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

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,691
Reviews:
1,099
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
568
For Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,691 |  Reviews: 1,099
Photo of Blackop555
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 2016 vintage. Pours light brown with a good head. Not a lot of lacing but solid pour. Decent nose with fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Tastes similar with caramel base, malt, hints of dried fruits very smooth and full feel. Not watery but not overpowering. Definite bitterness at the finish with alcohol taste present but at the right level.
As others have, I can't wait to try some bottles I have aging. This is one of my favorite beers and seems to get better every time I try it.

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Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

17 month old bottle. Aroma: dark fruit, rum, spices, wood. Taste: a deep complex malty sweetness, tobacco, wood, caramel, earth. Intense bitterness and alcohol burn.

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Photo of micropale
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Detlef90
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been aging a bunch of these so this review is of the 2013. Age does this beer really really well. The older it gets the more complex it becomes. Fresh it's a bit on the hot and bitter side. With a couple of years it mellows and out comes all of the other wonderful flavors. Dried fruits (raisins and dates), molasses, it almost tastes like there is bourbon there (like it was barrel aged, but it was not). Subtle and complex. With age this is one of my favorite beers for sure. It's also easy to get which is a major plus. Bells certainly knows how to make beers that age well. Recommend highly.

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Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lloydboss
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed October 2015, enjoyed February 2017

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on October 2nd 2015.

L: Hazy Amber, finger width tan head. Decent retention. Small amounts of lacing.

S: Sherry and figs, Apples.

T: Rich caramel malts, dried fruits like apricots, figs, hop bitterness shows through to keep it balanced. Bit of dark chocolate at the end. Tasty!

F: Medium-Heavy, creamy and smooth, semi-dry.

O: Wow. New to me powerhouse brew from Bell's. Excellent.

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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012!
Pours dark brown with a 1/2 in opaque/dirty white head that quickly bubbles leaving a collar

Sniffer picks up caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, spice, but of licorice

Palate reads raisins, alcohol, malts, stone fruits. Large gulps pickup a big amount of alcohol.smooth

Can deffinetly taste the aging! I'll deffinetly let my other three bottles age a few more years though

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bf7
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,691 ratings.
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