Night of the Barley Wines Part III: Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale

Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, MI
Third Coast Old Ale
Barley Wine / Old Ale
10.2% ABV
12 oz. bottle into snifter

The third barley wine in our star-crossed line-up turned out to be our favorite. Perhaps our palates were loosening up, or becoming less discerning and more forgiving. This doesn’t mean we liked it a whole lot, just better than Old Horizontal and Monster Ale.

It poured dark amber, with about .5mm of head with bubbles of uneven size. This petered out to fine bubbles in a shape not unlike the Andromeda galaxy. The beer was cloudy and it gave thick foamy legs when swirled. After swirling the lingering bubbles more closely resembled an old man with a warty nose, or maybe a rose bush– it was hard to tell.

It didn’t smell like much. It tasted OK, sort of spicy and strong.

During the tasting, one person was drinking out of a Pilsner glass, as you can see on the left side of the table in the depiction below. That Pilsner glass broke the following day. This is its final portrait:Barley Wine: the last thing you may ever put in your glass.

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~ by nininja on February 2, 2010.

2 Responses to “Night of the Barley Wines Part III: Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale”

  1. Barley wine seems to exist in a universe without people. Perhaps all the people have fled? The forest on the label – the galaxy – the empty table with the tiny, touching human relics. Reminds me of a montage from my most beloved show where all but a fraction of humanity has been annihilated.

  2. That glass lasted nine years, survived six changes of residence at the hands of _Albanian_ movers, innumerable non-Pilsner-y fluids, and the proxemic effects of two pre-school boys. Yet it dissolved under the onslaught of b-wine. What rough beast, this b-wine.

    ^ re diagram: what is the crown of thorns doing on the center of the table? Yeats understood b-wine best: The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned…

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