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

Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
2,712 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 leftmindedrighty
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 7800, bottled 1-31-2007. Opened and reviewed 12-3-11

Bottle was wax dipped upon purchase in 2007

Aroma- Tons of fig and raison, oxidation (wet paper, musty)

Taste- Heavy fig and raison, just like the nose. No hop presence. Very malty, bordering on sweet flavor. Big notes of oxidation, but it works well with the dark caramel body. Light plum and some dried apricot come through as well.

Overall- This almost 5 year old beer has held up awesome. One of the best Barleywines I've ever had. Love the play of oxidation on this one. If the body were lighter, the wet paper flavors would have nothing to bounce off of. Beautiful.

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Photo of cmsimeur
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Schneic8
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Bottled on 11/7/11.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with off white head. There appears to be little carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruit scents. I get some caramelized sugar, peach, and sweet apples. Very appealing.

Taste: Initially, more sweet than I was expecting. Definitely get the flavors of the dark fruits and caramel. I can taste the alcohol, leaving a slight taste, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creaminess that sits well. It seems to be quite heavy and dense. Has a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. I don't think I have every tried this style before and I am not sure what I think. It was initially too sweet for my liking. The ABV is also a little too strong for me taste. I would like to try other varieties of this style.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Jaycase
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: dark raisin, figish color. occasional bubbles floating to the surface like stars racing across the sky.

s: Caramelized malts predominantly. Dark fruits. Sweet aroma to it. Alcohol present too.

t: Starts out caramel malts with a bit of a burnt flavor. Sweetness kicks in mixed with some alcohol. Finishes with a nice touch of bitterness.

m: Medium body, low to medium carbonation. A bit of chewiness to it. Nicely drinkable.

o: Another solid offering from Bell's. Incredibly drinkable given the abv. Drinks great fresh. Can't wait to age a few of these and see how they mature.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby/Dark Amber in colour. Minimal head and lacing.

S - Dark fruits and caramel sweetness, malts.

T - Caramel sweetness that is offset by ripened dark fruits. Definite hop bitterness in the finish that provides a bitter edge to the lingering dark fruit. The palate is pretty simple but very powerful, the aftertaste from one sip will last for several minutes. Alcohol is masked beautifully, doesn't come through in the taste at all aside from giving the body a heavier feel.

M/D - Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth going down. Nice drinkability, but a slow sipper.

O - Great barleywine, heavy-hitting flavour that lasts.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of AceMan
3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Marty30
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. 55 degrees,batch number 9958.

A. Pours a dark brown,leaves behind a one inch creamy tan head. Lots of floaties all through the beer. Some spotty lacing.

S. Smells of rich sweet dark fruits.I am getting some caramal and toffe in the end.

T. Follows the smell, Sweet ripe dark fruits and caramal,toffee brown sugar.

M. Feel is heavy and thick just the way it should be. Great carb for the style,Not to much but noticable.

Overall a well crafted barleywine I am glad I bought a whole case. I recommend.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,712 ratings
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