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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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2,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,183
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 209
Gots: 314 | FT: 18
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

A - Transparent brown with a good carbonation causing some tight bubbles in the middle. Minimal lacing and very faint alcohol legs.

S - Nice bourbon upfront some smokiness and vanilla, caramel and chicory.

T - Dark fruits maltiness and roasted breadiness upfront and some vanilla hit the middle of the mouth before leaving you with a faint hopiness at the back end where you get just a bit of that bourbon flavor at the end of a pull.

M - Much thinner than it drinks with minimal heat. Syruppy sweetiness and sticky drinks incredibly smooth for 10.2%.

O - This is an incredible barleywine and has a real nice drinkability and smoothness that can get someone in trouble if they weren't careful. I would put this up next to Bigfoot in style.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 32oz. growler into a snifter glass

Pours a medium brown color with reddish hues to it, very little bubbles or head. Maybe it was because this was from a tap and not out of a bottle but i was surprised at how amazingly smooth this was for a (just barely) 10+%abv barley wine. Not quite as in your face as some barley wines I have tried, but not in a bad way. The taste has prominent notes of malt, fig, raisin & plum with a slight bite on the finish. Slightly sweet up front and very smooth. I did not think it had much of a boozy taste to it, but after finishing 16oz. I was definitely feeling it. Overall I thought this was a nice, if not slightly lighter barley wine. Recommend giving it a try if you come across it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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2.4/5  rDev -41.7%

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4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Third Coast pours an astonishing shade of auburn with distinctly red highlights. The head is thin, but fluffy and inviting. I did notice some sediment, but I believe I have been holding on to this bottle since 2011, so that may have played a factor.

The aroma is sharp, alcoholic, reminiscent of bourbon, but one can definitely pick up fruity aspects, such as apricot, and there is a caramel element within it as well.

The initial wave over the palate feels very soft and smooth - malty, bready, with a touch of vanilla. The center of the flavor releases complex dark fruits, red wine, and baker's chocolate. The finish, a surprising amount of citrus and pine hop flavor, with a drying bitterness and a certain woodiness.

The flavor lingers nicely and despite the ABV and aroma, it is shockingly easy to drink. I must say in closing, that this is one of the best Barleywines I have ever tasted!

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,183 ratings.