Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
4.41/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
appearance: Mostly clear chestnut. a full tan head and messy lacing that recedes quickly. A handsome Yule Tide brew.
smell: Wow, damned if this doesn't smell like eggnog. That Jamaican Rum oak barrel thing is really happening. Rich and buttery indeed.
taste: Lives up to the nose. Not as sweet as expected from the nose though. Guess the ginger does indeed offset the sweetness.
overall: After a few years of just amazing beers it's not so easy to be wowed. This one pulled it off. Very pleasant surprise.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2013 22:56:58 | More by cindyjeffsmith
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, rum, oak, clove, vanilla, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, vanilla, rum, oak, clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, vanilla, oak, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and rum barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged spiced imperial red ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and rum barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 05:10:54 | More by superspak
Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.