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

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Ratings: 2,201
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 209
Gots: 325 | FT: 18
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 champ103
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a nearly opaque reddish/brown color. A large beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to leave some sticky lace.
S: Musty, dank, and metallic. Sweet caramel malt, bread light chocolate. Fruity hops are a bit to prevalent. Hot alcohol.
T: Again, a metallic twang up front. Light toasted caramel malt and chocolate. Bitter hops show itself towards the end, and takes over a little to much for my tastes (especially for the style). Again, hot alcohol.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, but smooth. Way to much alcohol for this to be enjoyable. It is hard to finish the bottle.

I am really not impressed with this. A sub standard Old Ale that lacks substance and subtleties. Not bad, but not something I would recommend.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, caramel, a little fruit and a definite alcohol presence.

T: Flavor consisted of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel and a pretty big dose of booze. A very warm and toasty beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable, well-constructed Old Ale. Good drinking for the winter.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 10.2% ABV, Batch # 8727 (Sept. 25, 2008).

Thanks to Onenote81 for this aged old ale!

A - It pours a murky amber brown color with a dense cream head. Great retention and some sticky lace left on the sides.

S - The aroma is very sweet. Sweet, bread-like malts with honey, toasted caramel malt notes, candi sugar, and fruity sweetness all blend well. Strawberry, mango, and most note-worthy, raisin, all add notes of complexity to this beer. No alcohol nose and a lack of hops make it lop-sided but good.

T - A warm and slightly fusel alcohol starts it off and coasts merrily along through the flavor getting stronger with each sip. Lots of malts make the flavor incredibly rich. Candied sugar and toasted caramel join happily with a biscuity honey flavor. Some hops appear in the flavor but work their magic in the background as bittering agents adding only a pinch of crisp, floral character. Again, there are some big fruit notes among the many other flavors. Raisin being the predominant one followed by a little mango.

M - A ridiculous amount of malts give this beer a robust, full body that's chewy and very soft. The smooth feel combines well with a little carbonation finish and a crisp end to the flavor.

D - A sipper I should have enjoyed from my snifter. A wonderful winter warming brew that'll surely warm you up in a hurry which is my primary reason for picking it on this 12 degree day. An enjoyable old ale I hope I can try and compare on cask again (thanks GLBF!).

Photo of trevorwideman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours thick with a wispy brown head and a very slight lace. Brownish-red tinged in the light, nearly opaque. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, herbs, anise, meaty spices, wood and booze.

Taste is quite boozy off the top, then extremely herbal and licoricey. Hop bitterness compliments, with a huge malty backbone of chocolate and buttery caramel. Not extremely complex but the flavours compliment themselves very well. Mouthfeel is oily and thick and rich and a little syrupy, but just right for a beer of this strength. Drinkability caps at one, that's it, I'll just sip it all night. Very enjoyable brew.

Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. No vintage listed, doesn't that defeat the purpose of an Olde Ale? Oh well. Poured in a snifter because I do what the label tells me.

Pours a very dense medium brown color. Looks a little like a Belgian Dubbel. Forms a minimal khaki head. Leaves some filmy lacing as I drink it. Small amount of sediment made it into the glass.

Smells of molasses and port wine with suggestions of figs, apricot, fresh bread, yeast, and a hint of brandy.

Fruit continues on the palate with more figs, sweet dates, and raisins. Bready malts are very strong on this, probably the most bready Olde Ale I've tried. I let this warm for about a hour before tasting but as it makes it all the way to room temperature it gets even sweeter. Dark fruits mentioned before become more intense along with a brown sugar character.

Alcohol burn is noticeable but not bad for the style. ABV is actually fairly well hidden for 10.2. What really hurts drinkability is the intense sweetness, can't imagine wanting another bottle.

Overall not bad but I tend to have high expectations for this style and there are better ones out there.

Photo of marvin213
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown like mahogany furniture from NC and tinged red like MI cherries, this appears like the perfect brew for my Heels-MSU matchup this evening. Even have the balance of a MI beer poured into a DR snifter. It's really a cherry brown, and very much lookin' like an old style ale. CO2 bubbles cling to the sides, and the only thing lacking is the heady top's significant staying power.

It smells old and musty-like, without the normal dreaded association. It's like bark and barley with hoppy roots, tart cherries, and Angstrom bitters. It smells old yet powerful--like dad strength. There really is a cherry background that's subtle and masculine, reminiscent of Brut cologne or a a cigarette pack folded underneath a white T-shirt sleeve. It's got a woody, cigar-like character, with the feel of a bourbon barrel. Among the most masculine beers I've ever whiffed.

The taste is old and strong. Civil War Generals drank beers like this. Problem is, I'm a spoiled Generation Y-er with Google access and citrusy IPAs. It's got a neutral, chalky feel indicative of baking soda. Combined with a Bud Light, this old brew would be like your parents mixing baking soda with your toothpaste: tasty enough to be palatable, yet strong enough to be effective. Granted, the strength AND taste come from the same thing here, but it's as if this beer tastes too powerful. It could pass for 15+%! What else could comprise the beverage ingredients? Chocolate, malted barley, grass and tree bark remnants in creek water--I can't stay serious or normal with this one. It tastes old and strong--it is what it is.

The feel is heavy and thick, oily and greasy. It's tough like old-school, real metal cars. This is a Greaser's beer. It's not hoppy--is that why it's an old style ale? The malted barley feels intense on the cheek linings. Perhaps the most feminine quality I detect is a little cinnamon on the palate...must've been washed into the creek in a storm.

I've gone downhill as I analyze this brew, but it's an enjoyable beer. Probably a relatively difficult style for noobs like myself to fairly evaluate. Since it's a well-synthesized beer from such a proficient brewer, it's gotta be among the best old-style beers around. As such, it drinks good.

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

"An ale for those who appreciate complexity and vintage character. Fill a snifter and enjoy it now or commit some bottles to the cellar to test your patience"

Cellaring is for punks so this one will be poured into a tulip (all the snifters are broked :/) and enjoyed.

A: Dark Brown/Cranberry hued with a rising bubbling head that sticks. Lacing is clingy and desperate but there. An aesthetically pleasing sight indeed.

S: Malty goodness, established cherries, spice, and mint toothpaste?

T: Big malty body on this one, so big it cloaks a lot of the alcohol. The scent of cherries that I got in the nose comes out in a variety of dark fruits with a tinge of spice. The finish on this beer is slightly roasted with a whisper of sourness, but this is no big American barleywine, the hops make the finish rather modestt. Very into these big alcoholic beers, but this one lacks the complexity I was anticipating.

M: Medium bodied, slides down the sides of the tongue nicely.

D: It's winter warm me up ASAP. Alcohol is big, but not noticable. I can say this is another great Bell's beer, just didn't have as strong of a flavor profile that I was expecting. Old Ale/Barleywines are winning me over this November.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown orange color that settles to mostly brown. Decent size head with slight lacing.
Smell has strong characteristics of a porter...or an old ale mixed with a porter/stout. Smell a little caramel and smokey sweet malts.
Very sweet at first, smooth...complex...finishes a little bitter like a stout(which isn't a bad thing). Malt-y...a little boozy...but very tasty! Another good brew from Bells!

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Batch 9358 (packaged 9/23/09).

A- Pours a dark brown, but the stream leaving the bottle has a distinct red hue. Very small bone white to tan head that dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S- Sweet caramel and butterscotch, with a definite, but unidentifiable (at least to me) spice to it. Some booze coming through on the nose as well, but not much for a 10.2% old ale. Some dried rigs and raisins. A review I read earlier today (though I forget who wrote it) identified the nose as rum-raisin, which I think is spot on.

T- Raisin followed by alcohol is the most predominate flavor with a noticeable hop bitterness out of left field (that is, I didn't get this in the nose in the slightest.) I detect a slight metallic tinge in the finish, but it is too faint to consider a major flavor (not there in every sip either, just calling 'em as I see 'em.) I want to say the spice I mentioned in the nose comes through as cinnamon in the taste, but I can't really pinpoint it because it melds with the booziness in the finish.
EDIT: I always let my beers warm as I drink them and review them allowing enough time to change, but this one really improved even after 30-40 minutes, so after an hour-70 minutes I had to come on and bump the flavor up from a 4 to a 4.5. The flavors really come together, the spiciness that was once slightly out of place melds well with the dark fruits and raisins. Some of the booziness disappears. Really noticeable improvement. I suggest taking this one out of the fridge an entire hour before opening and then letting it warm up while you drink it over the course of another 30 minutes or so.

M- Slightly over-carbonated for my liking considering the style, but not so much so that it ruins the beer by any means. I love the feeling of the finish down my throat. It has the warming and coating qualities of a brandy, port or some other dessert liquor/wine.

D- I'm obviously not slugging this back, but as an old ale is usually meant to be sipped on and is by no means a session beer, it is quite good.

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

Bottle (Batch ID 8863) poured into a tulip glass.

A- A less than gentle pour left a thin khaki head that quickly bubbles to a moderate lace. The body was a murky brown/bronze with medium-light carbonation. Due to the quick pour there was a good deal of sediment floating around while even more was left in the bottle. Nice sticky spots were left behind which I really enjoyed watching as they slid down the glass.

S- It had a very nice, sweet aroma that reminded me of something like a brandy or sherry. It had a touch of caramel and bold cooked fruit (figs or raisins perhaps). The hops add a spiciness to the aroma. Warmth brought out a honey-like aroma to add to the impression of stewed stone fruits.

T- It was on the sweet, malty side intitially. There was a complex mix of cooked/stewed fruits and a touch of lemony hops. It had the slightest, pleasant alcohol finish. Some warmth brought a buttery, toffee flavor.

M- It was fairly viscus with light carbonation. Hops provide bit of a bite and a touch of alcohol warms the tummy.

D- What a great way to finish the night. I had this one on an unseasonably warm fall evening after a day spent moving. It's even better come the long cold winter nights of MI.

Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=pours a hazy deep amber color pretty looking indeed. The head on it is about one and a half fingers that leaves great lacing and has pretty good retention. The heads color brings attention to me however, maybe its the light I'm in but it looks like it may have some green color to it or some red from the beers color to it. Either way the color of the head is unique.
S= smells sweet I guess. Not too sure how to describe it. Toffee I suppose maybe. There's a slight alcohol aroma to it as well.
T= the taste is really light and calm for the amount of alcohol in this bad boy. Most bigger alcohol beers also have bigger flavor which sometimes keeps you from drinking too much but this one is so mellow its scary. The flavor that is there is sweet malts. Soo good with caramel and toffee yet so smooth and mellowed. It almost has a really nutty taste to it. There's a small amount of alcohol which I expect will diminish with a little age.
M= really smooth and light. Coating is a good word for this one. Really sweet and sticky at times.
D= great. Really out of the ball park on this beer so much so that its scary. The light smooth flavor leads me to a scary night if I had just this stuff. An awesome beer from bells again. Why this isn't in the top 100 I have no clue.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmrmnygjckt for the bottle.

Pours a nice dark ruby amber color, deep blood red with an off white/light tan head that retains pretty well and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of caramel, toffee, and deep sticky sweet malt, like an old american barleywine.

Taste is pretty nice. Alot of deep sugary malt, caramel, and barleywine like stickiness. Some alcohol heat lingers on the finish, along with the profound sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly too thin, but i mean very slightly. Carbonation is ideal for the style.

Drinkability is alright, but your not gonna be drinking more than one or two of these without going into a diabetic coma. The presence of the abv is right where it should be.

Overall, really a nice old ale. I'd love to put some age on a few of these, and kill someone, maybe even a close family member, to try the bourbon aged version. This is definitely one i would recommend to those looking to explore the style (or specifically american brewed old ales) Old Stock (of all varieties) and Kuhnhenns 4th dementia still beat it, as far as US brewed old ales this one is right on their heels. A very nice beer.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, almost opaque, reddish-brown. At certain angles in the light I picked up some cranberry red around the edges. The tan head is thick and creamy, leaving moderate lacing behind.

The scent is strong. There's a brown sugar sweetness to it, along with prunes and a light toffee scent. I also picked up a faint whiff of alcohol.

This is a very sweet and malty brew, cut by some astringency. Prunes and brown sugar are backed by some light vanilla and toffee tones. Aside from the high concentration of alcohol, this is very tastey and complex.

Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, and light carbonation. The alcohol burns on the way down.

If you can't tell by now, the only knock is how noticable the alcohol content is. This, plus the high abv, makes this one a slow sipper. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-brown that glows ruby in the light. White thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch, dark fruit, brown sugar and a big whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and alcoholic malt body, with strong notes of butterscotch, plum and molasses. Ends with a very peppery hop note, but not bitter at all.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick chewy body, a little smooth but also a little chalky.

Drinkability: Solid Barleywine overall, but there are others I would rather seek out again, as this has a little more booze than depth.

Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany, still translucent. Pours with about a finger of creamy tan head that recedes to the rim of the glass. Leaves a nice bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Dark roasted malts, sweet raisin, brown sugar, a little alcohol thrown in the mix.

T & M: Sweet, dark malts with a brown sugar syrup that covers the tongue . Fruity, raisins. Develops a lingering, dry, bitter sawdust or cocoa finish on the tongue. Medium in body with decent carbonation. A little alcohol roughness.

D: A somewhat complex sipper of a beer. A good one for the impending colder weather.

Photo of afausser
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance--Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with about two fingers of head that ends up as a thin ring. The lacing is decent at first, but disappears fairly quickly.

smell--Sweet, with notes of raisins, caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla.

taste--Decently complex. Starts out sweet and with deep fruity notes--hints of cherries, raisins and apricots. The caramel and butterscotch candy elements are still there, and I'm noticing a brown sugar taste as well that is augmented by the alcohol, and a bitter, smoky element to the taste by the end.

mouthfeel--Not bad, but not great either. Low carbonation, but just about right, and very smooth, but has a bit of an aftertaste. It's a little hot for a 10.2% ABV in my opinion, but it's by no means bad because of that.

drinkability--Definitely one to sip. I have to knock the drinkability down a little, but I'd definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

2008 vintage. I love the understated label. A quaint, pinkish label with a big image of a tree branch covered in snow. The picture might be plagiarized from an Agalloch album cover.

Pours a light brown the shade of a nice browned butter pan sauce. There are orange aspects to the sides of the beer when held to light that take on a near transparency. One finger of off-white head develops that doesn't lend itself to much lacing at all.

Like a lot of old ales, the blend of aromas is worthy of a candle or air freshener or something. Lots of vanilla and English toffee up front, providing a malty backbone to the dark fruits and deep apple scents that shine brilliantly in this beer. The contrasting fruit sweetness and candy sweetness make for a harmonic bouquet.

And here comes the inevitable disappointment after a nose like that. The apples and raisins that were so bright in the nose meld into a sort of fruitcake flavor on the tongue (overripe peach can be picked out from the fruitcake amalgam as well). Its good enough but perhaps not executed as best it could. The vanilla is very strong but the toffee has rescinded to parts unknown. Whats left is a malt profile that isn't as deep as I thought it would be. Also playing a big part is the peppery alcohol which lends an astringent harshness to the edges of the drink where I would prefer rounded, sweeter malt flavors there.

I quite like the mouthfeel to Third Coast Old Ale. Its body is large enough to matter but its not thick. I'd score it a 4.0 if not for the alcohol harshness taking away from the feel. As far as drinkability, well, if you're having just one bottle (like most people will be) then it will go down fine, especially if you don't mind a bit of alcohol harshness. Given the style I can score the drinkability well.

Maybe old ale isn't my favorite style. I end up loving their aromas but get disappointed when they don't taste as deep and flavorful as their noses promise. Once again, this is still a very enjoyable beer to sip on. Be sure to smell the Hell out of this one to divine maximum enjoyment out of it.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is batch 8727, 9/25/08. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. I don't even want to taste this after smelling the beer. I don't want to risk disappointment. The smell is of sweet raisins, dates, figs, caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Ok here goes...tastes like 5 years of aging work in only 13 months! A beer this young shouldn't taste like this!!!! Holy bat shit. Tastes like everything it smells like. I will continue to age some bottles but can this taste better than it does right now? Hard to believe that it can.

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

Pours a four finger oranged head over a brilliant brown-copper liquid. Smells caramel, toffee, mild nut. Woody dry, vanilla, and hop floral. Some plastic character.

Tastes malty wet, caramel, almond, oranges, with clean alcohol drying. Lotsa dark fruits from grain and esters. Raisin, leather, and fig. Hop flavor and grassiness add a rough component as a counterpoint and an additional drying edge in the finish. Syrupy on the draw and thick in the mouth. Clings to the tongue yet the alcohol has a peppery sting. Nice beer, should age well. Could use more caramel or toffee to fill out the flavor profile.

Photo of spartanfan
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 9358 packaged 9/23/09

A: Pour a dark brownish red with a large tan head on top that leave a lot of lacing behind

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, fruity/floral notes as well

T: Tastes dark and roasty at first, then fruity notes, with a lingering bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very nice, full, creamy and ever so smooth.

D: There is a touch of alcohol in this one, but the flavors aren't overpowering. At 10.2% ABV this one's dangerously drinkable.

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

Bottle, batch 7800, coming on 3 years right now. I split this with John last night.

Hazy ruby red with a thin, dense tan head. Decent retention, there's no lacework.

What a great nose! Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla nd nougat are prominent, this is rich, sweet and decadent. Alcohol appears in the back. Mild oxidation is noticeable with a sherry like character, this is woody, oaky and has a touch of vanilla, tobacco and leather.

Opens rich and sweet with oxidation more prominent. Rich and fruity with raisins, prunes butterscotch and caramel sweetness and toffee, all just very well integrated. Alcohol is a lil bit more apparent. Finishes sweet with a bitterness akin to burnt caramel. Big in body with low carbonation, the finish is a little disappointing in that it lacks in flavor, having a mild leather and husky astringency. A sipper for sure, I enjoyed my pour.

Photo of blaheath
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8723

Reddish brown in color, med/low carbonation, with aromas of plums, figs, and dark sugars. Flavor is medium bodied, toffee, light roast, med alcoholic, cherries, nutty, creamy, and has a long, sweet finish. This should develop nicely for many years.

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem, enjoyed out of a Duck-Rabbit pint glass in a mall parking lot as a "pre-party" beer (don't worry, I wasn't driving).

A - Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy beige head.

S - Aroma is caramel, molasses, dark fruits, mild roast, and brown sugar.

T - Malty and fairly sweet with caramel, raisin, cherry, wood, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Really tasty - another great one from Bells.

M - Palate smooth, full, and creamy with some alcohol warmth.

D - Pretty good for a beer of this style and ABV.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 8211, poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky caramel brown with hints of orange through the edges with a big creamy off-white head that shows fairly good retention and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is dominated by caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. There are lots of sugar coated raisins in the nose and there is a bit of citrus hops left in the nose up front, but they're not nearly as noticeable as they likely were fresh.

The taste is slightly more bitter with a sharp hop bitterness up front which gives way to the toasted caramel malts, but it's definitely less sweet than the aroma would suggest. As it warms, the toffee and dark fruits start to show, but the finish is boozy and bitter with less lingering sweetness than I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and a sugary dessert-like body overall. Definitely coats the palate completely.

This is a solid brew from Bell's, a drinkable barleywine that's not overly complex but is certainly tasty. It's not one of my favorites from Bell's, but that's a pretty high hurdle (see Oracle).

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber brown hue with a small head. Not much retention or lace.

S: Tons of rich sweet malt. Toffee and gooey brown sugar really stand out. Subtle apple, and dark fruit.

T: Candied dard fruit, toffee, and caramel. Lots of sweet malt, toasty bread, and a hint of booze.

M: Rather full in body, rich sweet treat.

D: Not too bad. Good Brew.

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,201 ratings.