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

2,697 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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GR_Rick
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark reddish/copper coloring with a decent head. Very nice looking beer.

S: Smelled sweet, with some hop/bitterness in the nose.

T: Was going good until here - a little sweet for my liking. Too much caramel/molasses. Decently balanced, with a bit of bitterness, and a nice hit of alcohol (which I like in a high ABV beer).

M: Full body and thick mouthfeel, which I normally like. I like my stouts thick, but anything else I like just a bit thinner bodied.

O: Pretty decent beer overall, just too sweet and heavy for my liking. Could be a good example of the style (this is my first barleywine), but I'm not a fan. I may try again just because it's a local brew that's highly regarded, but my first taste didn't make me an immediate fan.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber-brown color with a half-finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of rich sweet caramelized malts, with some dark fruits, molasses, other dark malts, a bit of light fruit, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized sugars and caramel malts with some molasses and some raisin and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some more dark caramel malt flavor comes through with some light fruits and some citrus hops. The finish is a mix of caramelized malts and residual sugars with some dark fruit, a bit of citrus hop, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice American Barleywine with a really great malt profile and enough body to balance things out.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast Old Ale pours a cloudy dark amber color, with a very small lacing head. There is a nice mellow rich sweet fruit like aroma. The taste is strong sharp initial bite, with sweet wine like flavors, and then finishes dry, with a strong oak like flavor. Good complex, and strong flavor. Overall this barleywine doesn't disappoint, good full flavor, enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to RyanMcFly1985. Poured into CCB snifter. Not sure the age since no bottle date.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark reddish brown. Average to slightly above average carbonation, pretty much no head.

S- Bready malts, caramel, spices, some light fruits.

T- Bready/biscuity malts, caramel, apples, some other fruity flavors. Bready malts definitely the most prevalent.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, goes down very easily, not much alcoholic burn, not syrupy at all.

O- Barleywines usually aren't my favorite style, but I definitely enjoyed this one. Had a nice balance between the bready malts and caramel/slight fruity flavors. Alcohol very well hidden for a 10.2% barely wine, also not syrupy. The problem I have with most barleywines is that they are too syrupy and too boozey. This definitely doesn't encounter either of those problems. Definitely recommend trying it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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