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Bell's Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Old Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dreadnaught33 on 05-16-2011)
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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, review transcribed from notes. This is NOT the same beer as "Third Coast Old Ale"... Apparently this was a special, brewery only old ale release. Pours a deep, deep amber and ruby red clash of colors, murky, cloudy, and almost completely opaque save for the translucent edges. The eggshell head is fine, thin, and appears pretty creamy.

The aroma brings forth many traditional barleywine/old-ale notes; raisins, figs, and dates that have been soaking and drenched in a booze bath. Strong alcohol presence, almost resembling a heavy wine or brandy. Mildly fusel and hot on the nose. Lots of toasted caramel and toffee, not quite reaching "molasses" level. No doubt that this beer is an unabashed malt bomb with lots of alcohol and lots of sweetness - that's, that's what the aroma would indicate. Hops? Nah. At least, I'm not picking up on any.

Sure as shit, this stuff is potent. A heavy alcohol presence parades over your palate from the first sip - heavy wine and brandy with an unavoidable heat. And it only gets stronger as it warms. The beer is sweet, too, but I think some of that is cut but the booze. Lots of sweeter grape-like flavors, more than I picked up on in the aroma. Boozy raisins and plums are present, as well. The sea of malt ties everything together - smooth and savory amounts of sweet caramel, toffee, and butter. Mild astringency on the tail end, along with a slight bitterness, but still nothing that really resembles hops. Medium mouth feel, thinner than expected for the style and ABV, low carbonation, slick, sticky, oily.

Glad I got to try this one while it was available at Eccentric. It's strong - and even seems stronger than the 10% ABV it's labeled as. When this boy reaches room temp, it gets HOT. Still pretty decent all around, but be prepared to sip. I liked Third Coast much better than this.

tectactoe, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Mantooth, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

beergorrilla, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mzeld
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mzeld, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

SFNC, Mar 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

redleg64, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Zaphog, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's last weekend.

Pours a pale amber color with a slight white head. A spot of two of lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of caramel and some light fruits to go atop sweet bready malt. Light cherry. The flavor is fairly sweet with a good amount of caramel, though most of the malt flavor is just plain sugary bread. Some booze and cherry there as well. Medium body with low carbonation and a good amount of booze. Maybe this was too fresh, but it's not nearly as good as Third Coast Old Ale, in my opinion.

Thorpe429, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 7/21/12

A) Deep, intense rust color. Very inviting, indeed. Modest ring retention and, surprisingly, a bit of drippy lace.

S) Soapy, candied malts, faint caramel, fruit esters and dry bread. It's a simple sort of aroma.

T) The taste is quite fine, if a bit on the dry, bristly side (which suits me just fine). Bread, caramel, hop bitterness, toasted sugars. Faint candy notions. Whoa, this is astoundingly dry. I dig it.

M) Smooth, medium-plus feel wrought with grittiness. So awesome. Low, mellow carbonation.

D) I really like this dry, not overly-hopped take on the style. Definitely worth a shot if they still make it.

Ryan011235, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of martyl1000
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn. On tap at Mason Lounge, Madison, this is an arresting cross between huge and mellow. Aroma of a barley wine, bitterness of a confident malt bomb. Syrupy mouthfeel. Massive, permanent lacing. So great to find this on tap at the end of a long night. Alcohol pretty well hidden. But if i were to have another at its 10%, I think I'd keel over.

martyl1000, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

jdavolos88, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber garnet red color with large vibrant bubbles and a thick, foamy, creamy off white colored head.

S - Overly weak, earthy butter toffee, roasted caramel, butter rum, and mild chocolate.

T - A big boozy wall of raisons and butter brandy. Effervesence sits on the tongue and drifts up the nasal passage in waves of phenol alcohol. Lots of oak tannin woodiness, wet blanket, and lingering piney bitterness. Lingering bitterness is what I would call "exceptional".

M - Could be thicker, light medium body for this particular style.

O - Would enjoy this beer more if it were thicker, may be better if it were laid down for a few years. (?)

jzeilinger, Sep 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kotzbauerm, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

midlifec, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

brendaniel, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this was a brewery only release back in early April 2011. Was named Old Ale on the chalkboard.

A: Awesome Muddy appearance with a fizzy tan ring of head and some lacing. Looks old!

S: Prune, plum, caramel, toffee, red wine grapes and confectionary sugar mix together in a not overly potent aroma.

T: The smell comes through in the taste with added molasses, brown sugar and old dried fruits. Lots of "welch's Grape" kinds of sweetness and fruitiness, though it's also got a nice savory side with the prune and plum notes.

M: A little more carbonated than I'd like but it has a nice full body and semi viscous feel without too much heat surprisingly.

O: Easier to drink than expected and pleasant.

Dreadnaught33, May 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

darklord2011, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

bacasnax, Apr 01, 2013
Bell's Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.