightly vinous.

Slurpy. Lower carb, but enjoyable without being cloying.

Nice old ale. One you can definitely enjoy fresh.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a slight hint of ruby red color. Two finger foam head with fairly aggressive pour.

S - Dark candied fruit, plum, fig, sweet alcohol.

T - Sweet molasses, raisin, dates, rum up front followed by a slight alcohol heat and a semi bitter dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy. Coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation seems to be on par.

O - This a very good cold weather beer. A nice, solid, slow sipping barleywine.

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almond brown color and mostly opaque. Weak head with a few lace dots. Large yeast flakes suspended in the liquid.

Sweet aroma of dark fruits and caramel with a hint of alcohol.

Complex sweetness involving cherries, figs and molasses set against a mild, earthy hop bitterness. Roasted malt comes to life reminding me of wheat toast and almonds. Finishes on the tart end but seems to be fitting.

Full-bodied for sure. Not sticky or syrupy. Dryish in the end. Warming from the alcohol.

I like this beer. Good depth and complexity while still maintaining drinkability with a high abv. Well done.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and mysterious shade of tawny garnet with hints of tightly wrapped tan bubbles that melt like an April snow. Aromas of dark fruit salad dredged in caramel and dark sugar then soaked in vodka. Hits of floral and earthy hops vainly try to cut through the malty sweetness. Flavors explode with sweet sugary dark fruits, caramel, cherries, plums, and a hint of alcohol and earthy hop flavor. Medium to dry finish in an otherwise full body. Light level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. This is a really nice barleywine, I wish I had picked up more than one because I think a bit of age would have only made this better.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single for $2… I’ve been on a barleywine kick lately.

A – Slightly opaque deep copper-colored body with a ¼” yellow- white head which remained until the last drop. There’s a good amount of lacing sticking to the edge of the glass.

S – Sweet malt, caramelized sugar, raisons, and maybe green grapes.

T – A bit boozy… Big caramel flavor, the alcohol brings some spicy notes. It finishes nicely with big sweet malt and plump fruit.

M – Velvety smooth body with an alcohol burn. Slightly syrupy.

O – I’d like to revisit this brew with a bit of age on it. It’s good, but I beat it is much better after a year or two. A nice brew for cold winter’s day.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,273 ratings.