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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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:
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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wiscokid920

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-23-2014 01:49:24 | More by wiscokid920
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oberon

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-31-2013 00:22:17 | More by oberon
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

11-24-2013 04:27:47 | More by Jason
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-05-2014 03:19:53 | More by mctizzz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

12-07-2013 00:57:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2013 06:33:31 | More by whatname
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CW0825


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-07-2013 23:04:38 | More by CW0825
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-17-2014 21:24:04 | More by HuntDaddy540
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-02-2014 22:50:35 | More by earlholman
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Dduquette

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-31-2014 21:47:44 | More by Dduquette
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needMIbeerinMD

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-17-2014 19:06:39 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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ConradKenney

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

02-18-2014 15:25:16 | More by ConradKenney
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bum732

Lesotho

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2013 00:37:38 | More by bum732
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-16-2013 05:12:42 | More by apasternak
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28%

12-21-2013 14:05:33 | More by waddellc2
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Pookie

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2013 15:16:31 | More by Pookie
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

12-06-2013 23:24:00 | More by bluejacket74
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2013 23:23:22 | More by Moses_Malone
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-01-2014 18:51:40 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Greywulfken

New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

12-14-2013 18:17:38 | More by Greywulfken
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

11-25-2013 22:56:58 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-04-2014 00:29:57 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-19-2013 02:04:26 | More by DerrickW
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-18-2014 19:26:07 | More by sammy806
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rum from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of rum along with some hints of ginger and oak.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Except for the rum flavors, this beer hides its alcohol very well and is pleasant to sip. It seemed like the rum was a bit too strong and masked the flavors of the underlying red ale and ginger. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the beer.
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12-20-2013 01:26:42 | More by metter98
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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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