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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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107 Ratings

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +4.7%

KJ2013, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of montereyjay
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

montereyjay, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Aisha, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of CW0825
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

CW0825, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Dilbert65
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dilbert65, Dec 07, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2013
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ShanePB, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of RummyRedbeard
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.

RummyRedbeard, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear ruby with a thin layer of white head that quickly fades away to leave a bit of lacing on top

S-really nice aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, cinnamon, and rum

T-taste matches the smell, caramel malt, vanilla, cinnamon spiceyness, raisins, and a nice finish of rum warming

M-has kind of a creamy body, medium carbonation

Overall my expectations were exceeded for this. I really like all the spices and the rum adds a nice warm quality to the beer.

ksimons, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tanish brown, very minimal head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Rum, brandy, vanilla, added spices, cinnamon, ginger, mint, some minor herbal. Reminds me of a rum and coke.

Taste - First sip as expected is rum flavored. Ginger is noticeable along with some vanilla and some caramel malts. Has a woody, toasted flavor with some very faint hops. Some plum and raisin come out near the finish along with some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - Rum coats the tongue along with some spices. Palate gets spices, some malts and warm alcohol. Aftertaste is rum bitter, and very ginger/minty.

Overall - Not bad at all. The rum is not overpowering, yet very distinct in each sip. Smooth and very spiced yet nothing is overboard. It could use a little more kick being its barrel aged and 9%, but in all, I enjoyed it very much and would drink again.

wvsabbath, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Pookie
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pookie, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Boone757, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.7%

whatname, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark amber with some light getting through; fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are great. There's a ton of vanilla. Lots of cinnamon and ginger as well. The buttery aspects deliver. The rum is notceable and really gives this a wonderful nose. The flavors are good, but not as bold as I was anticipating based on the nose. The rum seems to take a backseat in the flavor department. More sweet vanilla. More cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Earthy flavors. There's not much oak/wood characteristics that are noticeable and I would've like to see more. Lots of malts. Some caramel. Extremely subtle hints of cocoa. Once again, lots of spices, but it's not spicy. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's a fun beer to drink.

This is a very nice beer. It's definitely fitting for the holidays. It sort of has a pumpkin ale vibe going on. I'm not sure how this would age, but I'd personally recommend drinking this one fresh. I would've liked more rum barrel characteristics in flavors, that my only beef. Despite that, it's still a tasty brew. Definitely worth checking out.

BB1313, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JandJMD, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

CSpoons, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Ljoreilly, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

skaboom420, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach136, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TomG2751
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

TomG2751, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

oriolesfan4, Nov 25, 2013
Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.