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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013)Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013)

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very good

121 Ratings

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged for 6 weeks in Jamaican Rum barrels, this Imperial Red offers a full malt body dominated by toast, chocolate, and caramel notes. Rum barrel aging imparts a rich buttery rum character along with oaken vanilla notes. Ginger offsets the overall sweetness by adding its own drying zing.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 23
Photo of RickS95
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with lighter undertones of red. It looks rich and festive. The head is a disappointment as it never grows into much and dies before you know it. What bubbles do form are a light tan in color and fairly uniform in smallness. When swirled, there is a tiny spotting of lace left behind.

Very malty nose, and you can pick up the ginger and an earthy wood note to it. Could just be the ginger, but the scent resembles brown sugar and possibly spicy oatmeal cookies. No hop presence whatsoever.

There's plenty of flavor, but most of it comes from the ginger. I'm sensing some nutmeg as well, though it could be the wood that's coming through. Lots of spices come forward, probably a bit too much for some. There's kind of a scotch ale vibe to it.

Very malty and a bit on the spicy side. It's full bodied, but the high alcohol never really presents itself. Due to the spices, it's not really a smooth beer, but it's full of flavor. That said, it's not too dry and never burns and each swallow leaves you with just a spiciness to it that the next sips enhances.

Not an exceptional beer, but it's clearly a winter beer. Some aren't going to like it because of the spices, but it's never bitter and hides its ABV well. Overally, it's a good beer and being a seasonal, not really something you'll grow tired of.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.98/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, topped with an eighth of a finger of white head that lasted for a long time, and completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Strong, boozy aromas of rum, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, floral hops and some malt. But more than anything, I get rum and brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Due to the aging in rum barrels, and the high ABV, there’s some alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Wow! Very interesting and complex. Strong flavors of beer up front, along with toasted malt, black pepper, and some strong, floral hops, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and finished by some really strong, boozy rum flavors. I also get some oak and vanilla. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and with a little more carbonation that I was expecting. With an ABV of 9.0%, and with the aging in rum barrels, there is quite a bit of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth in the mouth.

Overall: This is another remarkable beer from Heavy Seas! Very complex in flavor. I’m getting two bottle so this at least next year, one to drink right away, and one or two to age. Delicious!

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Loses points on mouthfeel, a bit more watery than I expected. Pours dark reddish brown with one finger tan head. Smells like ginger, rum, tart dark fruits. Taste follows, big ginger and nice fruitiness. Rum and wood astringency. Pretty good, I like it but I wonder what it would've tasted like fresh? Would recommend

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