Friday, March 30, 2018

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 9/11/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22C American Barleywine

AROMA: Very strong malty aroma with a sweet fruity character (red fruits like apple, cherry, plum, etc.). Some confectionery notes as well. Hops are moderate with a earthy/floral character, though the nose seems much more balanced towards the malt. Alcohol is present and creates for slight vanilla note; otherwise clean. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby/blood red/mahogany (17-27 SRM). Cloudy body due to chill haze (clears as it warms). Large, tan, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Big flavor notes in every way. Malt-centric to be sure with strong flavors of red fruit, rich bread, and some confectionery notes. Hops are moderately strong with a general earthy/floral flavor, but dry/slightly spicy bitterness. Palette is more malty than hoppy, but is not cloying or overtly unbalanced. Alcohol is clean and smooth with a subtle vanilla taste. Aftertaste is bittersweet as all elements linger. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied; medium carbonation. Texture is smooth and thick, but never a sticky or cloying sensation. At 10.2% ABV there definitely is noticeable alcohol warmth, but it is smooth and gentle; never burning or solventy. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious, highly drinkable barleywine. A little less hoppy than most American BWs; still pretty excellent otherwise. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/10/bells-third-coast-old-ale.html

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