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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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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-mahogany with a thin layer of light tan head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lacing around the top

S-dark rich fruits, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and some bourbon notes

T-similar to the smell with a heavy dose of dark fruits and caramel backbone but with a moderate amount of hops throughout that is a bit harsh in the finish

M-medium to full body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall I really like this beer, the aroma was really terrific. It would be interesting to compare an aged bottle to a fresh one.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Maduro's in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a tulip glass 11/29/2014.

A- Medium-dark caramel body. Clear. One finger white head with good retention time. No lacing. [3.75]

S- Rich citrus, stone fruit hop aromas mixed in with sweet caramel and toffee. More sweet than aromatic. No graininess. Rich, intense, delicious. [4.25]

F- Dried stone fruit, dense caramel flavours, toffee, raisins. Nice complexity. A nice earthy bitterness on the back end that helps balance out the sweetness. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and mildly dry. Good carbonation. Easy to drink especially for a 10.2% ABV barleywine. [4]

O- Very nice American style barleywine with a nice hop presence that complements the big malt bill better than most American barleywines. For what it is, it drinks great and is a very nice value. Would recommend this one. [4.25]

Final score: 4.20

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Deep maroone, burnt amber, murky and dark. Fairly transparent when held to light, glistens. Pours half finger thick slight off-white, slight tan head. Little lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Big notes of figs, raisins, dates, plums, all sorts of dried fruits. Malt forward sweetness, caramel, toffee, slight toastiness. Underlying earthiness, slight bitter and piney resinous hop character.
Taste- Burnt caramel, toffee, molasses, huge malt sweetness. Dark winter fruits accompany and accentuate flavors. Leathery earthiness, bready, hop bitterness resides on the back end.
Feel- Full bodied mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Incredibly smooth and rich.
Overall- Just a wonderful depth of flavors, rich and deep in character. Thick, sweet malts have a wonderfull toastiness and richness, while the dark fruits add a great sweetness to the beer. There is a slight hop bitterness present in its current state, but by no means does it add too much bitterness. There is a great balance to this beer, warming alcohol touch as well.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this in a mini-vertical with a fresh 2014 version and a year-old 2013 vintage.
Brownish copper color. The nose is bready with a sweet note as well. The flavor profile is dominated by maltiness and a perfectly sweet finish – very pleasant but not too much. This beer is imminently drinkable (and downright dangerous) at 10%+.

The only major differences that I noticed between the two samples were that the sweet notes were more muted in the aged version and the aged version was a touch dryer. I think that I like the freshie better.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A 2012 vintage. Smells and tastes similar to a good doppelbach. I think the age must have shaved off some rough edges. Sweet, without being cloying, strong, without being overpowering,

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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