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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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2,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 218
Gots: 356 | FT: 20
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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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a nice 3-finger frothy, tan head. Really nice retention and some good patchy lacing. The beer is pretty hazy, so I can’t appreciate any bubbles.

S – Rich malty aromas with caramel, molasses, raisin, plum, and fig notes. There may be a touch of fruity, citrus hops.

T – It starts off sweet with caramel, molasses, and dark fruits like plums, raisins, and figs. As the taste progresses, bitter grapefruit and orange citrus hops come through and build toward the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet finish. There is a nice warmth from the alcohol, too.

O – This is a nice barleywine. It’s not the most interesting one in the world, but it’s tasty, very drinkable, and a good example of the style. I like the fact that it comes in around 10% ABV instead of close to 15% like some barleywines. I think it makes it more drinkable and enjoyable. Nice job, Bell’s.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogony red color, finger of off white head, quite un filtered.

Smel is a lot of dark fruit (raison, plum) but the smell is rather sweet like it is raisons and plums dipped in caramel and toffee, really good smelling stuff that is for sure.

Taste is sweet at first with caramel, plums, molasses and it finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation, finishes slightly dry.

A really good, Old Ale/ Barleywine at a great price an can really see this developing nicely and turning into a completely different beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles on 4/6/12***review on 3/16/2013
12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours a deep dark red brown, with a 1 finger khaki head, some but not much lacing. 3.75

Aroma-plums are all over this, along with rasians, black cherry, and some nice malty tones as well. Hints of toffee and butterscotch. 4.25

Taste-right up front i get dried plums dipped in vanilla yogurt. Then toffee and butterscotch come out to play. Carmel comes in too. Some bitterness in the finish as well as some boozeyness. The sweetness and bitterness is perfectly balanced. 4.5

Feel-full bodied, coats palate very well, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. 4.25

Overall- Perfect warmer for a cold night. Do yourself a favor and drink it over an hours span, you need to sit back and enjoy. Bells is starting to become my one of my favorite breweries out there and if they make more beers of this caliber they will slide right into first. 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

World of Beer Orlando. Draft into snifter.

A: Deep reddish brown with a thick, clingy head.

S: Dark fruit, malt, hint of booze.

T: Plum/raisin, rum cake, caramel/toffee with a hint of dark chocolate (Skor bar anyone?). Booze and hops jump in toward the end and keep it from being too sweet. A whisper of espresso in the aftertaste?

M: Rich and satisfying, dries out nicely in the finish so as not to be syrupy. Booze prickles and warms but is never harsh.

O: A very enjoyable barleywine. A standard for the style.

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,245 ratings.