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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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very good

105 Ratings

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of JakeTheDuck
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

JakeTheDuck, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Evan, Feb 15, 2014
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.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of magnusdave
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

magnusdave, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Hopscat
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopscat, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dduquette, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of kkmiller76
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kkmiller76, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of mcdsports
3/5  rDev -21.5%

mcdsports, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DRBiser, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark red with great clarity. A whipped-looking off white head retains well and leaves thick collars of lacing.

S: Malty aromas of toast, crust, and caramel. Fruit cake. Fruity scents of strawberry and orange, along with darker pitted fruits. Zing of ginger. Spiced rum and wood.

T: Crusty with a strong toasty introduction. Pinch of cocoa. Bready. Berry fruits, plums, and rum soaked golden raisins. Woody pull. Buttery rum character. Earthy hops with a modest bitterness. Ginger adds a nice little zing, and the spice flavor carries into the crusty finish.

M: Thick in body. Creamy and chewy. Warming rum and ginger spice. Very slight oak astringency. Tongue-prickling carbonation enhances the ginger just a bit.

O: A very unique and interesting concept. It comes together quite nicely, and the flavors mesh well. A great barrel-aged sipper with some pleasantly unconventional twists. Kudos to Heavy Seas for releasing yet another great barrel-aged beer at an affordable price.

ryan1788a5, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -73.8%

sendbeer, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

dtivp, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

northstar23, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of micropale
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

micropale, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

mctizzz, Jan 05, 2014
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

mportnoy, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BeerMeColorado, Jan 02, 2014
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

zekeman17, Jan 01, 2014
Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.