Third Coast Old Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,759 Ratings
Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,759 |  Reviews: 1,118
Photo of pigc
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a slight hint of ruby red color. Two finger foam head with fairly aggressive pour.

S - Dark candied fruit, plum, fig, sweet alcohol.

T - Sweet molasses, raisin, dates, rum up front followed by a slight alcohol heat and a semi bitter dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy. Coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation seems to be on par.

O - This a very good cold weather beer. A nice, solid, slow sipping barleywine.

 438 characters

Photo of Egor1020
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bnes09
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almond brown color and mostly opaque. Weak head with a few lace dots. Large yeast flakes suspended in the liquid.

Sweet aroma of dark fruits and caramel with a hint of alcohol.

Complex sweetness involving cherries, figs and molasses set against a mild, earthy hop bitterness. Roasted malt comes to life reminding me of wheat toast and almonds. Finishes on the tart end but seems to be fitting.

Full-bodied for sure. Not sticky or syrupy. Dryish in the end. Warming from the alcohol.

I like this beer. Good depth and complexity while still maintaining drinkability with a high abv. Well done.

 595 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and mysterious shade of tawny garnet with hints of tightly wrapped tan bubbles that melt like an April snow. Aromas of dark fruit salad dredged in caramel and dark sugar then soaked in vodka. Hits of floral and earthy hops vainly try to cut through the malty sweetness. Flavors explode with sweet sugary dark fruits, caramel, cherries, plums, and a hint of alcohol and earthy hop flavor. Medium to dry finish in an otherwise full body. Light level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. This is a really nice barleywine, I wish I had picked up more than one because I think a bit of age would have only made this better.

 647 characters

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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...

 811 characters

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Brutesling57
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.

 688 characters

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HopJack
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of seeswo
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.

 842 characters

Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of msuspartan22
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of page101
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.

 604 characters

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,759 ratings