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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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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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.

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.

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of rum + oak from the barrel aging over the top of ginger, toasted malts, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness with moderate to strong flavors of rum, oak, and vanilla from the barrel aging. There are light to moderate flavors of spicy ginger and just a hint of something that reminds me of After Eight mints (combination of chocolate, butter, and mint). Light notes of herbal hops which contribute extremely minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Not always the hugest fan of rum barrel aged beers as they can often be too dominant/sweet over the top of the flavor of the beer but this is an excellent example. Very enjoyable and easy to drink - very holiday flavored. Definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Clear dark amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy rum nose and flavor is spicy, malty and rum. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Suds
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.

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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