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RATINGS: 1476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndresTM (320) - Vienna, - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Sometimes, I wonder why it is that I like Bells so much. Oh—I recall—Hopslam. And this. And it’s an interesting parallel: while the Hopslam sports an enviable hop profile, this one stands out on account of its spectacular malt bill. The aroma is dark, sumptuous, and sexy, with dried fruits (figs, raisins, prunes) fighting with overripe ones (cherries, plums) for attention, all on a background of wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. The taste is strong, with a a woody, boozy bitter and sweet, fruity undertones. Bitter malts and piney hops linger in the aftertaste. The alcohol is very much perceivable, but it isn’t intrusive. The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic: viscous, creamy, fulfilling. Dangerously close to perfection, although a tad too filling. God, it’s such a mess. A filthy, sexy mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle. This is a big bitter viscous BW with lots of malt sweetness and good full flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (905) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled 9/5/14 into tulip glass, dirty dark amber color with minimal tan head. Aroma of heavy malt, dried fruits (raisins, apricots, plums), caramel, booze and light fruity citrus hops. Taste adds notes of grain, bread, sugar, fruit (cherry, strawberry, apple), cocoa, vanilla, light spices and some yeast. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, creamy with thick fruity malt finish. Quite excellent this fresh, almost perfect hop balance. Curious what some age will bring out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1092) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a light brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is coffee and bitter overtones laced with boozey ness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spokeydonkey (28) - somerville, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark amber beer with a thin white head and low carbonation. Aroma is of plums, figs, prunes with alcohol behind it. Taste is much the same: starts off with sweet dark dried fruit notes: raising, plums, figs--ends with a warming alcohol kick and a lingering bitterness. Exceptionally well balanced--despite the sweetness it finishes dry enough to not be overwhelming and it is easy to drink a bottle of this. Mouhfeel is exceptional as well--full bodied but silky smooth due in part to restrained carbonation. Hops are present, but not overwhelming. Overall very much on the lighter, more easily drinkable side for barleywine, but exceptionally rich in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (653) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Marketplace Liquor in Minot. Appearance: finger khaki tan head, dark copper-deep red color, clear, gook oily lacing. Aroma: heavy malt, raisin, caramel, floral, notes of citrus. Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, light alcohol bite, bitter finish. Taste: sweet caramel and raisin, with some citrus and floral bitter bite on the backside of the sweetness. Decent booziness. Overall, very very smooth barleywine, lovely fruit aroma and taste, balance is good, and booze is present but not overly. Very very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3347) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
12 onces. Embouteillée le 09/05/14. Robe brune/ambrée avec un anneau de mousse. Nez richement fruité, entre la Old Ale et le vin d’orge anglais, avec du toffee et de la liqueur de noisettes. Bouche pleine de prunes, de raisins et de petites baies avec une amertume forte, un alcool coloré et une poignée de noix diverses. En bouche, un corps parfait, rond et liquoreux avec un pétillement adapté. Une finale houblonnée, fruitée et chaude sans être brûlante. Superbement balancé. Il est si facile à boire mais si dangereux. De classe mondiale. Centième vin d’orge pour moi sur RateBeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teemoney (89) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Thick, opaque caramel/ brown color, with almost non-existent white head (just a few bubbles around the edge and in the center). Malty, brown sugar smell. Taste has some more sweet-ish malt, and some boozy bitterness. Feel is kind of thick and slick, really coats the mouth. This isn’t a style that I’m accostomed to, but I really like it. You can definitely taste/ feel the 10%+ abv, but it’s not overwhelming or unpleasent. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (136) - - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a thick medium brown with a creamy head. Aromas of malt, pine, and brown sugar. Very sweet with noticeable bitterness. Coats the mouth nicely. A good slow sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1116) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Tap. Pours a murky amber brown with a ring of beige head. Aroma and taste of caramel, malts, some sugar, and some boozy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1242) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale is an old ale in name only, as it doesn’t have any of the barrel character often found in traditional brews of the style. This is more of an English-style barleywine, and it’s quite good. A complex palette that’s also perfectly balanced and highly drinkable. Impressive.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/5/14 and cost $4.35 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful cherry wood hue, slightly translucent. Pours to a large, dirty white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Surprisingly mild nose with a general sweetness of red fruit, sangria, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: In the glass, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale looks a lot like a cabernet Sauvignon wine, which is interesting because it has a lot in common with that style as far as flavor notes go. Right away there’s a sweet taste of dark cherry, strawberry and pomegranate – if all were covered in milk chocolate. On the second half there’s a noticeable dry bitterness, slightly sharp, followed by a rich sweetness of toffee and butterscotch. And while all these flavors taste good, I am a little surprised that their intensity is not through the roof (especially in a fresh bottle).

Drinkability: Big heavy beers in this style that weigh in at 10.2% ABV tend to be difficult to drink, but Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale is remarkably approachable. The mouthfeel is not sticky or thick, but closer to a medium body with low carbonation. The texture is silky smooth, which makes it easy to gulp down, especially considering there’s no alcohol warmth, either. An ideal liquid dessert.

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