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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
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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Mike099

New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%

03-01-2014 07:12:13 | More by Mike099
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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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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-26-2013 23:25:59 | More by Fabiand
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-03-2014 13:35:24 | More by psoriasaurus
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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
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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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-05-2013 13:35:04 | More by ShanePB
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-14-2013 21:29:16 | More by IPAchris
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-22-2013 02:37:07 | More by AngusOg
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montereyjay

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-10-2013 05:04:11 | More by montereyjay
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-16-2013 03:11:42 | More by Fargrow
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TomG2751

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-25-2013 23:32:20 | More by TomG2751
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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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Vivs85

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-22-2014 09:42:42 | More by Vivs85
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-25-2013 01:58:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-29-2013 00:57:27 | More by skaboom420
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:23:08 | More by Suds
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 06:02:12 | More by RummyRedbeard
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Greywulfken

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 23:49:41 | More by sleazo
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kevintaraross

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this over the weekend in a big-boy bottle. All I can say is "WOW!!!!"

Love most Heavy Seas on Draft and less than half of it's collection in a bottle from my local beer store BUT this seasonal bottle beer was GREAT!

Loved the "wintery" spices added - and only wish I had tried this earlier this Fall Season.

Will definitely buy again - no issues!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:53:27 | More by kevintaraross
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish mahogany with a white head. The snifter is left with much lacing.
The aroma is sweet with vanilla, oak and a bit of rum.

In the taste, more sweet vanilla and rummy notes. Caramelized brown sugar and buttery toffee reign supreme. A bit of oaky barrel is present with semi dry tannins in the finish. The rum flavor is very sweet and sugary on its own right and works well with the base beer. Though sweet, it is not cloying.

Full bodied, ultra smooth feel. Creamy, well carbonated and sweetness lingers long into the finish. Overall this is one big, beautiful beer and is dangerously drinkable. A beer worth seeking out and possibly a cellar candidate. I'd like to see how a few years would treat this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 20:16:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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