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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:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-27-2013 04:50:17 | More by harrisjohnson
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jspaner

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-27-2013 02:44:46 | More by jspaner
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-27-2013 00:29:46 | More by 2dogbrew
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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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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-26-2013 18:30:27 | More by wonothesane42
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spikechiquet

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-26-2013 09:24:09 | More by spikechiquet
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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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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2013 17:02:49 | More by ChipMurray
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-22-2013 04:33:11 | More by Morey
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28%

12-21-2013 14:05:33 | More by waddellc2
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metter98

New York

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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Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:26:42 | More by metter98
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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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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-16-2013 05:12:42 | More by apasternak
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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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-13-2013 04:43:41 | More by Gatordaddy
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. There are some illegible numbers on the bottom of the bottle- suffice it to say this is a recent 2013 release. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours deep translucent ruby red with almost two fingers cream hued head. The froth remains quite a while and leaves healthy chunks of lace.

Smells of butter rum, ginger, earthy and woodsy.

Taste follows the nose. A dominant sweet rum flavor with notes of ginger, caramel malts, buttery cake, wood, molasses, vanilla, mild cinnamon spice, honey, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Tasty.

Slick medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Buttery rum cake and ginger snap finish.

A different and unique winter warmer. Certainly far from any other imperial red I've tried but no complaints. The Uncharted Waters series continues to release easily attainable, quality, barrel aged, enjoyable, high value brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:38:11 | More by ThickNStout
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2013 22:38:21 | More by KJ2013
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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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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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Aisha

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-08-2013 07:29:43 | More by Aisha
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CW0825


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-07-2013 23:04:38 | More by CW0825
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Dilbert65

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2013 22:22:47 | More by Dilbert65
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:57:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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