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Third Coast Old Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Bourbon cask aged Third Coast Old Ale.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Growler shared by goldtwins. Deep amber-brown beer with a thin head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Lots of rich bourbony oaky sweetness. Bright sweet vanilla character, a bit of brown sugar, oak and sweet toffee. Spicy and lightly herbal. The flavour is a little bit boozy but there is a soft toffeeish character. As it warms, the booziness fades and the beer really comes together.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Sampled from a keg-filled handbottle shared by artusory. Muddy purple brown colored body with minimal head. Amazingly there was quite a bit of sediment that settled out of the handbottle (from tap!)... never seen that. Has a huge, rich, oak and bourbon filled nose, with sharp plum, leafy tobacco, some richly sweet dark fruits, mashed plums and red wine... really complex, unique, inviting, decadent and amazing aroma. Sweet flavor of maple, bacon, banana, bourbon, charred, woody plums, some resinous black cherry, more resinous oak, brown sugar, etc, you get the picture. Damn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, frothy coating of light tan head. Sweet caramely malty bourbon oaky vanilla nose smells like a dessert. Rich complex body starts with full sweet caramely malt and a nice balance of oaky bourbon and smooth bittersweetness with lots of molasses and a hint of warmth toward the finish. They left this in the barrel the perfect amount of time. Great balance and complexity. A sipping dessert beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro – GTMW pre-party. Rating #1800! This was my winner from a hotly-contested weekend of drinking bliss! Poured a deep, murky, and seductive brown with a short but well-retained cap of milky-beige head. The aroma picked up dry, smoky, and nutty notes for an intriguing first impression.. the barrel-aging slowly creeps in with toasted oak and vanilla beans.. soft and enticing.. hints of cherry, toffee, and aged caramel show up after that.

This just blew me away in the flavor department!! light vanilla, bourbon, and dry brandy sugars flow seamlessly over the buttered toffee, aged caramel, and nutty notes at the core of this beast.. picked up more of the barrel as it warmed, but remained perfectly-integrated.. just Brilliant! Heavy-bodied on the palate and toasty with expert precision on the great build of power from the first impression through the finish. All I can ask of Larry now is that he bottle some!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a hazy, murky brown with a small beige head. Lots of bourbon barrel in this one; vanilla, oak, caramel, raisins, dates, candied pecans, and coconut. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Really nice barrel treatment, and I’m not a Third Coast guy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing this - growler - really hazy dark red beer - very spicy, oak and vanilla aroma, heavy on the bourbon, but not overpowering, with some cinnamon way in the back - the flavor is a bit too sweet, and very bourbon-heavy up front - some vanilla and toasted coconut - strong alcohol and spiciness on the back end, and the wood starts to come through, along with some brown sugar and chocolate - a bit boozy and sweet, but as it warms it gets a little more vinous, balancing out the sweetness and giving it a little more character - I think I prefer the regular third coast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (4447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Draft to taster at Shakespeare’s 10th Anniversary Party. The beer is listed on the beer list as Third Coast Reserve, was on regular draft (not cask), and is listed at 10.9% abv. Looks good; a cloudy amber-tinted brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes good too, sweet and oaky with notes of caramel and toffee. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 On tap: Aroma is a nice combination of caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and the slightest hint of citrus hops. It’s a very cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with quick dose of caramel. Nice buttery toffee backbone. Moderate bourbon and vanilla in the finish. Surprisingly, the citrus hops are still coming through relatively strong. Full-bodied with a sticky mouth feel and mild carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Growler. Poured hazy brown with a thin off-white head. Big vanilla aroma with some notes of oak, bourbon, raisins, and sweet malt. Sweet fruity malt flavor with noticeable bourbon. But not too much for me. Mild bitterness on the semi-sweet finish. Good warmth and medium bodied. 9/4/9/4/17


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