Saturday, February 13, 2016

Third Coast Old Ale (review)

Beer Review #99

For my 99th beer review I'm checking out Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Beer. Not only my first Bells Beer, this is also the first beer I've had billing itself as an Old Ale, however at a certain point styles and definitions begin to overlap. I've had a number of Barleywines, and if my taste buds are any judge the terms seem more or less interchangeable.

At 10.2%ABV, Third Coast Old Ale is dark brown, strong and malty, and just begs to be aged by those who possess enough patients . Its thick, creamy almond hued head lingers long, clinging to the sides of the glass.

If one can use 'creamy' to describe an aroma, 'creamy' certainly fits the bill. Expect sweet toffee, caramel and molasses on the nose with just a whiff of alcohol to keep things appetizing.

This particular beer seems to have been bottled back in the fall of 2014, but even two years later alcohol is rather strong on the pallet. Beneath the ethanol, however, is plenty of bitter-sweet charred barley character, licorice, maple syrup, fig and just the suggestion of raw chocolate.

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