Third Coast Old Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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:
#1,959
Reviews:
1,114
Ratings:
2,746
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
581
Trade:
25
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jake-northrup
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful old ale pours a dark, dark, caramel brown with almost no head. The nose is overly rich, and filled with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and maple syrup. The taste is phenomenal, the brew washes over the tongue with rich caramel, dark chocolate, tons of brown sugar, and rich bourbon marasca cherries. The feel is great, very rich and not overly carbonated. For a 10.2% brew, this is relentlessly smooth and rich. No lingering alcohol, or astringency. This is an awesome example of a great barleywine, produced by one of my favorites breweries.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Soul_Train
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebits
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with a small off white head. Smells of molasses, malt, caramel, and sweetness. Tastes insanely sweet and of, caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla, and light booze. Medium-heavy body with medium-light carbonation. Overall this is a decent barleywine but it’s just way to sweet in my opinion.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and booze. The taste is similar to the nose.

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

Photo of bef
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LoganMc
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of christimm
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (“PKG 09/11/2017”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Cloudy caramel brown with a brief head of khaki foam and light, sudsy lace. Sweet aroma of dried dark fruit and alcohol (rum soaked raisins). Complex flavor with sweet and sour dark fruit (prunes, cherries), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of alcoholic heat. Finishes with herbal, hoppy bitterness. Medium body, creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Big, rich barleywine with healthy hop bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice big beer as a barley wine should be but this one has more hop flavor than I was expecting .. Glad I tried it but there are other that are far more my style . fine brew but hoppy.

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Photo of Roco82
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwarsenal9
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,746 ratings
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