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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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very good

111 Ratings

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-14-2013)
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Reviews by wiscokid920:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wiscokid920, Mar 23, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thinner off white head atop,good color clarity but not much head to speak of.Sweet rum soaked dark fruit in the nose with just a hint of the spicy ginger.Flavors have some nice complexities,buttery rum and dark fruit along with caramel sweetness with a big shot of zesty ginger root in the finish to halt all the sweetness.Although I am not a huge fan of ginger it really plays a good role in this beer,the rum barrel is predominant as it should be according to what the beer is.Not bad.

oberon, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Chestnut brown, good clarity, excellent lacing

SMELL: Fresh ginger, pineapple, exotic fruit, raw honey, light brown sugar, rum cake

TASTE: Plum pudding, candied ginger, wood, treacle, rum raisins, lush fullish body, dried grass, bready, modest hopping, warming, ripe plums, spicy woody finish

I live for beers like this, spiced and wood aged with a hefty backing yet still pretty easy to drink. Great ginger addition and the wood aging is spot on.

Jason, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

mctizzz, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful crimson hue completely clear no haze at all, big foam, layers of rich lacing with nice retention...that's hard to pull off with barrel aged beers. This brew utilizes Jamaican rum barrels, they didn't mention any brands, I know of one major rum distiller in Jamaica but who knows? Aroma smells like fresh ginger sliced and added to a sweet juice marinade, it's awesome smelling. The alcohol presence comes out to with nearly burnt/caramelized sugars. Fruit wise, I'm picking up sliced apples, hints of cherry, the whole comes of like a spiced fruit cake. Beneath the sharp ginger I'm starting to get some orange zest, just a touch of that though the ginger really steals the show here. The Appleton Estate notes get richer and more upfront as it warms, let's see how it tastes. Sadly the flavor falls short of the complex nose, very astringent alcohol burn with each sip, limited beer profile no burnt sugars or molasses, ginger adds a spicy bitterness but lacks to fulfill the complexity found in the nose. It get's smoother with each sip, but the one dimensional quality saddens me the ginger spice really adds a presence of Christmas, and again the components together come off like festive spiced rum cake. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation, it's time to go light up a cigar to balance the sweetness of this beer out. It literally gets cloying on the palate in a couple sips. Overall impressive creativity, hopefully next time we see better execution from Hugh Sisson and company down in Baltimore, MD.

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.7%

whatname, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

CW0825, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

HuntDaddy540, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

earlholman, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dduquette, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

needMIbeerinMD, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of ConradKenney
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

ConradKenney, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bum732, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

apasternak, Dec 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

waddellc2, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pookie, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark ruby red color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like ginger, rum, caramel malt, and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like ginger, buttery rum, vanilla, caramel, and also some dark fruit and a sweet herbal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good beer, definitely worth a try especially if you like ginger! $7.99 a bomber.

bluejacket74, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Moses_Malone, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep amber ale, clear but dark, with a rich head a few fingers thick of tan head. ample sheets of lace from top to bottom

S: rich, hearty and welcoming malt grains, wet toffee sugar and rum barrel wood

T: malt richness, suggestive of caramel and grain water, spices as of a holiday feat, warm pineapple rum; some bright, tart (?) sweet herb comes through - perhaps the ginger...

M: light and quick; medium-weight at best, smooth and slick, airy and drying finish

O: a real nice, relatively light-feeling (for an Imperial amber), and nicely accented with rum barrel aging. Rum serves to be an excellent counterpart to the malts and hops, bringing out fruitiness and a nice warming, winter ale feel.

Greywulfken, Dec 14, 2013
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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.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

DerrickW, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

sammy806, May 18, 2014
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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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