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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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2,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 225
Gots: 387 | FT: 25
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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Ratings: 2,324 | Reviews: 1,017
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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in late May as Total Wine was trying to clear their old stock.

It had great carbonation, poured into a pint glass. Smelled very sweet right off the bat.

As far as taste and mouthfeel was concerned, it was extremely drinkable, no way to tell it's over 10%. Not nearly that overpowering alcohol smell or taste that comes with some barleywines.

It drinks easy but very sweet on the finish, although a malty sweetness as opposed to an alcohol-y sweet. It was very good.

As this is my first review, I apologize for the brevity, I hope to be able to produce more detailed descriptions in the future.

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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent little brew. pretty standard.

Little thin and bitter. which is funny because i keep expecting it to end sweet. almost no sweetness, which i didnt like at first but its growing on me. (or maybe thats just the booze talking)

Nice head retention and lacing. Looks better than it tastes. Leaves a sort of unpleasant taste on the tongue.


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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 4/6/2012, so it's about 14 months old at this point. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a caramelized, reddish-amber color. Only about half of a finger of off-white head emerges, and even that fades away within seconds. Remnants of sticky lacing, which surprises me given the overall lack of foam.

S - Deep caramelly sweetness, with a definite presence of dark fruits. There is also a mild spiciness, reminiscent of raisins or almost like a bread pudding. Still some bitter hop aromas present as well, but they are definitely taking a back seat here.

T - The taste largely follows the smell, but with an even more pronounced emphasis on the sweetness. A very pleasant saccharine quality from the caramelized malts transitions to a bit of a boozy alcohol aftertaste that has a pleasant warming finish.

M - A relatively full mouthfeel, with more carbonation than the appearance would let on. A finish that straddles the line between sticky and dry that is more drinkable than the 10.2% ABV should allow.

O - Although I have never had this beer fresh, I highlight recommend it with a little over a year of age on it. This brew is very balanced, with a sweet & slightly boozy mix that will be enjoyed for at least the next hour of sipping.

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/12/12. Aged for around 7 months.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a lot of floaties. Small off-white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Rich, malty aroma full dark fruits such as fig, plum, prune, with esters reminiscent of apple and peach. Alcohol is very evident with some mild hop earthiness in the background.

Flavor: Rich caramel maltiness up front combined with stone fruit and a hint of chocolate. Stale, oxidized flavors complement the malt complexity. Spicy, boozy alcohol takes over next which leads into a smooth, yet intensely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy with a bit too much alcohol warming. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Although a little rough immediately after bottling, this beer improved dramatically after aging, even for a short time. I really wish I would have had the patience to age it longer. It falls somewhere between a traditional English Old Ale and a hoppy American Barleywine and manages to remain surprisingly balanced. Intense booziness is my biggest criticism, but this beer would still be fantastic on a cold winter day.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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