Third Coast Old Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
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#3,734
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
2,772
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9.98%
 
 
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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh I wasn't a huge fan nor was I @ 3 years but aged 2 years wow what an amazing beer. Dark ruby red in appearance with caramelized candy fruited sugar in aroma. Flavor is very similar to smell with flavors of dark fruited figs and dates, chocolate, caramel, smoked malts, candy sweetness, molasses, and hops. Very good and do suggest aging for 2 years.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. Plenty of molasses and brown sugar. Some alcohol sneaks through but doesnt bother, just give it a slow drinking fell that is nice

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

September 2017 vintage

Look: Deep brown with amber highlights when held up to the light. Small, creamy, lingering off-white head.

Smell: Sweet sourdough bread, a sharp bite of hops, a little yeast.

Taste: A noticeable alcohol note. Bittersweet, yeasty bread with little hop flavor but a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and virtually no carbonation.

Overall: A very complex drink that sits pretty far from the typical idea of "beer". Heavy, thick, and very alcoholic.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark brown; aroma is wonderfully malty with hops and fruits; the taste is awesome - sweet with caramel, brown sugar and those fruit smells; feel is full.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NRMeadmore
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxcoinage
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2016 vintage

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour.

S- dark fruit aromas of black cherry and raisin, followed by some piney and floral faded hop aromas. Underlying hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T- earthy and piney hops up front still have plenty of bitterness. Mid-palate brings out some sweet malty notes of raisin, fig, cherry and caramel. The finish gives notes of molasses and brown sugar, with a slightly oxidized piney hop linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- at over a year old, still plenty of hop bitterness, but some malty notes are starting to take over

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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a murky, turbid caramel brown. Head production is modest, with a turbulent pour producing about one finger of firm tan head. Retention and lacing are excellent.

Big ABW aroma! Waves of caramel grains - the smell of a homebrew boil that fills the garage - along with strong earthy hops. This is inviting and daunting.

Flavor follows. This is the pure expression of beer: sweet, brown sugary caramel malt, pine, orange peel, rye, wheat, prunes, and raisins.

Smooth and thick; supremely bitter but still sweet.

ABWs aren't for me, and this one is no exception, but it's a perfectly executed example of the style.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,772 ratings