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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

2,290 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 222
Gots: 373 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep cloudy brown with settling sediments. No, not the prettiest picture. Cane sugar smells and sweet maltiness with burnt sugar, some molasses, in the taste. Warming alcohol gives way to a moderate bitter finish. A bit chalky in the aftertaste. Very much an american barleywine, a a wonderful one at that.

Photo of szmnnl99
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will warm you by the fire

Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a tiny light tan head. Some splotchy lacing on top but good foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar. A touch of pine and oak notes but it is all very weak. I was really hoping the aroma would pop a little more than it does.

The flavor has a huge shot of hop bitterness right off the bat. The hops really overwhelm whatever subtle flavors might be present. As the beer warms, some more dark fruit and oak comes through but it is still hampered by the bitterness. Sweet and pretty thick mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, I had very high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. Maybe a couple years on this will ease the bitterness but I feel like there are some really good flavors buried in there.

Photo of Ri0
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter, Bottled October 2014.

A - A murky brown/maroon with a thin 1 finger sand colored head. Spotty lacing and a thin ring form on the glass.

S - Wonderful aromas of sweet malts and dark sugars. Dates, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, toffee meld perfectly with mild hops.

T - It packs a good punch of sweet malty sugary sweetness, but the hops come in to give it a slight bitterness. Plenty of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits. The hops are lightly citrus and bitter, just enough to keep this from being a sugar bomb. ABV is hidden.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, a bit syrupy on the finish.

O - The flavor in this is remarkable and one of the best BWs I have had when fresh. Feels like it has 1-2 years already on it. Not nearly as hoppy compared to other American BWs. Highly recommend.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hot, boozy and harsh. Not recommended.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amedlin18
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alextricity
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

$3.29 single bottled 9/5/14 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint 1/22/15.

Appearance: Pretty much beer bottle brown -- turns hazy red/orange when held to light. A quarter inch of head floats atop the beer, and there's some patchwork lacing down the glass.

Smell: Classic sort of dark fruit, caramel malt, and brown sugar sort of aroma going on. There is a fair amount of alcohol in the aroma too, which also seems pretty common in the style. There seems to be a freshness seemingly of hops in there, but I could just be confusing that with the dark fruit and brown sugary aroma. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste/feel: The bottle says Old Ale, but BeerAdvocate says American Barleywine... I guess I can see the confusion. Alcohol, dark fruit, and hop bitterness (without so much hop flavor) are there immediately. Throughout the sip, it's almost nothing else but alcohol and dark fruit until the finish, where there's a caramel kind of maltiness with the warming alcohol. Finish is dry, but also juicy... seems different each sip. The feel on this beer is extraordinary, with a silky smooth full body and subtle prickly carbonation... just perfect, to me.

Very well done Old Ale. The bitterness gives the American Barleywine vibe, but it's certainly an Old Ale in my mind, despite what Bell's description is. A great Autumn/Winter sipper.

Photo of HobbNobber
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beardown
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoneguy
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/19/13. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Beautiful reddish brown hue which is more red than brown when held in the light. One finger of head which faded quickly but never completely disappeared. Wonderful smell of malty sweetness, butterscotch & alcohol. Tastes of dates, alcohol. Initially sweet and finishes slightly dry. Light syrup mouth feel, low carbonation but not flat. Excellent Old Ale/Barleywine. I'm going to let the other 5 bottles age a few months to see how it mellows and probably pick up another six pack to age long term. Good show Bell"s!

Photo of jtholst66
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a strong Belgian ale. Brown sugar is the predominant flavor but the beer is not too sweet

Photo of prisdefer
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

ABV too obvious for my taste.

Photo of JGam115
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maroon with laced off white foam. Candi sugar, crystallized caramel, toasted lucky charms. Light syrup mouthfeel, booze, well balanced.

Photo of mamj89
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yummy. Good kick back sipper

Photo of greeniedgator
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.