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Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,914 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 191
Gots: 257 | FT: 16
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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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carlborch

Michigan

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

Deep, rich malty notes, restrained hops, hints of coffee and oak. Dark, clear, redish amber, with a dense toffee-colored, lingering head, almost like the crema on my espresso. Moderate lacing.Sweet, heavy palate with medium-bitter notes. Great length. Powerful. Warmth, chocolate, Umami! Full bold body with silky lingering and very long finish with low note-bitter tones. An excellent ale! Heady. Best suited for colder months and rainy days. Can certainly be celllared to watch it develop. Multilayered, complex beverage. Wonderful match for rich foods witn seet notes, such as BBQ (Batch 8863)

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:26:46 | More by carlborch
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's brews this beer for the winter and releases it November 1st every year. While the title of the beer is "Third Coast Old Ale", this is actually a barleywine. The first time I ever had this beer, I was at a Bell's beer dinner hosted by Larry Bell himself at Jose Pistolas in Philadelphia. It was a great dinner, despite Larry Bell trying to take my mom to bed...haha, actually that was pretty funny too.

This is batch 8211, which according to Bell's very handy batch finder, means this beer was bottled on November 7, 2007. I poured this into a standard tulip glass. A very good head developed from my gentle pour. The peach colored, spongy head sat heftily on top of the mahogany body. Fairly decent clarity showed off a nice garnet hue in the light. Very good lacing and head retention!

The soft smell is all sweet. No hint of high alcohol, no hint of hops. There are notes of milk chocolate, caramel and a delicate nougat aroma. Is this a Milky Way bar? Some wafts are reminiscent of honey-glazed carrots.

While the hops might be absent in the nose, the mouth it filled with hop bitterness up front and center. Though, I should say there is little flavor imparted by the hops. Mostly just their hop resins adding a citrusy bitterness. The alcohol plays a big role in this beer, though it never gets hot. Instead, it rises up and tickles the back of the throat. There are flavors of chestnuts, dark cherries, brandy, doughy malt, and some orange zest. There is a sherry-like finish to this beer, with a long, slow aftertaste. Cherries all the way out. Everything melds together well, blending its various complexities seamlessly.

This is a full-bodied beer with a firm mouthfeel. The dulled carbonation lends this beer a smooth quality, while the alcohol and bitter hops leave the mouth and tongue tingling. It coats the mouth after you swish it around a bit.

One 12oz. bottle was enough for me. I was pretty drunk after just that one. Probably didn't eat enough...
With that said, I would possibly invest in a case of this stuff, seeing that it ages fairly well, it is an excellent after dinner drink, and it pairs well with lots of stuff. At the beer dinner where I first tried Third Coast, it was paired with an oven roasted game hen, served with white beans, porcini mushrooms and a Cabernet-Dijon reduction. The lovers of barleywines should definitely seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 07:20:12 | More by MusicaleMike
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, just short of a year old.

Pours dark brown, just on the edge of opaque, cloudy, with a very thin light tan head that thins to a ring quickly.

Nose is toffee and molasses, rich dark fruits with a bit of alcohol, brown sugar - big and complex.

Taste starts out with a big note of rich, over-ripe dark fruit and molasses, with the hops and alcohol working to keep the sweetness from getting out of control early on. Towards the middle of the tongue the alcohol comes through just a bit clearer, as well as the rich sweetness - lots of toffee and brown sugar as well as the molasses. Hops never actually get out from underneath the huge malt not, but you still get a good, clear presence from them for balance, as well as a bit of a lingering lightly bitter, dry finish. Earthy bitterness seems to come from the hops and the alcohol as well, and pick up just a bit of the bitter-sweet dark fruit note. Warming.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated, but still just a bit of scrubbing going on.

Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 12:51:53 | More by JohnQVegas
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a large snifter glass.

A- TCOA has a dark amber-red look to it with a nice 3/4 of an inch tan head. The foam faded into nice clumps of head here and there. Good looking streaks of lace.

S- A nice build up of dark sweet malts giving of caramel and the like. Some burnt sugars plus some raisins and other dark fruits. Can't help to smell some alcohol in this 10%er.

T- Is great and gets better as it warms. Im greeted by dark fruits with plums, pears and apples with a big malty sweetness. Brown sugar as well. Not getting much hops in this one which is all the better. Some spices rounding things out plus alcohol heat.

M- Full, rich and inviting. The carbonation is not so high but is felt. The sweetness lingers along with the fruits. Some burn from the alcohol although it's fairly light. Does it's job as an old ale.

D- A high ABV so i will respect that. I really dug this old ale and is one of the better american versions i've drank recently. I will try to stash some bottles, as this should have legs for down the road. This is best late at night when you have time to see what it has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:58:11 | More by BARFLYB
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scottoale

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice chewy maltbomb in a 12oz. long-neck. Batch 8269 pours a dark red-coppery chestnut with a big thick and frothy two-finger beige head. Mild carbonation and tons of sticky lace coat the glass. Great looking Old Ale.

Thick, rich malt fills the nasil cavity. Sweet malty aroma that reeks of chewiness.

And the flavor delivers...lots of tasty rich malt-o-plenty. From the start right down to the hop rescued finish. The alcohol is very well burried in the thick malty flavor. You'ld never guess this mighty ale was 10.2% ABV, very tasty brew indeed.

Big rich body, mild but perfect carbonation for this style and the alcohol is as tame as can be. Give me more, I love this stuff. Thanks Aaron (leftmindedrighty), for this wonderful brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:11:34 | More by scottoale
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a10t2

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle; last one from my six-pack of Batch 7236 (8 Feb 2006) poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours with a very thin brownish head that retreats to ring almost immediately. Deep reddish-brown with a little haze and some sediment. Excellent lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol and some roastiness in the background. Overall the aroma is more subdued than I would expect from a beer this big.

T: Rich and malty but without being too sweet. Caramel and a biscuity graininess. Quite a bit of hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the aftertaste, then finally a sugary sweetness at the very end.

M: Enough carbonation to keep things light, even in such a big beer. The alcohol helps to keep things slick over the tongue too.

D: I don't think I would have two, but that has nothing to do with the beer itself, simply the alcohol content. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 05:16:29 | More by a10t2
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is from the Dec '08 bottling.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark walnut brown with gold highlights when viewed with a light behind it. The ¼" beige head fades rapidly leaving being a ring of foam that produces speckled lacing when sipped.

Smell: This is clearly a complex barleywine with alcohol backing up the rich malts and dark fruits (plums, raisins).

Taste: The taste has lots of malt sweetness and dark fruits flavors. In the background the hop bitterness and the alcohol fight it out and neither is a clear winner.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. The finish medium long and begins in dark fruit flavors tapering out to light hop bitternes.

Drinkability: Flavorwise this is quite a nice Barleywine but the high ABV means not more than one at a time. I'm expecting the flavors to mellow out and blend better with more bottle age.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:03:07 | More by drtth
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle #8943 into a trusty pint glass. I'm not sure why that's important, but I see a lot of other Bell's reviews where this is included, so perhaps it's relevant...

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel brown with hints of amber; huge 2+ finger head that is the lightest of tans and is quite fluffy; head has pretty decent retention and a sticky lacing is clinging to the sides of the glass as the head slowly fades to a thick skim floating on top and eventually to a thin uneven conglomeration of tiny bubbles; body looks thick and even chewy at first glance as there is a ton of sediment suspended in it.

Smell: Super strong and sweet maltiness - like caramel and burnt sugar; a very faint hint of alcohol is lurking in the nose; a slight hint of sweet spiciness is blended in with the malts as well - perhaps nutmeg?

Taste: Much like the smell, the malts are right up front and come across a little breadier than I thought they would be, but the sweet caramel/burnt sugar aspect is definitely potent as well. The alcohol is much more present in the taste than it is in the scent.

Mouthfeel: Very nice body that comes across as chewy; nice and sticky over the entire palate; warm vapors from the alcohol come up from the chest and try to dry the mouth a little bit, but the stickiness from the body owns the mouth and it stays sticky from the coating.

Drinkability: Moderate. A very good beer overall, the ABV is pretty high though so I can't imagine more than one or two in a night, but that could easily last for a couple of hours as this beer is warm, thick, and something to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:40:54 | More by bamadog
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear rich mahogany hue with creamy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a clingy edge layer.
Aroma is heavy on malts with raisins and caramel intertwining. Gets a little boozy with rum scented and soaked fruit.
First sip reveals a fine spacious carbonation,medium body and sticky textured brew.
Flavor is as expected, big malt and some booze. There are raisins and molasses, and a little caramel which all give way to a peppery but not hot booze flavor. The finish is dry and a little bitter but from alcohol not hops. The little green guys dont make any appearance in this beer that I can detect.
A nice sipping beer, well crafted and robust. Just what an old ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:17:21 | More by sulldaddy
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imagineiii

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade a while ago. Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Long pour produces thin head disipates quickly. Held to light its deep burnt amber with sporadic fine carbonation, appropriate to the style.

Nose is heavy on the raisans. Raisans seem to overpower whatever else is in here. Possibly some apples,

Im glad theres more complexity in the taste than in the nose. Rum comes in. Hop bitterness plays well with the dark fruits. Alcohol is hot on the end.

Mouthfeel is big both in body and taste. The malts fill the palate, the alcohol tingles, and the carbonation really comes out. The first 2 are style appropriate, the last one I could do without.

This style is not designed for drinkability, but this beer is more enjoyable than others Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 01:52:33 | More by imagineiii
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bashiba

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick dirty brown with a big thick and sticky dark tan head.

Has a big cedar and wood nose with hints of alcohol and sweet dark fruits.

The flavor is very big, with full strong smokey malts, sweet alcohol and dark fruits, big cedar, some musty yeast, and big blast of bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is very thick and full with a long sticky almost cloying feel to it that makes the flavors linger forever.

A pretty tasty old ale, big and bold with lots and lots of hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:29:28 | More by bashiba
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Martin2D

New Jersey

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

A - Dark burgundy with a surprisingly large tan head for such a low carbonated beer

S - Alcohol on the forefront with almost a barrel wood smell

T - Pretty indescribable for me, but there's a slight hop presence. Tastes like an aged liquor, pleasant alcohol

M - Low carbonation, pretty full in body

D - Pretty drinkable for the style, a slow sipper, but still delicious and drinkworthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:55:20 | More by Martin2D
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mpyle

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Amber color, a bit of cloudiness. Pours a small whitish head with limited retention, as expected for a stronger ale.

A sweet, fruity, prune-like aroma, alcohol apparent on the nose. Slightly musty.

Taste - huge malt presence, sweet with a bit of caramel. Turns bitter, with much of the bite apparently from alcohol. Flavor doesn't have the estery complexity indicated by the aroma - closing my eyes feel I could be drinking a barleywine. Not a bad tasting beverage, just not a great old ale example.

MF - Big, chewy body, relatively low carbonation, both in line with the style. No astringency, but some nice alcohol warming.

D'ability - Definitely a sipper, and not a session beer. The alcohol isn't overly hot or overpowering, but definitely a heavyweight of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:04:38 | More by mpyle
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: redish brown, medium head, medium carbonation

Smell:hops, grapefruit, pine, malt, sugarcane, and raisin

Taste: hops, grapefruit, pine, malt, sugarcane, honeydew melon, and raisin

Mouthfeel: sweet throughout-almost syrupy, medium bodied, with a bitter finish

Drinkability: This is a bit hoppy for an old ale. I do think Bells makes better beers and there are better in this style. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 16:35:36 | More by tigg924
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 8863, packaged on December 4, 2008.

A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Cherries, sugar, wood, and alcohol.

T: Rum-soaked fruits, burnt sugar, and woodiness. Hops kick in toward the end. Bready aftertaste. Alcohol burn comes and goes.

M: Thick, but smooth.

D: A gigantic sipper. Best when close to room temperature and accompanied by a good book.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 03:34:58 | More by BarrelO
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with amber edges. Some sediment is evident in the beer. The 2 finger, light brown colored head is thick and creamy, gradually receding to mat of creamy bubbles.

The aroma has a lot of heavy malt and brown sugar character, as well as some grains with a hint of alcohol on the back end.

Very strong malt presence on the tongue, finishing somewhat bitter, without much hop flavor, but leaving a strong alcohol presence on the palate, with a lot of dark fruits to fill the voids in between.

Pretty heavy beer with medium carbonation to compliment it's ABV. The hop presence is quite noticeable in the bittering effects, however I don't pick up that much hop flavor. On that note, I found this to be very well balanced due to bitterness helping to tame the initially sweetness and alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 15:55:13 | More by Soneast
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

A- deep murky brown, tan one finger head, minimal lacing that fades fast.

S- sweet, bready, molasses, some alcohol present.

T- rich, toasted malt, bit of molasses, decent amount of alcohol to finish. Complex taste.

M- full bodied, smooth, nicely carbonated, warming sensation going down.

D- this is definitely a sipper. high alcohol content and you can taste it. Great winter beer. I would love to cellar this for a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 16:33:02 | More by jera1350
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gofreaksgo

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into room temp tulip glass.

A: Deep amber in color. Two inch thick off-white head dissipates very slowly. Good lacing. Never quite loses it's head.

S: Slightly sour aroma. Malty sweetness. Very subdued. Aromas get stronger as the beer warms.

T: Very big. Hits the back of the throat. Very malty with a bitter backend. Sweet with a bitter that is not from hops. Bitterness hangs around in the mouth and throat for long after.

M: Very carbonated. Keeps the saliva flowing. Kind of thick.

D: Definitely not a gulper. Slow drinker. Have early in the night. One would be enough.

I'm a big Bell's fan but I don't think this is one of their best. Slightly above average representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 21:55:46 | More by gofreaksgo
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice tawny colored brew, slightly opaque. nice khaki colored head. decent retention. mild lacing and some sediment.

S: nice warming malts. solid fruit aroma. some figs and pears.

T: great flavor out of this old ale. pears, figs, some apples. awesome citrus hop flavors. light spices from the yeast.

M: very warming. solid carbonation. wonderful palate for a "barleywine/old ale". medium bodied. great bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:03:31 | More by paulthebeerguru
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riboflavin88

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich oak-mahogany color primarily copper and brown. Head was thick and white, lacing all the way to the end.

S: I got caramel, malts, and rich fruits (plum, raisons, and fig). Alcohol was definitely present as well.

T: Breadiness up front with caramel and a cherry sweetness. I also tasted bourbon and spices in the background.

M: Soft and smooth with a syrupy consistency.

D: With a 10.20% ABV I could drink one or two in a sitting, but nonetheless a great tasting beer. I can imagine drinking one of these in front of a fire during late fall while smoking a nice cigar.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 01:47:33 | More by riboflavin88
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH #8727 (September 25, 2008)

Man, I love Bell's Brewery, and I'm glad to finally get the chance to try this one. Super thanks go out to VandenBossche for hooking me up with this.

Pours a hazy, medium/dark brown color. A lightbulb will get the edges to show a golden glow, but little else. One-finger head od truly tan colored foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is spotty, but fairly decent.

Nice level of maltiness comes through, surrounded by a big presence of breadiness. Raisins and dark fruit jamminess. Slight earthiness mingles with a nice hint of maraschino cherries (!). Loads of sugarey sweet caramel notes. Definite brown sugar notes.
Smells like a decadent dessert brew.

Butterey french toast, covered in cherry syrup.
Big yeasty bread notes, nice sweet caramel presence, slight hints of warming spices and a top-off of sweet cherry flavor.
A different taste than I'm used to expecting from an Olde Ale, but I certainly like it.

Smooth and creamy, which is nice, but I expected it to be a bit more 'lush'. Especially after the nose. (Yum!) So, it could have done better, here.

The ABV is undetectable, by me, so I'd say, drink 'em if it suits ya'. It suits me quite nicely, thankee sai.
I just wish I had regular access to Bell's and didn't have to rely on trades, or out-of-town trips, to aquire them.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 19:53:18 | More by coldmeat23
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. A thin one finger foamy tan head laced away on top of the walnut colored liquid bread. The aroma was of yeast and malt, slightly musty. Taste was slightly nutty, lots of bread and malts. The ethanol was also quite noticeable....so was my inebriance after a few of these....

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 03:02:42 | More by Atricapilla
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy mahogany brown with a great deal of tan yeasty sediment floating around. Head is initially a thick white mass that leaves sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is sugary caramel malt, dark fruit, and subtle chocolate. Woody and earthy. Definite alcohol presence.

Taste is initially roasted, almost burnt maltiness, brown sugar and molasses. Then the smokey bourbon oak and tobacco make their presence known. Very complex. Plenty of dark fruit - plum, fig, and cherry. Hops are earthy and piney in nature, offering a leafy green bitterness. Finishes with vague spices and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Very pleasantly soft.

This is a very complex and interesting treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 22:51:24 | More by Blakaeris
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter. Batch 8863.

Cloudy and nearly opaque deep red hue with a one finger light tan head that settle to a bubbly rim.

Light hints of caramel and molasses, along with a strong amount of hops for the style which provide citrus and a little cherry.

The hops seem to speak loudly in this one, more than I can remember for any other Old Ale. The hops provide slightly tart dark fruit and, along with the alcohol, a light spiciness. The malts provide a little bit of a nutty flavor in the background along with a slight toastiness. A light creaminess comes in toward the middle and lingers for a bit. Full bodied.

Very drinkable considering its alcohol content. Overall, I'd say this is one of the hoppier Old Ales I have tried, usually these are overwhelmingly malty. Very complex, and like the bottle, has some vintage flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 05:05:19 | More by BeerSox
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TexIndy

Texas

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

Brought back from Indy during Xmas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Batch ID on back label that you can check on website (Sep 08 packaging date so fresh). It was a cloudy amber color with tons of floating bits. Had a large carb geyser in center. No lasting lace. It had a big off white head that slowly settled into a think foam and collar that was constantly fed by the geyser.

The aroma malty, dark fruit and earthy hops. Good aroma but I would have preferred a little less on the dark fruit. The taste was pretty good but had a bit too much alcohol in it. That probably would fade well over time but decided to drink this one now and find another later to age. Something about the taste just didn't grab me. It wasn't bad but just didn't say keep drinking me or go get another.

Overall, a good but not great beer. I'm new to this style and have been hit or miss on it so may be more me and not the beer itself. Would like to try an aged one though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:08:05 | More by TexIndy
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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