Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer
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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
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
This is an outstanding winter beer. The appearance is clear and red....tight bubbles float upward. Foamy white head. The smell is a mix of intense malt, spicy ginger, and a surgery note. There is a little wood, some booze, and a little spice (a recurrence of the ginger?). The taste is amazing..sweet, malty, spicy, and enjoyable. Very soft mouthfeel. The ginger gives the beer a very holiday-like character and provides a god balance point to the sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor, which is fitting for the brew. Soft, full, intense, and perfect to relax with during the holidays.
12-23-2013 21:23:08 | More by Suds
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
22 oz bottle to snifter
A: Deep amber, blood red under the light. Lot of bubbles emit from the bottom of the glass at first but slow down after a few minutes. One finger off white head -- reminds me of cream soda. Head quickly recedes to a mere ring around the glass. Lacing is present but nothing particularly special.
S: Immediately I smell vanilla. Rum obviously. Heavy caramel and maple syrup.
T: Caramel up front with a nice spicy ginger bite. Rum qualities include vanilla and spices. At times I could have easily mistaken this for a scotch ale. As it warms up the 9% becomes much more apparent, but it's nothing overwhelming.
M: Very malty and sticky. Pretty much unavoidable with what it is but it comes on a little thick.
O: Definitely pleased with the purchase. I have had things in the past that I've liked a lot from Clipper City as well as things I have not liked so I came in to this with no reservations or expectations. Amber ales are one of my favorite styles and rum is probably my second favorite type of booze behind bourbon so I figured there couldn't be much harm with this one especially at a reasonable price for a 9%er. The coolest part about this brew is easily the spiciness from the ginger; I had read the bottle before I bought it but I must have read over that part... it adds an extra quality to the beer and I'm glad they did it. I give it two thumbs up. Cheers.
12-05-2013 06:02:12 | More by RummyRedbeard
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
4.16/5 rDev +8.9%
A_Copper colored ale. Sticky lacing
S_Rum, molasses and a vague spice. Then rum is strong but it's not too boozy on the nose
T_Initial sip is of wood and rum. Then the ginger hits and notes of vanilla, cola and molasses are evident. Again not too boozy. Aftertaste lingers like a nice quality rum.
M_slightly thicker than medium bodied with a soft carbonation.
O_This reminds me of a well made dark and stormy. An interesting beer and a nicely spices Christmas beer.
12-08-2013 23:49:41 | More by sleazo
Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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