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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,745 Ratings
Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Bell's tulip. Full two finger thick head that is marsh mellow white. The head falls into a layer over the beer. Very dark ruby color. Light doesn't make it through easily, had to see the layering of colors by holding it up to light. Lacing is full and covers the sides of the glass after the first few sips.

Dark brown sugar flavors with some plum and date dark fruit.

Full flavored dark fruits, malty sweetness and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is very rich and thick. Small bubbles create a fluffy mouthfeel. Only a little fizzy bite.

Overall I think this is a very good barleywine, very fruity, slightly sweet. The alcohol isn't too strong even though it was bottled at the beginning of April, well balanced.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a tawny, completely opaque medium brown infused with a mahogany tint. It pours into the glass with not quite RIS-like viscosity, but plenty of it regardless. It looks like a big, robust Old Ale, the way it should be. There's a compact, small but very tight head of tan foam that, while not rising past half a finger in height, never moves once it's settled, which is almost immediately upon being poured. It leaves thick, creamy, steady patches and rings of lacing on the walls of the glass as it recedes.
The smell reminds me strongly of something like a toasted barley-based bread complemented by strong notes of fig and some caramel, but without a lot of sweetness (though there is some). It has as much spiciness as I'd expect a beer with rye in it to show, though I know it has none.
Big and bready in the flavor as well, a bit of sweetness is tasted in some dark fruits and what reminds me of candied fig, but as though someone baked them into a hearty bread. Caramel is clearly tasted as well. While touted as an American style Barleywine, hops take a back seat to the malt, but I believe they're used in appropriate levels. They give off floral notes with just a light pith underneath. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, and well integrated.
With moderate viscosity and steady carbonation, this full-bodied brew is a sipper, but never overly cloying on the tongue or in the throat. It has a soft creaminess to it and a good bit of crispness.
I can see how aging this beer could bring out some intricacies and allow it to develop its complexities. It's very good fresh as well, though.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,745 ratings
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