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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First bottle that I aged myself! 1 year old poured into snifter

A- Pours a deep brown with more head that I would have expected. The head eventually dissipates to a small ring

S- Tons of dark fruits. Literally tons.. Sweet brown sugar and the faintest hint of alcohol. More mellow than I remember it smelling a year ago

T- Smooth buttery figs and other dark fruits. This is very impressive! No alcohol at all on the palate. I dare say its even a little light (in a good way for a 10%+ abv) Nothing coming to mind but silky smooth butter and the dark fruits that have been apparent since I cracked the bottle.

M- Smooth and slick along with being on the lighter side. Really digging this

O- A wonderful experience. I can see myself buying cases of this and Palo Santo down the road and just letting it sit in my cellar

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle of batch 9385 (Oct 2009) pours a ruddy brown color with some sediment and a creamy tan head. Retention and lacing are both excellent for a 3-year old brew.

Nose is mostly toffee, red grapes and alcohol. A slight oxidation has set in, but it seems to have held up pretty well.

Mmmm, tasty caramel with a slightly burnt edge and maybe even a little cocoa mole comes out. A delightful malty treat that stays well away from fact, it really is not all that sweet. There is still some hop bitterness and the alcohol quite drying. I will look out for this next time I am in Bell's distro range, Id love to get a few for the cellar.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10811, 11/28/11

A: Pours dark brown with a good sized tan head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving a thin but unbroken film across the glass.

S: Raisins and caramel. Some toffee. Some fig and maybe a hint of brown sugar?

T: Starts off fruity with that raisin and fig. Loaded with brown sugar, caramel and then toffee towards the finish. Finishes with toffee and maybe some molasses. Fairly dry and bitter finish with just a touch of some earthiness and cocoa. Surprisingly not boozy given the ABV and young age.

M: Fairly heavy and smooth.

O: Not a bad barleywine. Pretty standard with some hoppiness to make it fully american-style. Well balanced but fairly simple.

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