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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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2,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 209
Gots: 318 | 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:
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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Photo of doughanson78
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased from the Bells General Store. Bottled 9/14/2011. Reviewed in the bathroom stall at O'Hare in Chicago.

A: Very deep redish brown.one finger tan head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Very boozy. Under all the booze is lots of dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, dates. A very light toasted caramel coming through. Did I say lots of booze?

T: Very sweet caramel upfront. Translations to the dark fruits nicely. With the booze coming in the finish. Alcohol doesn't burn like the nose would suggest.

M: Full bodied. Very creamy. Lower carbonation. Warming alcohol in the throat and stomach.

O: A decent Barleywine or Old Ale. Nothing special now, but seems like with some age it could have potential. Luckily I've got a bottle in the cellar with a year or two on it already.

Photo of MacQ32
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**A full year old**

A - Pours a cloudy amber ruby into my snifter, plenty of sediment floating still in the brew. Little less than a finger of tan head, nice retention, decent lacing

S - Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, maybe molasses?

T - Dark fruits, bready, caramel/sweet malts, semi sour, kind of a sweet tootsie rollish type flavor, slightly dry finish

M - Medium bodied+, pretty light for the abv, fairly drinkable. could get in trouble with these. little carbonation but appropriate for the profile

O - Pretty tasty, drinkable for the abv. solid

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Batch 10672 Bottled 9.14.11

A - Pours a very dark amber with a one finger tan head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet smelling. Not much here.

T - Sweet dark roasted malts, that is about it.

D - Low carbonation, average body. Sweet with mild flavors.

O - Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby-brown hue with a steady head, lots of bubbles, a good amount of sediment, and great lacing

S: Roasty, slightly burnt malts: brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, caramel with a touch of woodiness too; no booze to speak of--quite mellow

T: Lots of sweet bready malts--a touch burnt--with some dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and toffee; really bready and dry with fruit undertones; a touch of alcohol presence but quite mild; also, an odd peppermint and chocolate presence especially on the back end

F: Such a pleasant thick, chewy, body--nice to see the mouth feel complement the bready chewiness so well

O: Such a mellow (this does have a year on it) old ale; bready and malty and pretty darn delicious

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

Batch #8135, acquired via trade from feloniousmonk so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Then there is a bit of alcohol sting and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid stronger beer.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark amber, almost brown. Light tan 1 finger head with very little lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts and dark fruits.

T- Sweet candi sugar, amber malts. Dark fruits are there with a very slight hop bite at the finish.

M- Full body, creamy and a little syrupy.

O- Not sure if I would call this a barleywine, especially not an american barleywine! Does not have that hop presence like most barleywines do, but it is a good old ale with lots of sweet malts.

Photo of DBoone
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with 9458 stamped on it. Bought this beer about 2 years ago @ Chevy Chase liquors in DC area.
A Poured in small snifter very little carbonation ie head. Nice dark brown mahogany color.
S Figs, raisins, molasses, chocolate alcohol, good.
T Chocolate on the back of palate, maybe some figs? No alcohol noticed in taste.
M Thin, light
O Glad I tried, might buy again if available, not something I would search for to have again.
Wonder if aging helped or hurt this barleywine?

Photo of climax
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of these, going to try to withhold from a couple and age them. This one is fresh and poured into a snifter like the bottle suggests. It comes out a rich chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. The retention is pretty good, as with with constant ring of bubbles.

Buttery biscuits, granola malt, and a load of roasty pecan nut flavors fume from the beer at first whiff. More raisin and fig fruity esters come through on top of a bagel-like backbone. Complexity is modest which is somewhat of a let down, but it is definitely a pleasure to take in. There's evidence of the 10.2% alcohol, but no real drama involved.

Pronounced fig, sugary raisin, brown sugar, and brandy kick the mouth in the uvula upon entry. Everything as whole turns into a roasty pecan pie. The hops deliver nothing more than a phantom dry bitterness of earthy nature. The overall flavor is good, but lacks bold hoppiness.

The thickness of this is immense, as it is almost a challenge to direct it to the throat. Carbonation is mellow but sufficient throughout. It is marvelously smooth and leaves the mouth with a jacket of film long after the beer has lazily slid it's way down the hatch. All eventually leaves the party, leaving the host with a slightly dry feeling.

Everything here is done well. The body, feel, and drinkability of this beer are spot on. However, the flavor leaves something to be desired. The hop intensity seems dim for how fresh I am sampling it. It's a solid beer, but for me doesn't live up to the hype. With Bell's logo I wonder what they could have made it, perhaps I'll find out when I break one out a year or so from now...

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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

First off, I'll be the first to admit, I do not have a ton of experience with Barleywines so I'm going to try to be as objective as I can. I hear this is a good one.

Appearance- Dark, caramel, slightly transparent. Muddy looking like a good Scotch Ale. I love a good Scotch Ale so hopefully thats a good sign. Not much for head, but great lacing left over on the glass.

Smell- Sweet, inviting, caramel, candy. Love the smell. yet some bready malts with maybe a hint of alcohol scent.

Taste- Again I have very little experience with barleywines, but it tastes like a doppelbock to me. Malty bready with a strong alcohol bite in the taste. A very lingering taste with a sweetness to it as well.

Overall- A very pleasant drink, that I really enjoyed. I would have again for sure. A great beer for sipping and enjoying.

Photo of tykees88
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby red brown color. No head. Alcohol legs is all I get for lacing.

S- dark fruity smell and a booze smell.

T- Taste a little hoppy up front. There is an apparent raisin flavor and a plum sugar flavor followed by a hard booze flavor that I don't care for here.

M- It's medium bodied, it's slightly chewy, but it's pretty good.

O- It's ok, but just pretty average I think

Photo of shortbus7
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red amber color with a non existant head.

S: Raisons, figs, and alcohol.

T: Dark fruit with an alcohol finish.

M: Very thick and smooth, slightly creamy.

O: This is a fantastic beer. Great taste and great mouthfeel, the only thing lacking is the smell. Wish the smell was more apparent.

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.