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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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2,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 217
Gots: 352 | FT: 19
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle says 10/12/12

A - Poured out a nice creamy tan head with a dark ruby red body that you can see through once held up to the light. Nice and clean.

S - Produces a sweet ripe raisin / cherry smell with a satisfying smoothness. Mmmm, lovely..Slight alcohol tickle in the back that makes you wonder how strong this really is.

T - Slight hops in the beginning with the dark fruit coming in afterwards of cherries, black current, raisins and a little bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer has a lingering caramel sweetness throughout, and the overall flavor lingers.

M - In the mouth this is full bodied and soft as they come with a complementary light carbonation.

O - One of the best old ales that I have come across with a real smooth quality to it. If you like this style you should give this sipper a go. Has an alcohol bite and seems like a really good one for people who like to keep a few for cellering. This beer has a lot going good for it, and will become a regular one that I will seek out. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of minterro
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Have had some very exceptional Barleywines and some that I didn't find as good. Bought for around 3 dollars. Bottled on 10/12/12

A&S: Lots of stuff going on as far as the smell goes, interesting mixture of: caramel, mint, red grapes, and breadyness. Hints of earthy hops. The beer is dark brown but quite transparent, head is fizzy and dies instantly. Some lacing clinging.

T&M: On the bittersweet end of the barleywine spectrum. The typical alcohol tones in Barleywines were not a huge presence in this beer (although half way through this one I could feel the blood start to rush to my cheeks so... the alcohol is probably just quite well hidden). Not super flavorful because it kinda gets overpowered by bitterness (I didn't age it very long but I feel like it shouldn't be this better after 4.5 months). finish is very dry and bitter. come out very crisp and kinda dies a bit and turn to a dull crispness. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

Overall: I didn't really enjoy this one as much as I expect I would. Maybe I could use some cellaring... I don't know. I feel like as much as I am a hop head, I might like the sweeter less hopped version of Barleywines

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 4/6/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with a thin beige head.

Smell: Strong caramel and toffee notes with figs and a bit of oak. Clean, classic aroma for the style.

Taste: The fig, raisin, and oak notes are stronger here. Caramel and toffee both come through very nicely as well. Finish is fairly bittersweet. The bittering hops do an nice job of keeping the sweetness in check. There's even a little bit of piney hop flavor that sneaks in on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel going down. Very nice.

Overall: This beer pretty much represents everything I expect an old ale to be. While it won't blow you away, it's a great representation of the style, and I'll keep picking up a sixer every year.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/6/2012. So almost a year old beer.

Poured into a snifter. No head. Almost brown color with some ruby hues. Decent lacing. Almost opaque as such, with some translucency in light. No bubbles. Calm.

A lot of malts upfront. Caramel. Bready and sweet. Np alcohol as such. Some fruity esters. Low to none hops in the nose.

Taste is full of malt with very very slight hop bitterness, almost hidden, towards the end. Well this could be an old ale but neither seems to be an American or English Barleywine. No. A lot of caramel flavor and some hop mixed malt flavor. Finish is almost dry with just hint of bitterness which i am just giving to the beer.

Mouth feel is slightly full bodied with some maltiness. Low to non existent carbonation. A good amount of alcohol warmth but no at all boozy.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.