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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
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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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-12-2014 05:10:54 | More by superspak
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magnusdave

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-11-2014 20:56:01 | More by magnusdave
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Hopscat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-04-2014 18:16:48 | More by Hopscat
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-31-2014 21:47:44 | More by Dduquette
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-29-2014 03:05:16 | More by kkmiller76
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-27-2014 21:07:29 | More by ShemRahBoo
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mcdsports

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-22-2014 23:20:34 | More by mcdsports
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

01-18-2014 21:44:28 | More by Lehighace06
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-17-2014 10:36:33 | More by DRBiser
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

01-13-2014 02:00:24 | More by ryan1788a5
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sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -73.9%

01-12-2014 13:45:43 | More by sendbeer
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-12-2014 02:42:40 | More by Drknight
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-10-2014 04:01:20 | More by dtivp
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northstar23

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-07-2014 04:27:33 | More by northstar23
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micropale

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-06-2014 16:08:52 | More by micropale
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-04-2014 22:33:41 | More by dbrauneis
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-04-2014 03:34:03 | More by mportnoy
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BeerMeColorado

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-02-2014 02:28:37 | More by BeerMeColorado
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-01-2014 18:51:40 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-01-2014 16:41:40 | More by zekeman17
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Dbot

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-31-2013 23:29:11 | More by Dbot
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oberon

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%

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
Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.