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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
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
Ratings:
2,693
Reviews:
1,101
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
568
For Trade:
25
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of emyers
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 4/6/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with a thin beige head.

Smell: Strong caramel and toffee notes with figs and a bit of oak. Clean, classic aroma for the style.

Taste: The fig, raisin, and oak notes are stronger here. Caramel and toffee both come through very nicely as well. Finish is fairly bittersweet. The bittering hops do an nice job of keeping the sweetness in check. There's even a little bit of piney hop flavor that sneaks in on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel going down. Very nice.

Overall: This beer pretty much represents everything I expect an old ale to be. While it won't blow you away, it's a great representation of the style, and I'll keep picking up a sixer every year.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of AmitC
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/6/2012. So almost a year old beer.

Poured into a snifter. No head. Almost brown color with some ruby hues. Decent lacing. Almost opaque as such, with some translucency in light. No bubbles. Calm.

A lot of malts upfront. Caramel. Bready and sweet. Np alcohol as such. Some fruity esters. Low to none hops in the nose.

Taste is full of malt with very very slight hop bitterness, almost hidden, towards the end. Well this could be an old ale but neither seems to be an American or English Barleywine. No. A lot of caramel flavor and some hop mixed malt flavor. Finish is almost dry with just hint of bitterness which i am just giving to the beer.

Mouth feel is slightly full bodied with some maltiness. Low to non existent carbonation. A good amount of alcohol warmth but no at all boozy.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Deep ruby auburn color with a thin line of egg shell colored head.

S. figs, malty, big whiff of fruit, caramel, dough, slightly boozy.

T. Malt forward, big and rich fruity flavors: figs, dates, dried raisins, a slight bitter finish to balance it out. Heavy and syrupy mouth feel. Has a warming alcoholic pinch as you drink it.

O. A well crafted barley wine. This is a definition of a sipper and only gets better as the brew warms. I will definitely cellar one and try this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov. 3, 2010. Thanks Jayhoop for this nicely aged treat!

Appearance. Pours a super deep amber-brown with a bunch of haze and a thin off-white head.

Smell. Rich, sweet, grainy caramel malt. There's some orchard and dark fruits, a little brown sugar, and a decent amount of booze.

Taste. Sweet caramel, black licorice, some bitter earthy hops, a little dark fruit and some bitter wood.

Mouthfeel. Very full, warm, and mildly carbonated

.Overall. A nice big beer that I could imagine would improve with age.

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been in. the fridge a couple years.

Pours a brilliant deep amber with a foamy quarter inch deep khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing and a layer of light foam.

Deeply caramelized malt, toffee, dark berries, plums, figs, and raisins form the aroma. Notes of sherry and tobacco add intrigue.

Flavor is decidedly sweet, almost cloying until the dark fruit and bready malt kick in mid palate, leading to a slightly dry and bitter finish. Malt backbone is extremely rich, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Raisins, figs, and sherry at the base if the flavor increase the brew's complexity. A hint of chocolate becomes evident as it warms.

Body is a touch full and fairly creamy, with enough carbonation to lighten the profile. Significant alcohol warmth is present.

Very complex beer. Nice balance of extremes. Sweet, hot, bitter, fruity. But not really favoring one direction over the other.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 10492, bottled April 6, 2012.

Browned burgundy, with a cream coloured cap. Film of retention and light lacing. Nose of some dark fruits, syrup, candy and caramel. Light toastiness. Taste reveals a load of caramel, dark breads, some hops, grapes/plums, alcohol warmth and a tad more syrup. Medium full body, warming on the palate. Full thick and perfect for a cold winter's eve.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,693 ratings.
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