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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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
Ranking:
#2,100
Reviews:
1,118
Ratings:
2,764
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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269
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Ratings: 2,764 |  Reviews: 1,118
Photo of Tigerbrau
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soul_Train
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebits
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with a small off white head. Smells of molasses, malt, caramel, and sweetness. Tastes insanely sweet and of, caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla, and light booze. Medium-heavy body with medium-light carbonation. Overall this is a decent barleywine but it’s just way to sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and booze. The taste is similar to the nose.

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

Photo of bef
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of christimm
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (“PKG 09/11/2017”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Cloudy caramel brown with a brief head of khaki foam and light, sudsy lace. Sweet aroma of dried dark fruit and alcohol (rum soaked raisins). Complex flavor with sweet and sour dark fruit (prunes, cherries), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of alcoholic heat. Finishes with herbal, hoppy bitterness. Medium body, creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Big, rich barleywine with healthy hop bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice big beer as a barley wine should be but this one has more hop flavor than I was expecting .. Glad I tried it but there are other that are far more my style . fine brew but hoppy.

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Photo of Roco82
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwarsenal9
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kips
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of csnyder83
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

2012 vintage. Aged nicely. Still plenty of booze in there.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice brew but....I'm curious how these hopped up old ales / barleywines get labeled as such, to me they fit the style known as American Strong Ale like Stone's Arogant Bastard series is considered. Once the bittering hops are introduced the names old ale and barleywine just dont accurately describe what your drinking in my opinion.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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