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

Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,831 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1831
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%


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."

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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

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

Poured into a chalice. Packaged on 11/14/12. Purchased at Total Wine for $3.49/12oz.

A sipper. Good but not great. 4

A – Pours an opaque (-) reddish brown with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation. No alcohol legs. Nice lacing. 3.5

S – Dark fruit, faint spiciness, tinge of alcohol (vodka). 4

T – Rich and very malty,dark fruit/raisins, some licorice, plenty of herbal bitterness in the finish. 4

MF – Full bodied, very dry finish, warming. 4

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 01:21:42 | More by Sludgeman
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pouts a decent amount of head before quickly dissipating. The head was a slight off-white color and creamy. Also, lots of lacing. The beer itself is s dark brown with hints of dark ruby. The beer has a clean appearance but obscure and difficult to see through.

Smell:
The beer has a nice caramel and malty smell to it. The smell tends to gravitate between fruity and caramel but the smell is definitely sweet. In addition, the beer also appears to have a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste:
The beer has a very sweet taste to it. In addition, there are notes of malty roast and caramel malts with a hint of alcohol but the alcohol taste is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Thick and creamy and almost velvety. Very little to no carbonation.

Overall:
A very good English old ale and one that I plan to come back to every fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:23:19 | More by HattedClassic
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this fresh but my sense is that I should have let this sit. It's delicious but it seems it might be more promising over time. Color is dark amber and scent is pretty much alcohol, which I'm fine with in this style but you may not be. The mouth feel has the kind of dense oily quality I love in barleywines and old ales. I really like the taste - a combination of booze and candy caramel - but my sense - let's wait and see - is that it will gain in complexity over time. A really good beer for the style. Next time, though, I'll set it aside for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:59:20 | More by Qbdoo
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schepelz

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled 8/07/13

A - Brown/red/caramel color. Minimal head on pour

S - Big sweet malt. Caramel, milk chocolate, figs, cherries. Slight vanilla/cream smell. Buttery smoothness

T - Taste definitely follows the smell. Strong presence of sweet malty flavor. Almost a bread-like quality to the taste. Dark fruits...raisins, plums, cherries. All followed by a nice bitterness of hops that makes this a really well balanced beer IMO

M - Quite surprised by the amount of carbonation present. More than I anticipated. Nice think, smooth mouthfeel. Definite sipper

O - One of my first of this style, so take this review as you will. Very much enjoyed it. Started a bit colder than I probably should've but the flavors really came to life as it warmed a bit. May be a bit sweet for my tastes but I know this style will grow on me

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:33:22 | More by schepelz
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

12oz bottle, bottled 4/6/12, poured into a pint glass
A: Deep mahogany color with a one-finger head and a fair amount of sediment
S: Very pleasant aromas of fig, caramel, vanilla, bourbon
T: Largely matches the nose. Tastes perhaps a bit over the hill but that may be warm storage as I got this off the shelf at my local shop which I usually have no troubles with, but still enjoyable
M: Fairly full-bodied, the alcohol is well hidden
O: Well-made, I'll get more of a recent bottling and will be curious to try it fresher but follow it aged with known storage

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:46:12 | More by ONUMello
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deg

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a nice reddish-brown color. The head is thick, and there's not a huge amount of foam. The smell reminded me of fig newtons, bready and figgy. The initial taste was figgy and fruity, but I could feel the malt come out. The beer is a bit thick and creamy in consistency. I can feel some alcohol warmth, but it's not overwhelming. A very good barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:16:29 | More by deg
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky bronze color with a moderate, beige head of soapy froth. Aroma is interesting, a vibrant melange of citrus, pine, milk chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. The flavor is extremely hop-forward and unlike any barleywine I've tasted. The palate is greeted by a huge blast of pine resin and alcohol, along with perky carbonation that accentuates both. Sweetness is almost non-existent except for traces of milk chocolate and nuts on the back end. Maybe maltier flavors can be teased out at room temperature? Regardless, this is not what I was expecting when I brought home a barleywine. Mouthfeel feels thin for the style; something more robust would better complement the flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 00:43:57 | More by martyl1000
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Deep garnet with a light toffee head that lasts surprising amount of time.

S- Big sweet malt aroma with light hops

T- Lots of malt, though not as sweet as aroma, bitterness on the end, alcohol in the middle, and a fruity aftertaste

M- Heavy, slightly lighter than some other Old ales I've had.

O- This is one of Bell's best, and a great barleywine/ old ale is one of my favorite styles. Not overly hopped like some west coast ones I've had and not too much alcohol where you have to sit on it to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:06:15 | More by PaulyB83
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a nice dark brown color with 2 fingers of tan head that sticks around. Lacing is good. Bottle is typical bells style with a Michigan forest scene on it.

Smell is caramel, malty, vanilla, a little milk chocolate. Bourbon. Pretty awesome. Reminds me of double DBA.

Taste is caramel, malt, butterscotch, vanilla, milk chocolate, cream, bourbon. Again this is pretty amazing and stacks up well next to double DBA.

The mouth feel is a nice creamy, heavy feel with an aftertaste of caramel and cream. Alc is covered.

Overall this is a great beer by Bell's. It is on the same level as expedition stout. I'm impressed, having just tried double dba recently that this is nearly as good at 15/6 pack as opposed to 20/bomber for the ddba.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:56:57 | More by ISmith87
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LookingForBalance

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/24/2012 (So about a 9 nine month age on it.)

Poured into a snifter dark murky brownish red color with creamy tan head. Good lacing and a fair amount of head considering its 10.5% abv.

Smells of roasted malt, cherries, vanilla, booze, slight hop smell.

Mouth feel is a tad thin for me but is still creamy and coats the mouth.

Tastes much like the smell and then some, notes of cherries, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, light chocolate, slight grapefruit taste when the hops kick in at the end.

Overall its a great Barleywine that i will get again, would like to try one fresh and and one more aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:01:47 | More by LookingForBalance
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joe1510

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
The Marketplace, Hayward

Bottled 1/11/08

Third Coast Old Ale pours the darkest of mahogany with tiny suspended particles throughout. The body glows ruby when backlit and the head grows to a healthy two fingers of ecru creaminess. As the head eventually settles to one finger it leaves drink lines on the way down with Churchhill Downs like spires all over the place. This is an excellent looking barleywine.

The nose is exactly what a barleywine should smell like. This beer is deeply darkly fruity and rich. Notes of cherry, brandy, port, raisins and even a touch of vanilla permeate this brew from beginning to end. Huge malty notes simply draw me in each time I stick my nose in the glass. This, to me, nails the style. The cherry sweetness grows over time and manages to bring even more depth.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride with all the complexities. Big notes of cherry and port flow through this beer like there's no tomorrow. The backbone is big sweet and caramel-like while fig, vanilla, leafy hops and an alcoholic spiciness all kick in at once. This is a delicious barleywine and for me to describe the rest would only cause more repeats.

The body is slightly sticky with a sugary sweetness that goes on and on. The hoppiness adds the faintest touch of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The body completely coats the mouth and slides through like velvet.

A couple of these back to back on a cold night are hard to beat. This is my style of barleywine and the drinkability suits me just right.

This is one of Bell's finest offerings and one that's often in my fridge and cellar. I'm glad this stuff is finally back in Illinois. I'm happy to see it back.

Reviewed: 11/5/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:18:42 | More by joe1510
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and rich auburn hue births a thick rich head that subsided rather quickly.

Oh this is interesting! Chocolate covered raisins perhaps? There's definitely dried fruit mixed with chocolate in the nose. Prune or date is in the mix, along with chocolate and caramel malts, maple and more raisin.

The taste is of some dried fruit, perhaps raisin, prune or date and maple. There is a malty sweetness and some caramel but the tastes are then overcome in a rush of booziness. It ends in a piney hop bitterness that holds off the alcohol at the aftertaste.

I do think this is very good and I hold it in high regard up to that last moment when the alcohol taste and heat suddenly takes over. Albeit a very small fraction of the whole experience it is enough to knock the score down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:08:14 | More by KYGunner
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tut2528

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date 8/20/12

A: much darker body than i was expecting. very dark brown and even has a slight dark purple tint to it. backlit shows ruby tones coming through. the pour created a nice thick fingers worth of head, and the lacing was quite nice. alcohol legs definitely evident as well. nice appearance all the way around

S: toffee, bready notes. alcohol soaked dark fruits in the form of raisins, berries, and possibly plum?, hints of grassy hops, slight alcohol presence, touch of vanilla. nice balance.

T: big caramel sweetness comes through here (as it should). dark fruits start coming into the picture during the middle of the body further elevating the sweetness and the finish is creamy. during the after taste, the bitter hops come into the picture and it lingers through until the next sip. i have mixed feeling about this lingering hop bitterness as i feel on one hand its a nice addition to an the beer and bring more creativity. on the other hand, the sweetness that initially began on the palate is completely destroyed.

M: higher side of medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation, and as stated leaves a big bitter hop profile on the palate.

O: definitely have mixed feelings about this brew. i enjoy hops but feel that it overwhelms the beer during the aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:59:41 | More by tut2528
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights shining through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is little lacing a thickness can be seen when swirling in the glass as the brew clings to the side leaving a fast dissipating foam on the glass once the liquid recedes.

Smell – The aroma is malty and fruity with a big malty bread smell mixed with lots of darker fruits. The darker fruits are mainly of a plum, prune, raisin and fig aroma brining a rather sweeter smell to the brew. While the fruit brings a sweetness some hop of an earthy and herbal nature along with a boozy rum smell help balance the aroma creating a warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother bready and slightly fruit flavors taste. The fruit is of the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. While the nose was rather heavy overall in the sweeter fruit, the taste was not but instead was heavier on the bready tastes upfront. As the taste advances the breadiness remains the same in intensity, but the fruity flavors dwindle some. As this occurs some spice flavors of nutmeg and clove come to the tongue along with some earthy bitter hop and a moderately strong rum flavor. The rum and hop get stronger more toward the end and when combined with the now lighter fruit and bready flavor create a moderately bitter and rummy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on quite low. Both work in concert to create a mouth coating feel bringing all the drier, slightly earthy, malty and boozier flavor to linger on the tongue creating a very warming feel.

Overall – A barley that is a bit on the drier and more bitter side with a big warming and slow drinking style. This one is nice to sit down with for a long haul.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:38:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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Farewell_Transmission

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a. Nice and dark with a faint head.
s. small of malts. I really like the smell of this beer.
t. strong malts with a nice hop taste.
m. nice and creamy.
o. a really exceptional beer, It really masks it is a high powered ale.

poured in a tulip glass.

date on bottle 4/6/2013.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:42:25 | More by Farewell_Transmission
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Bell's tulip. Full two finger thick head that is marsh mellow white. The head falls into a layer over the beer. Very dark ruby color. Light doesn't make it through easily, had to see the layering of colors by holding it up to light. Lacing is full and covers the sides of the glass after the first few sips.

Dark brown sugar flavors with some plum and date dark fruit.

Full flavored dark fruits, malty sweetness and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is very rich and thick. Small bubbles create a fluffy mouthfeel. Only a little fizzy bite.

Overall I think this is a very good barleywine, very fruity, slightly sweet. The alcohol isn't too strong even though it was bottled at the beginning of April, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 06:24:24 | More by Erdinger2003
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Brenden

Ohio

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

This beer is a tawny, completely opaque medium brown infused with a mahogany tint. It pours into the glass with not quite RIS-like viscosity, but plenty of it regardless. It looks like a big, robust Old Ale, the way it should be. There's a compact, small but very tight head of tan foam that, while not rising past half a finger in height, never moves once it's settled, which is almost immediately upon being poured. It leaves thick, creamy, steady patches and rings of lacing on the walls of the glass as it recedes.
The smell reminds me strongly of something like a toasted barley-based bread complemented by strong notes of fig and some caramel, but without a lot of sweetness (though there is some). It has as much spiciness as I'd expect a beer with rye in it to show, though I know it has none.
Big and bready in the flavor as well, a bit of sweetness is tasted in some dark fruits and what reminds me of candied fig, but as though someone baked them into a hearty bread. Caramel is clearly tasted as well. While touted as an American style Barleywine, hops take a back seat to the malt, but I believe they're used in appropriate levels. They give off floral notes with just a light pith underneath. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, and well integrated.
With moderate viscosity and steady carbonation, this full-bodied brew is a sipper, but never overly cloying on the tongue or in the throat. It has a soft creaminess to it and a good bit of crispness.
I can see how aging this beer could bring out some intricacies and allow it to develop its complexities. It's very good fresh as well, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 17:10:33 | More by Brenden
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bboymouse

Florida

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in late May as Total Wine was trying to clear their old stock.

It had great carbonation, poured into a pint glass. Smelled very sweet right off the bat.

As far as taste and mouthfeel was concerned, it was extremely drinkable, no way to tell it's over 10%. Not nearly that overpowering alcohol smell or taste that comes with some barleywines.

It drinks easy but very sweet on the finish, although a malty sweetness as opposed to an alcohol-y sweet. It was very good.

As this is my first review, I apologize for the brevity, I hope to be able to produce more detailed descriptions in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:35:11 | More by bboymouse
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Igotmypistola

California

3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent little brew. pretty standard.

Little thin and bitter. which is funny because i keep expecting it to end sweet. almost no sweetness, which i didnt like at first but its growing on me. (or maybe thats just the booze talking)

Nice head retention and lacing. Looks better than it tastes. Leaves a sort of unpleasant taste on the tongue.

meh

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 05:43:06 | More by Igotmypistola
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 4/6/2012, so it's about 14 months old at this point. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a caramelized, reddish-amber color. Only about half of a finger of off-white head emerges, and even that fades away within seconds. Remnants of sticky lacing, which surprises me given the overall lack of foam.

S - Deep caramelly sweetness, with a definite presence of dark fruits. There is also a mild spiciness, reminiscent of raisins or almost like a bread pudding. Still some bitter hop aromas present as well, but they are definitely taking a back seat here.

T - The taste largely follows the smell, but with an even more pronounced emphasis on the sweetness. A very pleasant saccharine quality from the caramelized malts transitions to a bit of a boozy alcohol aftertaste that has a pleasant warming finish.

M - A relatively full mouthfeel, with more carbonation than the appearance would let on. A finish that straddles the line between sticky and dry that is more drinkable than the 10.2% ABV should allow.

O - Although I have never had this beer fresh, I highlight recommend it with a little over a year of age on it. This brew is very balanced, with a sweet & slightly boozy mix that will be enjoyed for at least the next hour of sipping.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:48:10 | More by wyatt13
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BrewBoyR

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/12/12. Aged for around 7 months.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a lot of floaties. Small off-white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Rich, malty aroma full dark fruits such as fig, plum, prune, with esters reminiscent of apple and peach. Alcohol is very evident with some mild hop earthiness in the background.

Flavor: Rich caramel maltiness up front combined with stone fruit and a hint of chocolate. Stale, oxidized flavors complement the malt complexity. Spicy, boozy alcohol takes over next which leads into a smooth, yet intensely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy with a bit too much alcohol warming. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Although a little rough immediately after bottling, this beer improved dramatically after aging, even for a short time. I really wish I would have had the patience to age it longer. It falls somewhere between a traditional English Old Ale and a hoppy American Barleywine and manages to remain surprisingly balanced. Intense booziness is my biggest criticism, but this beer would still be fantastic on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 22:27:26 | More by BrewBoyR
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle packaged 11/14/12. drank up on 5/20/13

Murky brown amber look, small head. Smell is fruity esters, warm alcohol, dark malt. Creamy milk stout feel and sublime taste. It's a meld of bitter coca leaves, dry-yet-juicy plums/grapes, touch of juicy tangerine, and tangy alcohol. You feel like your breath could be ignited after sipping this, and it's "only" 10.5%.

Kills it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:40:59 | More by jimmah120
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traviskurowski

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice, heavy, sweet barleywine was a nice bottle: dark color, a lot of hops, malty. But it's hard to drink this one without thinking "this would be GREAT after a few years in the cellar." The sweet notes (a bit much at this age) one hopes will become more complex, and some richer notes begin to express themselves as the hops mellow. As is: a solid barleywine that I look forward to breaking out again in 2016.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 12:50:36 | More by traviskurowski
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Bottled on date of 10/12/12

Appearance - Pours a deep, muddy brown with orange tinge with an off-white half finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of microbubbles in the middle of the glass, while a significant build of larger bubbles form around the edge. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Fruit ester aroma galore! Dried peaches. Dried red apple. Moderate caramel undertone.

Taste - Oh yeah, lots of interesting, well balanced flavors going on here. Lots of caramel upfront and throughout, backed by healthy helpings of fruit essence and a touch of holiday spice; think cinnamon and nutmeg. Dried peach and apricot. Dried dates and prunes. Faint traces of chocolate, especially once it's warmed. Nice, clean, well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Slight touch of syrup. Semi-dry finish. For a beer that's 10.2%, this is remarkably smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Perhaps the cleanest, most well-balanced barelywine I've had to date. Amazing considering the lack of hop presence. Smooth as all get-up. That this isn't available in California is a damn shame! I'd love to get a few bottles for aging, though I doubt I'll go out of my way to get them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 05:02:44 | More by TheSixthRing
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. Bottled 10/12/12.

A - Quite cloudy with a rusty brown colour. Great two finger fluffy light brown head. Mild carbonation coming up. Good spattering a of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Huge dark fruit character. Port, cherries, generous amount of hops integrated well. Wood too. Absolutely fantastic and really enticing.

T - Boozy and much more hoppy than the aroma. Sweet dark fruit there too. Tons more hops than the aroma. Boozy pineapple. I typically don't like heavy booze/hop combos, but I find this to be milder and well put together compared to some harsher examples of the style. Good.

M - Proper mild carbonation and medium body with an abrasive bitterness that mellows latwr and lingering boozy citrus.

O/D - This is a pretty good beer. With better alcohol masking and lower hopping rates, it would get a much ranking from me. A good example of a difficult style for me. Balanced, yet aggressive and nice to sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 20:49:52 | More by tbeckett
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,831 ratings.