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:
#3,806
Reviews:
1,126
Ratings:
2,778
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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270
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590
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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

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

Photo of n2pux
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viperman1316
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is an acceptable barleywine. I think that the flavors and aromas last too short and the beer becomes too alcoholic after a while. Not too hoppy. The mouthfeel is OK.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried a 2015 aged bottle. Definitely worth the wait. This beats out the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot by a long shot, comes short of Founders Curmudgeon, but still a spectacular old ale.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,778 ratings