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

Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,714 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 AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Good head fades and leaves some lace. Murky brown. Opaque; interesting. Some lacing.

S: Ginger (thanks to meerkey for identifying it). Tart. White grapes. Nice.

T: It tastes like Christmas. Peppermint bark? No. Meerkey nails it: gingerbread. Malty-robust with lots of alcoholic sugars. Mmm. Very interesting Old Ale. Quite strong, but enjoyable.

M: Strong -- not immense, but subtly excellent. Spicy (gingery) and full of sweet flavour.

O: Good, and *very* interesting. Worthwhile. Will try again. Recommended.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to both Chris and Trevor for this jem of a beer that I have poured into a beer glass infront of me!

Vintage 2006!!!!

Batch 7236. Bottled February 6th 2006!

poured into an oversized snifter. Gentle pour left about one oz of beer in the bottle to keep the sediment out of the beer for the review. I will save that last sip for later!

Appearance: medium brown to dark amber colored beer with a solid one finger of off white head. It drops to a thin cap with a few big bubbles randomly sitting on top the beer. Got some fine floaty chunks in this beer, but that to be expected. Sexy lookn beer!

Smell: The hops are almost nonexistant which is to be expected from a beer thats 5 to 6 years old! Sweet, rich, boozey, caramel and toffee. Fusel alcohol thats also a bit spicy. WOW!

Taste: This is the weakest component of this beer, but its still a mighty tasty brew. The hops start off the beer with an earthy and spicy note. its quickly get overtaken by huge malty profile thats just a beast! Big caramel, honey, and candied sugar notes. A little bit of dark fruits show themselves in the form of raisins and figs. Practically no booziness from this beer. Finishes with a mild earthy bitterness and astrigency, but the sweet malts overtake everything else in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. The carbonation makes this beer really smooth and creamy; it also gives this beer amazing dangerous drinkability for such a malty monster that this beer is! No harshness from this beer at all. Its balanced, its mellow and its so robust and flavorful.

Overall: First of all I gotta say I dislike most american barleywines; English barleywines are hands down what I prefer when I drink a barleywine. But this American style barleywine is crazy good with alot of age on it. Its drinking phenominally right now, but it could still be cellared for longer with the carbonation holding solid! Put a 6 pack away for 5 years and you will be amazed by this beer. I gotta try it fresh for comparision, since I have not tried this beer fresh yet. With this beer and Expedition Stout I am beginging to think that Bells makes some serious cellar beers; I am going to personally look into this further!

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Photo of Anything
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Bell's.

This had a deep amber color as is traditional with Barleywines and it had a little bit of head.

A strong amount of caramel, hops and dark fruit permeated the aroma, it's a pretty standard smell for this style, but it's still very appealing.

The taste had the same hop, caramel and dark fruit combination with a strong malt background that brought all the flavors together.

This was very very easy to drink despite the alcohol and it was perfect at about 55 degrees. Would get again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Bell's. I started with Two Hearted, and now I am enjoying my drinking through the catalogue. Too bad they don't distribute to New Jersey. Please come to NJ; I'll support you. I promise.

I also love barleywines.

I poured this beer into a tulip. It is a toffee red color. It looks very good under the light. There was minimal foam, but whatever foam was present was very sticky. This led to some very nice lacing.

The smell provides some very strong venous presence. It is a very good example for how an old ale should smell.

The taste was sticky and sweet. I know that sticky isn't a taste, but I would call this taste "sticky." It lingers nicely on the pallatte. The alcohol flavor stays in my mouth.

North Coast is a great sipper. It is a premium beer from a premium brand/brewery.

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Photo of Jose2412
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mjpolzin
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have developed an affection for barleywines this winter so I expected to like this beer. My top rated beer on this site though is a barleywine (Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleyine) so it makes it tough for other barleywines to rank really high with me.

The appearance was of a lot darker colored beer than what I expected. It almost looked like a dark ale.

I didn't get much smell at first although I have had a cold so it may be me and not the beer that is responsible for this. As it warmed though, I got a strong alcohol smell as well as some fruits.

The taste consisted of fruit, alcoholic bite, malts, sweet candy and a bitter, hoppy taste on the finish. A nice complex beer.

Nothing too special on the mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid barleywine but not as great as my favorite barleywine.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 11/03/2010. Pours slightly cloudy red orange color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, herbal, raisin, grape, molasses, pine, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, herbal, grape, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, pine, wood, and earth. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, herbal, dark fruit, and molasses for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel. Nice amount of smoothness, but is definitely a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish present. Overall this is a fantastic and complex barleywine. Very smooth and enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Pat316
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, almost-cola brown. It has a foamy, tan head, with very nice lacing.

Nose is cinnamon sugar, dark malt, black pepper, grape, and oak.

Taste is fig, grape, banana, dark chocolate, biscuit cookies, with an alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with light carbonation. Not much alcohol bite for its 10% ABV. It is actually quite refreshing.

Overall, it is a great execution of restraint. It is filled with bold flavors that never overwhelm.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of halfP1NT
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Murky mahogany in color. No head to speak of despite an aggressive pour. Not much carbonation apparent.

Aroma is juicy; dark fruits, cherry, raisin, plum & fig. Sweet and a little bready. I let this one warm up a little out of the fridge before I poured it so the aroma was opened up immediately.

Sweet, dark malts, candi sugar and dark fruit dominate the palate. Same fruits as in aroma. Big boozy finish. Little to no hops presence. Alcohol lingers in the back of the throat and helps balance out the malty sweetness.

Little to no carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little slick and syrupy. Still a delicious, boozy beer.

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Photo of cluth
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings
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