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

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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 - 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

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is caramel. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is butterscotch, 1/2 in, dissipates to the outsides of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big maltiness, sweet dark fruit and caramel, a touch of hops.

T: Hops are the first thing that hit my palate, a splash of bitterness, followed by a malty base and a touch of caramel sweetness and dark fruit, then alcohol. Aftertaste is hop bitterness, a coating of malt, and alcohol.

F: Medium body. Bitter hop notes create a shocking sensation on the palate, but the malt and alcohol cover that up and coat the palate. Finishes semi wet.

O: Interesting. At first, this barleywine comes off quite hoppy for the style, but after the first few sips, the maltiness and sweetness really coat the palate and the hops fall to the back. I didn't really like it at first, but after the first few sips I really started to appreciate the complexity displayed in this beer. I may buy a few bottles to age and would not turn this down if offered.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, batch 9358 putting this at circa '09. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that shows some clarity despite some yeast particulate making it's way into the glass. Streaming bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin lace of tan across the top. A light swirl revives a finger of tan head that produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is like dried fruits soaked in alcohol. A little nutty mixed with toffee, molasses and dark fruits like plum or raisins. Towards the back is an herbal hop element that rounds out the nose in a pleasant way. As it warms up, there is a bit of chocolate that comes forward along with a very slight edge of licorice.

The taste is a mixture of dark fruity warming alcohol, herbal hops and toffee-like grain sweetness that is somewhat burnt like molasses. The dark fruity sweetness is all upfront with a raisin flavoring that melds into herbal hops and the warming alcohol that glides down the back of the throat. The alcohol is present more with a warmth and not with any solvent or fusel inclusion which is very pleasant.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a pretty solid take on the old ale style that is not as sweet as some others I have had. For 10% abv it is fairly well integrated and overall has a pleasant arrangement of flavors. Worth giving a try if you get the chance.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9970 (11/2010)

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter (1/2012)

A: Kind of a dull golden/copper color stream coming out of the bottle. In the glass, it has a dull, murky rust brown color with a hint of ruby. Small off-white head. It just looks like what I think an old ale should look like-I could see this coming out of a dusty 30-year old bottle.

S: Toffee and caramel with a hint of fruitiness (dates?) and some vague spiciness. Alcohol is present, but barely.

T: Just like the smell, but with a substantial earthy tea-like bitterness, a hint of grapefruit rind, and a bit more alcohol than in the nose. Just the slightest hint of cocoa powder (so slight it took me half the glass to even notice it).

M: Perfect thickness-full bodied without being too syrupy. Could use a touch less carbonation, as it highlights the bitterness and alcohol a bit too much, but that's just me being nit-picky.

O: A good beer overall, but I think it might be in the "awkward stage". This could be great when the flavors meld a bit more and mellow out (fortunately, I've got another bottle to hold on to for another year or two). It might also be a bit better as a young, brash beer with somewhat bolder flavors. As it is, the sum of this beer is somehow just a little less than the sum of its parts. Still good, though, and I can't wait to try it with a bit more age!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11-7-11---Label date
A-Copper Haze is best description with only hints of light showing through the haze. Medium carbonation and poured into a glass with a one finger head that dissipates, but hangs around the glass until the last bit.

S-Initial Dark fruit (plum/dark cherry) backed by candy like sweetness smell. Until taste one wonders if hops are even in this brew. This smells like a wine and makes one want to pair with a good pungent cheese.

T-Fantastic! Initial bitterness followed by sweet fruits finishing with caramel malty goodness. Final tinge of balanced hoppy-bitterness that sits on tongue along with sweet malt. Truly a delicious balanced Barley-wine.

M-Approaching a thick stout chewiness, but not overboard.

Overall a fantastic Barley Wine. I am going to cellar and try at 5 years and 10 years to see how it ages.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled 9-14-11

A: Pours a dark, somewhat hazy brown. There is a orange-tinted tan head of just over one finger which leaves solid lacing.

S: The most prominent smell is that of dark fruit. Raisins and plum, almost like a Belgian quad. Very sweet. There is a slight note of alcohol which increases as the beer warms.

T: The taste is sweet and fruity, much like the smell. Dark fruit permeates the entire sip. There are some dry grains here which provide excellent balance for the various sweet malt flavors. Alcohol is hardly noticeable but, as with the smell, increases as the beer warms. In the background are a bit of caramel and some mild hop bitterness.

M: Fairly thick and not very carbonated.

O: A very sweet although expertly balance barleywine. Very fruity.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,757 ratings