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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 191
Gots: 256 | FT: 16
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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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-25-2014 04:42:18 | More by ThaHealer
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Bone53

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 9 month old bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Rich brown color with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing

Smell: Caramel, toffee, figs/dates. Gets richer as it warms

Taste: Sweet malts upfront, dark fruits in the middle, and syrupy molasses character to finish it off. I don't get hops until the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; Thick and creamy, almost velvety. very little alcohol detected

Overall: I don't know if it's because this particular bottle is 9 months old, but I don't get any alcohol burn that others mention. This is a malt bomb and don't pick up hops until the aftertaste. I enjoy the transition of flavors between caramel/brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses. The latter gives off a very nice touch and is what made it exceptional in my opinion. I imagine a bourbon aged version would be spectacular. A great barleywine, a real sipper, and another solid big beer offering from Bells

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 03:58:20 | More by Bone53
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Jscottp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-23-2014 00:25:59 | More by Jscottp
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-20-2014 20:59:32 | More by rypkr
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-20-2014 13:14:23 | More by EROCK75
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tviz33

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-19-2014 02:42:41 | More by tviz33
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-18-2014 13:18:43 | More by Kubrickx
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku glass
Bottled on 8/7/13

A - Pours a dark mahogany red with a small tan head on top. Throws a few specks pf lacing.

S - Toasted barley, burnt brown sugar, fruity, cherries, figs, dates, loads of caramel, bready yeast.

T - Sugary brown bread, toasted caramel barley, molasses, burnt toffee, sticky raisins, dates, dark sweet bread, dark fruits, slight hint of cocoa, bittering hops seem to add a kiss of citrus. Finishes toasty, bitter and the sweetness dries out at the very last second.

M - Medium to full body, sticky and syrupy at times, low to medium carbonation.

Aggressive flavors of toasted barley, sticky and sweet with more hop presence than I expected. It's like a Barleywine/Dopplebock combo. If you like aggressive beers pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 19:53:06 | More by StaveHooks
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-11-2014 13:15:55 | More by ubufan2112
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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-10-2014 19:36:55 | More by Griffith
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-10-2014 11:35:31 | More by campfirebrew
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured to a tulip and a pint glass with a dark brown, red body. A small off-white cap rises to about half a finger with a silky texture. Head retention is decent but it falls to the smallest of rings. Tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Fairly strong aroma of aged ale. Dark red fruits, raisins and caramel majorly provide the aroma for me with some nice toasted and cracked grain malt hints. Tiniest hint of alcohol. Hops are here in the tiniest of capacities.

T- Malty base of caramel, toasted grains and even a bit of roast. Brown sugar comes in quite strong as well. Fruity aspect of raisins, figs and prunes. Spicy and herbal hops make a surprise appearance in the finish. Slight grapes, apples and cinnamon.

MF- Fairly thick body with a creamy and foamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high with a crisp and somewhat silky feel. More carbonated than most other examples of the style I can think of. Slight alcohol warming resonates on the palate.

Hmm. A nice play on Old Ale but perhaps a bit over-carbonated and hoppy for me. It just feels so much different from the style that I know but a good beer to drink after all. The toasted brown sugar malts are nice and it almost reminds me of a super strong Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 03:18:52 | More by cbutova
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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New York

3/5  rDev -27.2%

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.