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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: rich brown color with lighter highlights and a large tan head. The head stayed for the glass, though it dissipated a bit as it went.

S: caramel, apple, sweet roasted malt

T: tastes of caramel, some sour fruit like apple, yeast and hops bitterness/spice, some booze

M: beautifully creamy and thick, but has a sharpness from the medium carbonation and booze

O: drinkable for a bottle at least, this is an awesome beer. It lacks some flavors/smells that I like in a barleywine, but it's interesting with the apple.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass; this bottling is less than a year old. Liquor is a nice ruby/dark amber, forming a two inch ivory head that slowly fades into a ring with a bead. There's a fair bit of lacing. Fairly high carbonation seems evident. On the nose I find currant, raspberry, and caramel, all of which play prominent roles in the flavor as well. The flavor finishes with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is slick, but with lots of tingly carbonation.

This is an excellent barleywine; it tastes more English than American, and the hoppiness is balanced with the malt very well. I really wish I had several bottles of this to sample annually.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Fresh 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Deep and very cloudy brownish amber orange. Looks a lot like sweet tea. Decent two finger off white head that quickly fades into a small thin patch. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet lightly roasted caramel malts with lots of toffee. Has some hints of brown sugar, oak, molasses, and dark fruits including plums, figs, and raisins. Also some light hints of hops and alcohol. Very bready and sweet overall.

Taste: Big bready taste upfront of caramel and toffee from malts that are lightly roasted. Midway come the dark fruits with notes of raisins, plums, and figs. Lots of brown sugar and molasses with light hints of wood and oak chips. A mild presence of earthy hops comes towards the end and provides some nice countering bitterness to all of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and somewhat sticky and syrupy. Alcohol presence is noticeable but very mild.

Overall: A very tasty Old Ale that is surprisingly very smooth considering how fresh this is. It will be interesting to see what can be gained by aging a few bottles.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,764 ratings