Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale

Posted: June 16, 2015 in American Barleywine, Bell's Brewery, Reviews

I always get excited when I find a Bell’s beer to try. This one was picked up during the last trip to Half Time and I had it on my list to try for at least 3 years. Let’s see if it is as good as I hoped for.


ABV: 10.2%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Third Coast Old Ale focuses on malt, offering notes of burnt caramel & other earthy malt flavors. Designed with vintage aging in mind, the malt aspect is matched to a heavy complement of hops. Sharply bitter at first, this will fold into the malt character over time and balance out the maltiness.”

Random: I gave up on watching baseball since the Phillies are in dead last.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation and floaties throughout the body. The nose presented with a lot of raisin and molasses to it. After a few sniffs, I picked up dates as well. The taste had a bit more complexity to it. I got tobacco, leather which went into notes of raisins and brown sugar. Maple was present after it warmed up a bit more, which was a pleasant surprise. The booze was well-integrated. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with molasses, raisins and leather. This was $3.49 for the bottle, which broke down to $.29 per ounce. That’s not a bad price for a beer of this caliber. This is worth searching out. I may pick up a few more bottles if I see if again to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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