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:
#3,734
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
2,772
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,772 |  Reviews: 1,124
Photo of boogerisu
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Bine and Vine in San Diego. 2015 version.
Look: dark brownish, with a good amount of head at first but dissipated quickly, a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: full of molasses, sweet maltiness.
Taste: the massive molasses sweetness hit you right at the beginning. However, quite a dry finish as the hoppiness took over. Very herbal.
Feel: full body, viscous, chewy.

An excellent brew, even if it's not in the most attractive bottle there is. I'd recommend this to anyone!

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jake-northrup
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful old ale pours a dark, dark, caramel brown with almost no head. The nose is overly rich, and filled with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and maple syrup. The taste is phenomenal, the brew washes over the tongue with rich caramel, dark chocolate, tons of brown sugar, and rich bourbon marasca cherries. The feel is great, very rich and not overly carbonated. For a 10.2% brew, this is relentlessly smooth and rich. No lingering alcohol, or astringency. This is an awesome example of a great barleywine, produced by one of my favorites breweries.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle dated 9/11/17 into a tulip glass. This beer pours out a raisin color. It formed a thin tan crown that reduced to an outer ring in a minute or two. A lot of sediment floating throughout which makes this beer look thick and chewy. The smell is a wonderful mix of fruits and sweetnesses with an alcohol presence warming the nose. The taste comes in strong with the alcohol presence but does tame down to show some slight fruit with some fig notes and a heavy bitterness. A little too bitter for my preference, especially for being 9 months old. It has some slight tobacco hints as well with a tobacco like mouthfeel. Starts off dry and finishes very dry in the back. Overall, this is a good barleywine for the availability but there are betters out there. I like the strength this brings but do think it could be a little more balanced while bringing that strength.

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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

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,772 ratings