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Bells Toasted Coconut Espresso Old Ale

Bells Toasted Coconut Espresso Old Ale
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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2013 Third Coast Old Ale aged with organic, house toasted coconut and WSCJ espresso.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Sampler Flight pour on tap at Eccentric Cafe (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a deep brownish black hue, ruby copper glow hits the edges and bottom but a darker middle is present with tannish small head atop. A nice ringer atop stays small, laces small overall. Aromas are some red fruit and toffee, toast and coconut, a bit more whiskey and oak meets some gentle spirit, vanillin and wet oak come in. Faint fudgey note with some nice dark fruit, black cherry. Initial is medium bodied, the barrels thinning it a bit with some toast, caramel and chocolate. Some firmer cherry, black cherry and gentle coffee. Touches of coconut, toasty with wet wood. Caramel, toffee, decent spirit hits but not overwhelming. Some warmth, Bourbon with touches of toast, red fruit. While the barrel is certainly present, the base stands up. Warming spirit, vanillin and toastiness. A bit fudgey, toast coconut, with deadened caramel, oak and toast. Pretty solid barrel experiment, warm but well integrated, the beer itself works well with a more assertive spirit presence, caramelized and toasty elements meet coconut, oak, and a bit of fudgey and toffee sweetness. Finish is a bit carmelized, lingering barrel and sweetness. Tasty. Nose not as rich as expected but beer delivers, looks nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5191) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Draft to taster at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks solid; a translucent amberish caramel with razor-thin off-white lacing. Smells solid; a nice balance of coconut and mild espresso paired well with the sweetness of the Old Ale. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel; not quite as balanced as the nose, but it’s more of the roast from the espresso on the tongue. Still, enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. Murky prune-brown body, thin to medium tan head. Nose of sharp, ashy coffee bean. Weird body, dominated by sharp, prickly, bitter coffee bean that mutes that caramels and raisin notes of the base beer. Extremely rich.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njager246 (342) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
On tap at bells, a great coffee and coconut toasted aroma, flavoring is similar with some dark fruits . The toasted flavoring would make this a perfect winter beer. This is really good!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwa5879 (611) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Dark brown/black with thin layer of beige head. Sour and dark fruit aroma. Foamy mouthfeel, average carbonation, slightly dry finish. Smokey, oaky scotch and maple bourbon flavor, nice malt bill, no notice of the coconut espresso additions. Very very good.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The aroma of toasted coconut is fantastic! God it smells like Christmas. Flavor is third coast obviously, coconut, rum, heavy dark malt and sunshine in a glass. Nice smooth palate like it should be. Light burn at the end. Damnation. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1492) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Tap: very deep brown and mahogany with a head that lasts for basically forever; khaki colored and super creamy. Aroma is deep oily espresso beans, a little bit of coconut, some light brown sugar, and not too much else. Fairly simple, but executed nicely. Taste is much more complex... Oaky bourbon - you can definitely notice the second use of the Black Note barrels here. Smooth chocolate, some dark fruits, faint coconut in the back with a finishing residual sweetness; a touch buttery with some mild molasses and brown sugar. Thick and heavy mouth feel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and faint coconut. I guess there’s some espresso here, but probably power of suggestion more than anything. It’s brown with a lot of orange highlights around the edges of the glass. It has a large khaki head that has good retention. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. There’s a touch of fruit in the background. The aging in re-used Black Notes barrels is very noticeable. There’s a lot of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and faint oak.


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