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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:
#1,916
Reviews:
1,111
Ratings:
2,729
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
264
Gots:
577
Trade:
25
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Ratings: 2,729 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of AyatollahGold
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

Photo of csnyder83
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

2012 vintage. Aged nicely. Still plenty of booze in there.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice brew but....I'm curious how these hopped up old ales / barleywines get labeled as such, to me they fit the style known as American Strong Ale like Stone's Arogant Bastard series is considered. Once the bittering hops are introduced the names old ale and barleywine just dont accurately describe what your drinking in my opinion.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of Viperman1316
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is an acceptable barleywine. I think that the flavors and aromas last too short and the beer becomes too alcoholic after a while. Not too hoppy. The mouthfeel is OK.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried a 2015 aged bottle. Definitely worth the wait. This beats out the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot by a long shot, comes short of Founders Curmudgeon, but still a spectacular old ale.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mayank
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have loved this strong barlywine Ale with its Carmel overtones with some slight fruity flavors and mild hops.

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Photo of dcotom
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/05/14, sampled 10/05/17. Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass goblet. Pours the color of caramel sauce, with lots of tiny flecks of suspended material making it quite hazy in appearance. The two-finger light tan head settles within a few moments, leaving minimal lacing. Smooth, with luscious notes of caramel, tart cherry, and dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel, quite a bit of dry bitterness and alcohol bite, and a touch of lingering fruity tartness on the finish. With three years of age on it, this should be savored like the fine cordial that it brings to mind. Unquestionably world-class.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,729 ratings
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