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.
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
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.