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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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2,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 219
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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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..

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of tewaris
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Notes are from a vertical tasting (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Deep rust colored, clear with sediment settled at the bottom, thick and viscous looking with a small bubbly head. The aroma is typical strong ale. The oldest one seemed to be oxidized when cold but improved with temperature. Strong notes of grain, general sweetness, dried fruit and some alcohol. The alcohol is soft and sweet, not harsh and fusel.

Strong bitterness that clearly falls with age, dried fruit flavors, flavors from hops (not pine/citrus though), and supporting sweetness. Nothing outstanding. Between the group, everyone seemed to prefer it fresher, and the freshest too was just an above average beer. Mouthfeel was alright for it's kind, but the beer was not remarkable.

4, 4, 4, 4.5, 3

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of jminch
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.