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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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2,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 218
Gots: 356 | FT: 20
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of EK33
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
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 -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled 9-14-11

A: Pours a dark, somewhat hazy brown. There is a orange-tinted tan head of just over one finger which leaves solid lacing.

S: The most prominent smell is that of dark fruit. Raisins and plum, almost like a Belgian quad. Very sweet. There is a slight note of alcohol which increases as the beer warms.

T: The taste is sweet and fruity, much like the smell. Dark fruit permeates the entire sip. There are some dry grains here which provide excellent balance for the various sweet malt flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticeable but, as with the smell, increases as the beer warms. In the background are a bit of caramel and some mild hop bitterness.

M: Fairly thick and not very carbonated.

O: A very sweet although expertly balance barleywine. Very fruity.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Bottled September 14th 2011.

A very nice foamy almost creamy head consistency on the pour, with a real nice off yellow and white color. Body is a voluptuous red dark garnet, out of the bottle it pours though a nice golden brown. On closer inspection you actually can barely see through the body it is clear if it wasn't so dark. Very impressive.

Nose is extremely wet and very clean. Rich malt and almost chewy fresh grain sense. No heat to speak of. Real interesting for a barleywine, sort of stealth like. But also seems very hidden and subtle. Aggressive pouring makes the beer open up just slightly.

Taste thought is richly balanced. Chocolate, mild roast and a lingering fruit cherry. Finish brings a wonderful sweet richness that is all an aftertaste of mild maple sugar but not overly sweet. A little highly carbonated which is interesting, but also just a hint of wet but with some depth. Tannic almost tea like qualities without a real dry sense in the palate, giving to almost English IPA style.

Overall, this is a very different barleywine that I've been use to but I really enjoy it. Ring those Bells baby! Ring them Bell's!

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

A-Mahogany in color, it has a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. It is slightly hazy.

S-Fruity, hints of dark fruits such as plums, boozy. It smells sweet, even candy like.

T-Sweet from the alcohol. Plum and dark fruit flavors, caramel, alcohol, and a hint of hop bitterness.

M-Pretty thick.

D-A true sipper, as this beer is heavy and complex.

Overall, a really good beer, I would like to drink some with some age on it.

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is that muddy brown you expect from barleywines. Almost no head and no carbonation. Like I was scared when I poured it into my snifter.

Smell is more on the dark fruits than other barleywines. ALmost leaning toward the fruits in a Belgian Quad. Dry grains accent the fruits nicely, but it smells so sweet.

Now that is a balanced beer! The dry grains are the most noticeable feature. It is soo thick and heavy, yet drinkable. I still feel the dried barley alot.

Dried hops come in, and are mostly an afterthought. They still could use a bit more things.

This might be the best Barleywine ive had.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle - 2010 vintage - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Slightly Hazy copper/brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for a long time.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, leather, alcohol

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some raisins. There is also some notes of butter and chocolate and a bit of a herbal taste. I can pick up on the booze, but only slightly. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste that is quite smooth.. only a hint of bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one and I'm guessing that the age really helped it. It was incredibly smooth and it didn't taste anywhere near the 10% alcohol mark. I wish I had more..

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,245 ratings.