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

Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,714 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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +9.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint. Old windy night in NH.

Appearance- Brown/red/amber with light head that left some nice lacing. Very cloudy and dark. No visibility.

Smell- Dark rich fruits. Caramel malts. Light earthy hops. Light coffee. Booze. Barleywine.

Taste- Sweet caramel. Dark fruit. Earthy grassyness. Finishes with great hops. My kind of Barleywine.

Mouthfeel- Thick and moderately heavy. Perfect carbonation. Nice viscosity.

Overall- This is a damn fine barleywine. Glad I got one of these and it's perfect on a night like this.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings
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