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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,724 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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Ratings: 2,724 |  Reviews: 1,109
Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel, toffee and fruits in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell but isn't quite as complex, having mainly flavors of caramel malts and notes to hints of alcohol along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some alcohol warming towards the finish and dryness in the aftertaste.
O: This beer is a good barleywine but seems that the taste really needs some aging to develop the same amount of complexity as the smell.

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Photo of kevinthedriven
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of lurpy1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has very quietly become one of my go-to beers in Michigan. Smell is probably the weak suit, I get a little booze and a lot of malt,but the flavor comes over you in waves. Fruit, malt, alcohol and caramel take turns tagging in. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style, nearly devoid of carbonation and very smooth going down. I could drink this over and over. And I'd give up an ear to try this bourbon aged.

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Photo of Megahertz
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. Batch 11,400 Packaged 10/12/12.

A - Deep brown with red highlights, hazy. Moderate head. Wanted more foam!

S - Complex; cinnamon, plum & raisin. Faint cherry. A different type of complexity than belgian ales - seems cleaner.

T - Deep dark stonefruits with an almost smokey background note. Extremely complex and multi-layered. Finish is surprisingly hoppy with a distinct resiny note. Becomes warming very quickly, but far from hot alcohols.

M - Heavy body with mild carbonation. Creamy.

O - This got better and better as time went on. An intense experience.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. PKGD 04/06/12.

A: Pours a cloudy light ruby with a one finger slightly yellowed head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the body.

S: A boozy sweet malty brew with a bit of spiciness in the back end. I get a faint orange aroma

T: Very balanced flavor for such a malty beer. There is plenty of malt in the front, some hops bitter it up but certainly ends in a lingering malt. Slight bit of booze but well hidden. Can get a dark fruitiness as well as a sweet carmel.

M: Smooth and creamy body. Low carbonation. Isn't too hot considering the ABV.

Overall a real good barleywine here. Everything I've tried from this brewery has been great. Would recommend this in a second and wish I could age a bottle. Higher overall to account for taste bering above 4.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of jlindsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of alex021224
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Raime
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 strong....in 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of NickyDee21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,724 ratings
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