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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,927 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 192
Gots: 258 | 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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass (batch 9385)
A: Pours hazy, opaque brown with two fingers of fluffy, light khaki head.  Lots of yeast in this beer.  Retention is very good.

S: Very sweet molasses, prunes, and brown sugar.  A bit of bready malt, but no hint of hops whatsoever.  This is extremely sweet smelling.

T: Similar to aroma, but much more balanced than I thought it would have been.  Raisins and bready malts are front and center in this beer.  Light hop bitterness helps to balance.  Light oxidation is present, but it's nice.  Reminds me of an aged English Barleywine.

M: Thick mouthfeel with light but adequate carbonation.

O: This tastes much more like an English Barleywine than an American one, but it's quite nice.  The aroma is quite sweet, but the flavor is balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:01:51 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-21-2012 23:45:06 | More by kayrex
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bullywee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-21-2012 05:55:55 | More by bullywee
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-21-2012 05:15:30 | More by Rollzroyce21
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wages

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was born in September 2011 and drank February 2012, so not a lot of aging.

Appearance - 3.5/5 - very dark red color with a one finger head. It has some chill haze.

smell - 4/5 - aroma of alcohol and plum or raisins.

Taste - 4.5/5 - surprisingly dry with subtle sweetness. Hard to pin down the flavors. Maybe tootsie roll?

Mouthfeel - 4/5 -good amount carbonation but not to much. Only the hard to pin down flavors linger.

Overall - 4.5/5 - a hard to pin down beer (in case I didn't say that enough!) That's a real winner but that leaves you wondering what exactly it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:29:10 | More by wages
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-20-2012 19:04:54 | More by cynical1027
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-19-2012 21:57:10 | More by djcira
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an X-tra from BrahnSolo. Bottled 11/07/11

A- Pours a murky deep marroon/mahogany color into my DFH glass. A 2 1/2 finger cherry tinted tan head fills the glass. It takes a while to fade away, and leaves just a touch of lacing.

S- Caramel, mission figs, raisins, leather, butterscotch, pine sap, and little hints of lemon and over ripe peaches.

T- Caramel and butterscotch candy. Nice citrus punch that blends seemlessly with the malty sweetness. A touch of alcohol. Prunes, raisins, figs, brown sugar and grapefruit.

M- Sticky, oily and resinous. Really nice blend of citrus pop and caramel and candy sweetness. Really sticks to your tongue all the way down... and hangs on. I like the way the alcohol shows it's face. Really cuts some of the sweetness.

O- Nice barleywine. Wish I had a few more to put away and see how it develops. Coulda had a bit more carbonation, but I really enjoyed how sticky it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:15:38 | More by Thickfreakness
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bdkucharski

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-18-2012 17:04:59 | More by bdkucharski
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.2%

02-17-2012 02:27:22 | More by hockenbeer
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CarpalTunnell

Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-16-2012 23:50:01 | More by CarpalTunnell
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-16-2012 18:32:52 | More by ninner00
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is a decent barleywine. It has a strong malty toffe flavour.

A: Red colour and a 1 cm head that lasts reasonably well. 4.5

S: Mild malty aroma. Some burnt sugar. 3.5

T: Malty with strong toffee flavour. There is a little bitterness and burnt plastic flavour in the finish. Pretty good. 3.5

M: Foamy. The alcohol warms my mouth. 4.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:37:41 | More by vandemonian
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DocAJ

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-15-2012 21:14:23 | More by DocAJ
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-15-2012 02:11:12 | More by Cramerican
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SuperNova777

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-15-2012 00:18:58 | More by SuperNova777
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GreysonDaniels

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-12-2012 14:03:19 | More by GreysonDaniels
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Reason2B

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber, nearly no light passes through. About a half inch of yellow head. Fair lacing holds to the glass for a good amount of time.

S: Not as much as I would like of the nose, with only a slight malty sweetness.

T: Exceptionally smooth, this does not drink north of 10 percent alky. If I was to do a blind taste, would guess 7.5 or 8 percent. Surely a good drinking experience, but not a huge amount of complexity for the genera of beer. Dominant flavor is malty raisin, with maybe a very little cherry taste.

M: There is a medium amount of carbonation, just the right amount. Body medium to heavy.

O: This is a good beer, in that although it doesn’t do it all, huge complexity and so on, it does very well. The appearance is spot on, smell is the most lacking category, taste is simple (at least as barley wines go), but smooth, and mouth feel is also spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:55:11 | More by Reason2B
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-11-2012 13:29:53 | More by Tyrawlings
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Hopstimatic

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-11-2012 03:38:22 | More by Hopstimatic
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CrazyOtto623

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-10-2012 22:54:03 | More by CrazyOtto623
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber verging on brown. There's only a thin lacing of off white head despite a heavy pour. The nose has a strong barley malt, bready aroma with hints of birthday cake, dark fruit, cherries, and faint alcohol. The flavor is sweet, malty, and bready with some faint hops, dark fruit, and heavy alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is warm, full bodied, and well carbonated.

The alcohol in this one ensures it's a sipper. At first it's a little boozy, but it mellows out as the beer warms. The nose is more intense than the flavor. If the flavor was as malty, bready, and complex as the nose this would be flawless. This is a solid barleywine as it stands, but I think a few more months stashed away will calm the booze and mellow the flavors. I did enjoy it overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:03:37 | More by tdm168
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

02-09-2012 02:16:39 | More by pirmannt1
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-08-2012 03:30:35 | More by LJWalker
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distvan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-08-2012 01:28:29 | More by distvan
Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.