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

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Third Coast Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThird Coast Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like boozy caramel, dark fruit, plum, toffee, bourbon, creamy vanilla, and oak.

This a delightfully malty treat, with candied caramel, vanilla cream, sticky toffee, and very light chocolate all coming through here. There's a touch of oak, and a bit of silky bourbon adding more caramel tones. Any hop character that was once in this beer has completely faded.

This is creamy and full bodied, with a great level of drinkability, and a certain wonderful silky feel to it.

Third Coast is already an excellent beer, and this really improves on it.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/21/2018 (LF)

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Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What once was old just got older, ...and stronger, ...and much more complex as the famed Third Coast Old Ale of Bell's Brewery takes an extra long nap in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels to soak up all that extra booze soaked oak nuances for a succulent and devilish charm.

Bronze, burnt orange and goldenrod in color, the rusty tinged Bourbon Barrel Aged Third Coast Old Ale carries a dainty froth over an appearance of prune juice. A plethora of fruit begins with cherry, apple, grape, date, fig and raisin across a caramelized breadiness and into a boozy, nutty and savory bourbon character. Once the sweetness coats the tongue, a full and malty taste of maple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and honey create a cakey taste to set the stage.

And that whole melange of dark fruit, pitted fruit and vinous fruit surround a full flavor of rum cake and coffee cake for a fruity and nearly pastry-like session of sweetness and modest tanginess. The earthy taste from hops and malt forge for a taste of sweet fresh tobacco on the late palate. A stemmy, tea-like bitterness comes with a light and leafy herbal taste and a strong linger of unmistakable bourbon.

Full bodied, sweet and richly textured on the palate, the beer never really approaches cloying while providing a high sense of port wine and sherry. Spicy with bourbony warmth, a linger of oak, fruit and malt sweetness has impressions of whisky soaked fruit cake early, often and extending deep into an aftertaste that makes that holiday dessert much easier to drink than to eat.

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Photo of Richter525
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnverduin
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wtkphoto
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cardsfan
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlMarzo
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of _morandi_
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of trginter
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TLove
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderfully rich and complex, this is one of the finest quality bourbon ales i've ever had. Earthy, slightly sweet, high ABV, and a lot of barley.

Appears deep caramely-brown in color with a thin head and rich lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, molasses, and Stronachie (a scotch).

Taste is full of woody residue, caramel, bourbon, lemon, and reduced cherries. Really complex and incredibly well-balanced.

Sweetness doesnt linger on the palate, but runs well through the mouth. Good carbonation to taste ratio.

Drinks well, but is a very dense, complex beer to swallow.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At The Oak Cafe. Pours a ruby brown in color with a short lived head. Smell is bourbon soaked dark fruit and malt. Taste is very balanced and complex. This could be sipped all day, I'm really enjoying this. I don't know if the barrel aging brings out flavors in Larry's beers that aren't in the original beer, but they become more complex. Don't get me wrong the beers are already amazing, but the barrel aging takes these to an unholy level.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Bell's tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer is a hazy dark brownish-orange color with a compact beige head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Chocolate malt, oak, and rich caramel in the nose. Full body with sweet malt and caramel flavors offset by bourbon and hops. The finish is oak and vanilla with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade.

Smells of a malt complex and the alcohol and bourbon immediately hit you. Smack!

Malty body, slight sweet. Nutty and a bit woodsy, earthy even. Bourbon characteristics throughout, very very interesting. Caramel or toffee, hard to tell with the bourbon biting the palate. Definitely hot, from the smell to the taste. I felt a bit warm after the first few sips.
Body actually seems somewhat thin due to lots of carbonation and no head whatsoever. Unexpected.

A very fine beer, and a great showing for an Old Ale. Far more complex than usual, but the barrel aging is a bit unrefined. It may need to sit for a few more months.

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It arrived a reddish-brown color. Head was a little off white and somewhat minimal. Perhaps a finger deep. Retention was short and left very little lacing.

Smell: Bourbon aroma rolls off the top and is strong. Mostly caramel malts with perhaps a hint of roasted malt in there. Dark fruit (mostly plum) smell mixes well and adds complexity. Slight alcohol aroma is noticeable.

Taste: Bourbon flavor is noticeable immediately, but blends very well with caramel malt and light dark fruit flavors. Roasted malts are not apparent in taste. A hint of vanilla and alcohol on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick and definitley a sipper. Carbonation is very good. No clue how strong it is, but it tastes strong. Perhaps limits drinkability a little. But, it's very easy to drink and certainly a unique gem. If you happen to see, you should definitely try it.

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with very little head. Brooding deep mahagonny in color. Very still and absent minded.

Another masterful blended barrel aged Bell's beer. Sweet toffe and caramel with full bodied vanilla bourbon tones and oak to follow. Dates at the peak of season with rum soaked raisin, and fig undertones.

Well balanced again. Loads of oozing sweet overly ripe date flavor. Maple and brown sugar. Just can't say enough about the barrel aging done by Bell's. Malty and thick with the usual toffee, fig, caramel, raisin, big bourbon with a slightly hot finish. Hops are well faded in this one. From what I can gather this was probably aged in barrel for around 10 months?

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