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
Ranking:
#2,151
Reviews:
1,120
Ratings:
2,768
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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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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Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNCue
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

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

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

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

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
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

Photo of Treyliff
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

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

Photo of cub7
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
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

Photo of Roguer
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Bine and Vine in San Diego. 2015 version.
Look: dark brownish, with a good amount of head at first but dissipated quickly, a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: full of molasses, sweet maltiness.
Taste: the massive molasses sweetness hit you right at the beginning. However, quite a dry finish as the hoppiness took over. Very herbal.
Feel: full body, viscous, chewy.

An excellent brew, even if it's not in the most attractive bottle there is. I'd recommend this to anyone!

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,768 ratings