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

2,690 Ratings
Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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Photo of Jason1221
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cherry wood with a hint of haze, no carbonation and 2 fingers of beige head.

S: Malts, old wood, not barrels, just the smell you catch when you walk in an old building made of wood. Caramel, a hint of foot, and a light fruitiness.

T: Follows the nose but way more intense and pronounced, ending with a cracker, sour, but refined, bitterness.

M: Medium, light feeling body with little carbonation.

O: Excellent taste, overall great brew. Complex and really covers the ABV in a scary way.

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Photo of YoungKurtis
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/03/15

L: Dark brown, moderate lacing, generous head
S: Malty sweet, dried fruits, slight note of hard cheese
T: similar to smell
F: moderate body, mild alcohol airiness, tingly up front, creamy along the rest of the palate

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Photo of briancathy
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to some surface bubbles.

Smell: brown sugar and a dark fruit sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: big malty profile here with some toffee, brown sugar, raisins, black plums, some warming alcohol and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a very tasty barleywine that is slow sipping but extremely satisfying. Great to have on a cold winters day.

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Photo of MNAle
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 2016 bottled, reviewed in Dec 2016. Dark amber, somewhat cloudy, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Dark fruit and caramel somewhat weak aroma. Very smooth taste and feel. Taste follows the aroma, but is much more assertive, with dark fruit and caramel in the initial taste with a somewhat bitter finish that lingers for a short while. At 10.2%, the alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, but it is well controlled. This barleywine has a wonderful taste, but a somewhat subdued aroma. On balance, quite good.

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

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep red with .5 to 1-finger head in something of a beige/off white head
S: sweet amber malt body and the presence of some dark fruits and hoppy bitterness (you'll have to forgive me, my sinuses started acting up so this might not be the best nose read)
T: immediately reminds me of the flavor of (uerige) doppelsticke (that's a good thing) it's sweet with a pleasant and peppery (but not overwhelming) hop bite
M: dry and a bit sticky
O: very good, I'll reserve a full review for when my sinuses are clearer but it is very good and I enjoyed

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

Bottled on 11/7/2011 and enjoyed on 12/16/16. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. The beer pours out fairly clear and deep reddish-brown in color. On the nose I get toffee, sarsaparilla, toasted malt, fresh bread, brownies, and a faint whimper of hops. It smells like a barleywine should smell.

The beer is full-bodied with a creamy feel and a smooth malty flavor. Up front I get fruit cake, lemon curd, and gingerbread. There's still a faint hoppy kiss at mid-palate, and a little booziness on the finish, but time has really started to work its mojo on this beer. The bitterness is nearly gone and there's only a faint bit of the medicinal character that comes from the combination of sweet malt, alcohol, and bitter hops. The flavor is starting to get really smooth, with malt and dark fruit taking over the bitterness.

Confession time. I have had this beer numerous times, and find it tasty but bitter, when fresh. I never reviewed it because I wanted to sit on a bottle for at least 5 years and review that. Why? Because I believe that the brewer intends for this beer to be aged and I always prefer to drink (and review) a beer the way the brewer intends. The best part of all this? The other 5 bottles in the six-pack are still in my cellar. Waiting...

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

Photo of zekeman17
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, PKG 08/31/16 batch 16354. I had this a few times, but my last review was 7 years ago. Time for an update:
A - rusty brown colored ale capped with a creamy beige head
S - booze, toffee, grain, caramel, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar, earthy hops
T - quite boozy with plenty of malty complexity with notes of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, fruity esters, oaky vanilla, ample bitterness from the earthy hops
M - full body, ample carbonation, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming
O - always a good one to have here and there. It's usually not a perennial purchase for me, but when I buy it, it's never a disappointment, which makes it highly recommendable.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nwhittin
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy, boozy, but oh so flavorful. Tons of dried fruit and malty sweetness, balanced with a slight dry hop and is a strong beer that isn't to be trifled with! If you are a fan of barley wines or old ales, this one is worth finding.

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Photo of lobos62
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CFCforlife
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cherche
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Third Coast (2016), 10.2% ABV. Pours thin and dark brown, with one finger off-white head. Nose is malty with a hint of fruit. Taste is malty, with some hoppy bitterness. OK mouthfeel. Overall OK.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2015 bottle

Smell: dark fruit for days rasin plum figs a lot of cherry Carmel some booziness pine needle

Taste: upfront you get that malty Carmely sweetness but is immediately hit in the middle of the mouth with a promenet pine needle biterness the dark fruits come through in the mid palate finishes with a touch of brown sugar and more of that bitterness. You get a slight alchool warmth in the chest but it's not really boozy at all I think the year age really mellowed the alchool heat.

Feel: medium to full body extemly creamy and soft on the palate.

Overall: this beer has that big punch of biterness that bells stouts and barley wines usually have. The hops are the star of the show even with a year of age on it. Just like any other big bells beer I think this is only gonna get better with age.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,690 ratings.
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