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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

902 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2004

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Ratings: 902 | Reviews: 507 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | 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!

Photo of dmberger
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMZep
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malt, followed by caramel, followed by malt. Very pleasant overall.

Photo of fireteacher
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yancey82
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevdemers
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Extremely unpleasant flavor on the palate which is unfortunate as the look, smell and carbonation level of the beer was well done.

Photo of atrocity
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Arch578
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted, burnt bread, biscuity, caramel, fruity, and earthy.

Taste: Definitely chewy malt forward with burnt toast flavor, bitterness, some citrus, caramel, and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, chewiness, dome bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty spit on for the style. Sometime one is in the mood for chewiness and mild bitterness.

Photo of Farinag16447
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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