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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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1,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 200
Gots: 273 | FT: 16
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber-brown color with a half-finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of rich sweet caramelized malts, with some dark fruits, molasses, other dark malts, a bit of light fruit, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized sugars and caramel malts with some molasses and some raisin and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some more dark caramel malt flavor comes through with some light fruits and some citrus hops. The finish is a mix of caramelized malts and residual sugars with some dark fruit, a bit of citrus hop, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice American Barleywine with a really great malt profile and enough body to balance things out.

ngeunit1, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev -2.9%

TonyTalon, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast Old Ale pours a cloudy dark amber color, with a very small lacing head. There is a nice mellow rich sweet fruit like aroma. The taste is strong sharp initial bite, with sweet wine like flavors, and then finishes dry, with a strong oak like flavor. Good complex, and strong flavor. Overall this barleywine doesn't disappoint, good full flavor, enjoyable.

vette2006c5r, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

piconaut, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to RyanMcFly1985. Poured into CCB snifter. Not sure the age since no bottle date.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark reddish brown. Average to slightly above average carbonation, pretty much no head.

S- Bready malts, caramel, spices, some light fruits.

T- Bready/biscuity malts, caramel, apples, some other fruity flavors. Bready malts definitely the most prevalent.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, goes down very easily, not much alcoholic burn, not syrupy at all.

O- Barleywines usually aren't my favorite style, but I definitely enjoyed this one. Had a nice balance between the bready malts and caramel/slight fruity flavors. Alcohol very well hidden for a 10.2% barely wine, also not syrupy. The problem I have with most barleywines is that they are too syrupy and too boozey. This definitely doesn't encounter either of those problems. Definitely recommend trying it.

jaasen64, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

cestlavie, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

acurtis, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

DWolf, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

adamdd, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

wfcubsfan, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

amart80, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

CarolinaKev, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

brock146, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Nate, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

muchloveforhops3, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MaseFace, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

evavro, May 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

TimRasmussen, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HungarianCount, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

klipper, May 14, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin tan head on a very attractive deep amber with red tints body.

S: dried dark fruits, ginger, malts and not too boozy for the style.

T: cabernet red wine notes with dark fruits, malty mustiness, toffee, some toasted malts and brown sugar. booziness is acceptable.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: The right amount of booziness for the style. complex but many of these in the genre are. Not too bad.

kylehay2004, May 09, 2012
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.