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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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2,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 218
Gots: 351 | FT: 19
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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Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/28/11

A: Dark brown, with some reddish hues to it. Small light tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of semi sweet toffee malt and brown sugar. There is a bitter earthiness to it as well in the background.

T: Rich carmel and molasses up front. Hints of figs. Then the earthy/malty bitterness comes up. Finish is somewhat boozy. Has that earthy bitterness bite in the finish that is a little harsh.

M: Medium to fuller body. Nice and soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not bad, not great by any means. That earthy bitterness is a little too harsh at times. Would like to try this with some age on it.

Photo of gratefuld
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick brown pour with a light tan head. Head faded pretty quickly.

S: Nice. Sweet with some raisin and plum notes. I get some caramel, molasses and malts in the back with a hint of hops.

T: Initial taste was more bitter than I expected. Definitely has some hops up front. Taste keeps getting better. Nice caramel and hop balance. A little boozy, but well balanced.

M: Dry mouth with minimal carbonation

O: Overall I like this. Drank it too early I know, but I put some back for aging.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of tsauce2
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is caramel. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is butterscotch, 1/2 in, dissipates to the outsides of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big maltiness, sweet dark fruit and caramel, a touch of hops.

T: Hops are the first thing that hit my palate, a splash of bitterness, followed by a malty base and a touch of caramel sweetness and dark fruit, then alcohol. Aftertaste is hop bitterness, a coating of malt, and alcohol.

F: Medium body. Bitter hop notes create a shocking sensation on the palate, but the malt and alcohol cover that up and coat the palate. Finishes semi wet.

O: Interesting. At first, this barleywine comes off quite hoppy for the style, but after the first few sips, the maltiness and sweetness really coat the palate and the hops fall to the back. I didn't really like it at first, but after the first few sips I really started to appreciate the complexity displayed in this beer. I may buy a few bottles to age and would not turn this down if offered.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, batch 9358 putting this at circa '09. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that shows some clarity despite some yeast particulate making it's way into the glass. Streaming bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin lace of tan across the top. A light swirl revives a finger of tan head that produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is like dried fruits soaked in alcohol. A little nutty mixed with toffee, molasses and dark fruits like plum or raisins. Towards the back is an herbal hop element that rounds out the nose in a pleasant way. As it warms up, there is a bit of chocolate that comes forward along with a very slight edge of licorice.

The taste is a mixture of dark fruity warming alcohol, herbal hops and toffee-like grain sweetness that is somewhat burnt like molasses. The dark fruity sweetness is all upfront with a raisin flavoring that melds into herbal hops and the warming alcohol that glides down the back of the throat. The alcohol is present more with a warmth and not with any solvent or fusel inclusion which is very pleasant.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a pretty solid take on the old ale style that is not as sweet as some others I have had. For 10% abv it is fairly well integrated and overall has a pleasant arrangement of flavors. Worth giving a try if you get the chance.

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jmpizzo
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9970 (11/2010)

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter (1/2012)

A: Kind of a dull golden/copper color stream coming out of the bottle. In the glass, it has a dull, murky rust brown color with a hint of ruby. Small off-white head. It just looks like what I think an old ale should look like-I could see this coming out of a dusty 30-year old bottle.

S: Toffee and caramel with a hint of fruitiness (dates?) and some vague spiciness. Alcohol is present, but barely.

T: Just like the smell, but with a substantial earthy tea-like bitterness, a hint of grapefruit rind, and a bit more alcohol than in the nose. Just the slightest hint of cocoa powder (so slight it took me half the glass to even notice it).

M: Perfect thickness-full bodied without being too syrupy. Could use a touch less carbonation, as it highlights the bitterness and alcohol a bit too much, but that's just me being nit-picky.

O: A good beer overall, but I think it might be in the "awkward stage". This could be great when the flavors meld a bit more and mellow out (fortunately, I've got another bottle to hold on to for another year or two). It might also be a bit better as a young, brash beer with somewhat bolder flavors. As it is, the sum of this beer is somehow just a little less than the sum of its parts. Still good, though, and I can't wait to try it with a bit more age!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of EK33
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11-7-11---Label date
A-Copper Haze is best description with only hints of light showing through the haze. Medium carbonation and poured into a glass with a one finger head that dissipates, but hangs around the glass until the last bit.

S-Initial Dark fruit (plum/dark cherry) backed by candy like sweetness smell. Until taste one wonders if hops are even in this brew. This smells like a wine and makes one want to pair with a good pungent cheese.

T-Fantastic! Initial bitterness followed by sweet fruits finishing with caramel malty goodness. Final tinge of balanced hoppy-bitterness that sits on tongue along with sweet malt. Truly a delicious balanced Barley-wine.

M-Approaching a thick stout chewiness, but not overboard.

Overall a fantastic Barley Wine. I am going to cellar and try at 5 years and 10 years to see how it ages.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.