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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 2,764 |  Reviews: 1,118
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top of its style. Cloudy auburn brown with lots of foam. Hopped up with Cookie dough, mint, rum, dates and fig, ice cream mouthfeel, a little hop bitterness. Complex real flavours that overcomes alcohol. Citrus and vanilla aromas. Mint vanilla aftertaste.
Had a 3-year old aged bottle about 7.5 years later and its very mellow and nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin tan head on a very attractive deep amber with red tints body.

S: dried dark fruits, ginger, malts and not too boozy for the style.

T: cabernet red wine notes with dark fruits, malty mustiness, toffee, some toasted malts and brown sugar. booziness is acceptable.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: The right amount of booziness for the style. complex but many of these in the genre are. Not too bad.

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

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Bottled 11/14/12.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's quite strong and boozy in my opinion.

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

definitely one of the better barleywines ive had in a long time, thanks again to thebrewo for this one. it pours an enchantingly deep deep copper to ruby red, with a one inch off white head with excellent retention, especially for the style, which I find generally lacks this quality. its got an interesting nose. first of all, youd never know it was over 10% abv, it smells more gentle than that, nothing harsh at all here. there is some molasses sweetness, a mild but complex spice profile, and a huge grain profile that may even have some rye malt in it. the flavor isn't as sweet as the nose, its more delicate. weird to call a beer this big delicate, but this one somehow is. there are notes of vanilla, butterscotch, clove, and a range of other attributes that make me think this would be an ideal holiday beer. its a little out of place in springtime, but its really delicious. soft feel with relaxed carbonation and a easier drinking medium body. by feel alone, you also wouldn't know this is a barleywine. the alcohol gets more prominent as the beer warms, which is to be anticipated, but it never gets tough to drink or caustic. overall I really enjoyed this, I like that its not super hoppy or super sweet, but maintains the complexity the style is known for. very well made beer here.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was pretty big but settled quickly. The lacing wasn't too bad leaving some bubbles down the glass. The smell of the beer was earthy, toasted and a little sweet. There is a some booze on the nose too. The taste of the beer has a sweet start to it with some burnt bitter flavors in the end, all that mixed with some caramel and booze. The heat on this beer is give the mouthfeel a big warming aspect to it. It's not overly heavy at all but it still feels like a big beer. Overall the beer was pretty good, I'd be willing to drink it again sometime.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea how old this bottle is but I would guess a year or two.

The beer pours a deep red color with some brown foam. The head lingers for a bit and leaves a little lacing. The color and head on this beer are so nice that I would like to give it more points but there was just too much crap swimming around in there. Lots of yeast chunks.

Aroma is very malty and a little of fading hop presence. The malt actually seems like its maturing. This is part of the reason for the first sentence.

The taste is very nice indeed. It tastes aged. The bitterness is mellow and the beer is kind of tangy. Some crystal malt present as well as some fruitiness. Can't find any spices but that may have faded. At this point I don't know whether to call it an old ale or a barleywine.

Body is medium thick with ample carbonation. Again, I would have given more points if it weren't for the yeast chunks. Despit that however, it was very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, toffee and fruits in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell but isn't quite as complex, having mainly flavors of caramel malts and notes to hints of alcohol along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some alcohol warming towards the finish and dryness in the aftertaste.
O: This beer is a good barleywine but seems that the taste really needs some aging to develop the same amount of complexity as the smell.

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

This is a real test for the palate. It has aromas and flavors all over the place. Much like a barleywine, just not quite as strong in malt or hop profile. Colors that display yeast, wheat, barley and darker malts. Flavors of all the dark rich fruits, candies and syrups, spices and herbs, hops and alcohol. I think I even tasted a kitchen sink...It's all in there! But the question is, "how well do the flavors meld together"? For me it's nice, but it's a bit overwhelming, aggressive and abrupt, although I do enjoy it. It will be fun to see how this one ages.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A perfect nightcap, best one at a time.
Allowed to warm to a cool temp., maybe 50-55º.

Pours a deep mahogany, spotty lacing flecks the rim of the glass.

Aroma of burnt malt, caramel, and sweet liqueur.

Taste is rich, toffee and malt mostly. Hops linger in a ghostly bitter finish. What takes centerstage is the velvety butterscotch mouthfeel that wraps you like a blanket with every small sip. Every time I drink one, it takes at least 30 min. to finish. The alcohol is apparent, but well integrated into a heady, intoxicating liquid. Voodoo in a glass...

Can't wait to try one aged in a couple years.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark burgandy color with a small, short-lived, tan head. Left some soapy trails of residue.

S - It smelled of alcohol, caramel and rich malt.

T - It tasted very sweet and of rich caramel malt. The alcohol taste was also quite present.

M - It was very soft and smooth, almost port-like. It was medium to heavy-bodied.

D - This is a great ole ale. I'm glad I grabbed 3.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 11/03/2010. Pours slightly cloudy red orange color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, herbal, raisin, grape, molasses, pine, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, herbal, grape, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, pine, wood, and earth. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, herbal, dark fruit, and molasses for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel. Nice amount of smoothness, but is definitely a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish present. Overall this is a fantastic and complex barleywine. Very smooth and enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy dark amber color and a beige head that leaves lots of lace

Smell: Caramel and earthy hops compete and there is definitely some alcohol on the nose

Taste: Caramel base up front that is joined by a growing earthy bitterness that turns slightly harsh at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Complex ale, with sweet and bitter elements and a long-lasting finish

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (thanks to Hogtownharry for this one): Poured a murky brown color ale with a medium foamy brown head with great retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and light bitter hops is very well balance. Taste is a mixture between dry figs, sweet caramel malt with a nice hops finish that is more subtle then what I was expecting based on some previous rating. Body is full and it seems like the beer had not been filtered, which is always a big plus. Alcohol was well hidden. Overall, this is probably one of the finest American barleywine that I have had the chance to try.

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Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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