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

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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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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

Appearance is deep amber in color, clear with off white head. Minimal lacing, legs indicative of the abv %

Aroma is complex, and layered with decadent pheromones. Sherry, oak, cherry, caramel, vanilla, leather and tobacco qualities all synthesize in one fantastic aroma.

Palate starts off caramel sweetness & lends to the aforementioned flavor characters. Sherry & cherry, near fruitcake flavors come in mid-palate and end in a somewhat oaky and booze filled finish.

Feel is soft up front with a slight bitterness, but balanced in the finish with a slightly dry and more of a bittering draw. Carbonation is right on point.

Literally, cannot find a fault in this old ale. I'm reviewing it to Old Ale style characters, as I don't think it resembles an American Barleywine.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottled on 11/07/11 and enjoyed a little over a year later, on 12/25/12.

I’m eager to try it with some time on it.

The beer pours a malty caramel color with light foam. I’m drooling already!

It has a simply amazing aroma to boot—I pick up on a combination of coconut—raw and toasted— and toffee. In the absence of a noticeable hop presence I find a light orange marmalade note to it.

The flavor still has a piney bitterness to it that comes across upfront. It’s sweet and chewy with a lingering bitterness on the finish. I get some more toasted coconut & caramel & pine & some orange marmalade notes on the palate. Somewhere I think there’s even hints of tobacco and leather as it warms and opens. Simply fantastic brew. Remained nice and effervescent even after a year. Really solid beer—this sets the benchmark even higher.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Bottled 11/14/12.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's quite strong and boozy in my opinion.

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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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