Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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
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
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.