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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

I poured this one into a tulip

Appearance- This one has a very dark brown and ruddy body. The head was at about a finger before almost completely disappearing.

Smell- Toffee character and some fruitiness, this is a good start! There is also a little grape and boiled apple. A barleywine could certainly be more complex than this, but still decent.

Taste- No surprise that this 2011 vintage has a very hoppy back bone. It tilts toward the piney and slightly citrus end of the spectrum. The malty and dark fruit characteristics do come into play, which is a great relief.

However, it is not overly sweet, more bitter and toasty. The finish plays around with a little earthy hop character as well. I really wish the fruitiness and toffee malts were bigger.

Mouth feel- It starts to become old hat, but Bell's always has a great feel to it. For a barleywine, it is really chewy and very smooth, rolling over the tongue. A great pleasure to drink for sure.

Overall- It is not much to look at, and the nose is a little one-diemensional for a barleywine, but it tastes good and feels even better. With some age, I suspect the malty and fruity characteristics will really start to show.

And that is what this barleywine really needs.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,690 ratings.
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