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

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

787 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2004)
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TangTKE402

New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A small head formed, but it left quickly. The appearance is a dark mahogany, brown and rich, but clear.

The smell does not hide the alcohol, but it has a warm cherry brandy aroma, and the malts are well-defined in the nose.

The taste is robust, with caramel, smoked malts, raisins, dehydrated fruit, mild spice, alcohol and yeast. This is a whopper of a winter ale, and will most certainly keep you warm with it's 7.5% abv tag. It is certainly a sipping beer, and mellows a bit as it warms, leaving the smokier notes to linger in the glass.

The mouthfeel is substantial, like soda bread, but not in a prohibitive way. A good beer to chew on is what one looks for in a winter offering.

One of these per session will suffice.

*Reviewers edit: I just noticed that the "purchase by" date was 4 months old at the time of reviewing. This may have affected important characteristics, and will try to amend this review with a fresher batch.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 22:12:26 | More by TangTKE402
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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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