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

2,692 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Opaque dark brown, with a one-finger off-white head. Exceptional lacing.

S - Strong aroma of toffee, dried fruit, and brandy. Smells inticing.

T - Rich fusion of candied dried fruit (date, raisin, fig), toffee and caramel. Slightly brandy booziness in the finish. Medicinal/herbal hop esters can be detected along the entire length of the flavor profile if you try. Faintest hint of coconut in the aftertaste. Candied without being cloying. Perfection.

M - Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall feel is satin-y. Very nice.

O - I loved this beer, but full disclosure; toffee and fig type fruits are probably my favorite combination of flavors in a brew. Flavors here blend seemlessly and with great depth. Great to have a high abv ale that is ready to drink NOW, without being overly brash or boozy. Masterfully done. A must try.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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%

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3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely deep amber with a one finger off white head. Leaves spotty lacing.

S - Vanilla, dates, figs, white chocolate, fresh baked cookies.

T - Lots of vanilla, figs, dark cherry, alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Medium oily body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a tasty, heavy offering from Bell's that would do very well with some age.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into sierra nevad tulip. Pours a deep amber brown with thin white sticky lacing. Smells of dried aged fruit...
Nice mellow dried fruity malt mixed with slight hop aftertatse...really intesnse old ale. Really not one to finish the night, but instead its probably one to have a singe of...and call it quits!
Its flavor, in abv, in mouthfeel...its a big beer in a small package. Probably the biggest, tasty-est beer ive had in a 12oz. Nice brew...just clear your plans prior...its a big beer.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fun find at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC. It shows a dark brown color with nice, swirly light-tan head and decent lace. I can smell some alcohol-grass and a tad wheat malt. Nothing too impressive but reasonable. The flavor strikes me at first as being tart. Then I get piney malt with grassy, whiskey malt, Dr Pepper/root beer, and a little boozy. Pretty good. It's medium-light bodied with a crispy feel. It has tiny bubbles, a solid "old ale".

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,692 ratings.
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