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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
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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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Photo of Schimms
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cellared for about 4 years. I gave this a 4.75 when it when we were both younger. I am a big fan of this beer. Now for the cellared...

L: Poured into a large snifter - ruddy brown. Yeast sediment just hangs around. No head. None. No lacing. None of that bothers me, though.

S: Sweet dates and raisins, caramel. Slight alcohol.

T: Stronger dates and raisins. Very juicy. Slight bitterness. Good balance of stated flavors.

F: Mild alcohol burn. Light carbonation that tickles. Thicker body than I remember - part of the evolution?

O: Remains a great beer. Don't think my opinion has changed. I don't feel like there are many differences. But, it still tastes world class. Each year I buy a sixer and have one that I've cellared for a while. Maybe I should have had a junior first...

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single for $2… I’ve been on a barleywine kick lately.

A – Slightly opaque deep copper-colored body with a ¼” yellow- white head which remained until the last drop. There’s a good amount of lacing sticking to the edge of the glass.

S – Sweet malt, caramelized sugar, raisons, and maybe green grapes.

T – A bit boozy… Big caramel flavor, the alcohol brings some spicy notes. It finishes nicely with big sweet malt and plump fruit.

M – Velvety smooth body with an alcohol burn. Slightly syrupy.

O – I’d like to revisit this brew with a bit of age on it. It’s good, but I beat it is much better after a year or two. A nice brew for cold winter’s day.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12Oz poured into a pint glass.
My first barleywine

A- Murky dark orange with almost no head. Lots of little particles of who knows what floating around in there.
S- Smells extremely sugary. Lots and lots of caramel smells. Dark fruits and molasses.
T- Whew, its like drinking caramel but in a good way. Lots of earthy malts and nut flavors that somewhat remind me of a brown. Alcohol, but not too much. Lots of complex caramels that are different with every sip. Dark fruits like figs are ever present in here. No hop character but good bitterness.
M- This is a pretty big and heavy beer but not as bad as I was expecting. Very warming but at 10.2%, i figured as much. Not too hard to get down and no bad sticky mouth. pleasant aftertaste.
O- A really good beer and im glad I finally got around to trying a barley wine. Pretty impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/28/11

A: Dark brown, with some reddish hues to it. Small light tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of semi sweet toffee malt and brown sugar. There is a bitter earthiness to it as well in the background.

T: Rich carmel and molasses up front. Hints of figs. Then the earthy/malty bitterness comes up. Finish is somewhat boozy. Has that earthy bitterness bite in the finish that is a little harsh.

M: Medium to fuller body. Nice and soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not bad, not great by any means. That earthy bitterness is a little too harsh at times. Would like to try this with some age on it.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick brown pour with a light tan head. Head faded pretty quickly.

S: Nice. Sweet with some raisin and plum notes. I get some caramel, molasses and malts in the back with a hint of hops.

T: Initial taste was more bitter than I expected. Definitely has some hops up front. Taste keeps getting better. Nice caramel and hop balance. A little boozy, but well balanced.

M: Dry mouth with minimal carbonation

O: Overall I like this. Drank it too early I know, but I put some back for aging.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,752 ratings