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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is that muddy brown you expect from barleywines. Almost no head and no carbonation. Like I was scared when I poured it into my snifter.

Smell is more on the dark fruits than other barleywines. ALmost leaning toward the fruits in a Belgian Quad. Dry grains accent the fruits nicely, but it smells so sweet.

Now that is a balanced beer! The dry grains are the most noticeable feature. It is soo thick and heavy, yet drinkable. I still feel the dried barley alot.

Dried hops come in, and are mostly an afterthought. They still could use a bit more things.

This might be the best Barleywine ive had.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle - 2010 vintage - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Slightly Hazy copper/brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for a long time.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, leather, alcohol

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some raisins. There is also some notes of butter and chocolate and a bit of a herbal taste. I can pick up on the booze, but only slightly. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste that is quite smooth.. only a hint of bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one and I'm guessing that the age really helped it. It was incredibly smooth and it didn't taste anywhere near the 10% alcohol mark. I wish I had more..

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Notes are from a vertical tasting (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Deep rust colored, clear with sediment settled at the bottom, thick and viscous looking with a small bubbly head. The aroma is typical strong ale. The oldest one seemed to be oxidized when cold but improved with temperature. Strong notes of grain, general sweetness, dried fruit and some alcohol. The alcohol is soft and sweet, not harsh and fusel.

Strong bitterness that clearly falls with age, dried fruit flavors, flavors from hops (not pine/citrus though), and supporting sweetness. Nothing outstanding. Between the group, everyone seemed to prefer it fresher, and the freshest too was just an above average beer. Mouthfeel was alright for it's kind, but the beer was not remarkable.

4, 4, 4, 4.5, 3

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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