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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date 8/20/12

A: much darker body than i was expecting. very dark brown and even has a slight dark purple tint to it. backlit shows ruby tones coming through. the pour created a nice thick fingers worth of head, and the lacing was quite nice. alcohol legs definitely evident as well. nice appearance all the way around

S: toffee, bready notes. alcohol soaked dark fruits in the form of raisins, berries, and possibly plum?, hints of grassy hops, slight alcohol presence, touch of vanilla. nice balance.

T: big caramel sweetness comes through here (as it should). dark fruits start coming into the picture during the middle of the body further elevating the sweetness and the finish is creamy. during the after taste, the bitter hops come into the picture and it lingers through until the next sip. i have mixed feeling about this lingering hop bitterness as i feel on one hand its a nice addition to an the beer and bring more creativity. on the other hand, the sweetness that initially began on the palate is completely destroyed.

M: higher side of medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation, and as stated leaves a big bitter hop profile on the palate.

O: definitely have mixed feelings about this brew. i enjoy hops but feel that it overwhelms the beer during the aftertaste

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights shining through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is little lacing a thickness can be seen when swirling in the glass as the brew clings to the side leaving a fast dissipating foam on the glass once the liquid recedes.

Smell – The aroma is malty and fruity with a big malty bread smell mixed with lots of darker fruits. The darker fruits are mainly of a plum, prune, raisin and fig aroma brining a rather sweeter smell to the brew. While the fruit brings a sweetness some hop of an earthy and herbal nature along with a boozy rum smell help balance the aroma creating a warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother bready and slightly fruit flavors taste. The fruit is of the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. While the nose was rather heavy overall in the sweeter fruit, the taste was not but instead was heavier on the bready tastes upfront. As the taste advances the breadiness remains the same in intensity, but the fruity flavors dwindle some. As this occurs some spice flavors of nutmeg and clove come to the tongue along with some earthy bitter hop and a moderately strong rum flavor. The rum and hop get stronger more toward the end and when combined with the now lighter fruit and bready flavor create a moderately bitter and rummy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on quite low. Both work in concert to create a mouth coating feel bringing all the drier, slightly earthy, malty and boozier flavor to linger on the tongue creating a very warming feel.

Overall – A barley that is a bit on the drier and more bitter side with a big warming and slow drinking style. This one is nice to sit down with for a long haul.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a. Nice and dark with a faint head.
s. small of malts. I really like the smell of this beer.
t. strong malts with a nice hop taste.
m. nice and creamy.
o. a really exceptional beer, It really masks it is a high powered ale.

poured in a tulip glass.

date on bottle 4/6/2013.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,764 ratings