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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)
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86
very good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2004

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Ratings: 913 | Reviews: 510
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Csikic93
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better on tap than out of the bottle. Pours a pretty light brown

Photo of cjgiant
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a deep copper bordering on light brown, with a translucent light haze. Head I nice soapy to foamy off-white, and provides decent lacing. Nose is a tad malty, but that may be the "imperial" coming through. Floral/herbal bittering agents do come through as well, a bit of noble hops feel. I expected more of this "ESB bitterness" than I got.

Taste also starts a tad more malty than expected, but not as much as I would've thought from the nose. Honey-biscuit in nature, it lingers in the background after quickly being countered by the bitterness from the nose. The floral/herbal hops don't come on string enough, leaving this more balanced bitter ale, versus "extra". Body is also heavier than expected, and feel is a bit rough on the tongue (carbonation and dryness).

I actually enjoyed this beer fairly well, just not sure if you were looking for a standard ESB if this would fit. Also, not being overly versed in the style, maybe the offerings I've had are a bit more heavy on the bitter than expected.

Photo of tvghost
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Larsonfromdublin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEUBOM
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Valentno7
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerma
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bitter! Too much for me and I like heavy seas! NOT this one!

Photo of Navalartichoke
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cantal
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark hearty pour leads to a malty aroma. Tea leaf, sorghum, caramel malt, grains and barley.

The flavor is malty with a touch of spice. The malt is dry grains, dark fruits, barley, molasses and tea leaves. The spices are not overly pronounced and heard to differentiate. I think I get anise, caraway, and cinnamon.

The feel is a bit abrasive and bitter.

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Sud-Truth
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great well rounded flavor. A touch of the bitter but all in a great pour. As with most cask presented brews there is not much head or lacing, but the flavor is there. It is unquestoinably an ale so Hop heads take heed.

Photo of WesMantooth
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bebum
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, orange-brown color,
Full body, intense flavor, rich but not heavy mouthfeel, avg length.
Bitter, tart, background sweetness well in balance, bitter finish.
Fruity, orange juice-like,
Different, very interesting.

Photo of Sintech
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of bmcmahon1024
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It starts off very pleasant with a malty taste that quickly goes into a caramel flavor. The aftertaste is very very bitter and keeping my liking of the beer at a minimum. That bitterness seems to last forever.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of faint dark fruit, spice, earthy, oats, caramel malt. Taste malt, citrus, floral, pepper, toast, bittersweet finish. Nice!

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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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