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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

804 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Drknight, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

IPAFrankieH, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle vigorously into a Teku glass.

A- pours a beautiful amber color, with an inch and a half of white head that stays for a good minute or two. Nice lacing around the glass after each sip.

S- smells of malt, bread, and a hint of alkalinity. Very biscuity. No harsh scents or overtones. Maybe a hint of dates?

T- tastes of bready malts with a pleasant bitterness from the hops. A very crisp, refreshing finish for an ESB. The 7.75% abv in not detectable, in fact this drinks like a 4.5% English bitter.

M- prickly on the tongue and cheek, with a slight bite from the hop bitterness on the finish. Finished dry and clean. Very palatable.

O- a solid brew from heavy seas. Definitely one you want to drink quickly and not age, as 7.5% is a bit under the abv for aging and due to the hop content, will definitely oxidize in 6 months or so. I look forward to next year for this seasonal.

Budinetz, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ToddGingerich, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

outoffocus, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brown color with copper edges and a half finger of head. The head dissipated pretty quickly, but still left some nice lace rings on the glass. The nose was malty. The flavor is malt forward with a semi-dry finish. In addition, the finish was plagued with a funny aftertaste that was difficult to place.

Like most Heavy Seas offerings, it was underwhelming.

57md, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of dsnyder61
4/5  rDev +4.4%

dsnyder61, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

KevinDanger23, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Crimsonfloods, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of dwren89
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: caramelly brown with gold highlights, great clarity, thin white head

Aroma: bready, like a fresh baked loaf of cinnamon bread, with caramel and molasses hints, not a lot in terms of spiciness, but some fair traces of cinnamon, cardamom, sugar, and nutmeg

Taste: very malty, with a strong beast and cinnamon flavor, with supporting caramel and molasses and nutmeg notes, firm bitter finish on the end but without much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: thick and malty, but not viscous, full body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very good, a gray companion to a winter stew, exhibiting great malt character, some delicious spices, and a fitter finish.

dwren89, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Xandrose, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rolltide8425, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pinkysup, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

twenteone, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Great lacing from a dissapating three fingered head. Toasted malt, baked apples, earthy, hint of alcohol, & faint caramel in the nose. Big malt character, thick medium body. Herbal woody hop, lots of balance here. Apple skin, dried grass, faint orange pith, brown malt, husky, drying graininess. Finishes dry and toasty.

This is a great rendition of of an ESB, bold enough to be set as their winter seasonal.

Jason, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JohnK17, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tdatt43, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Remdog, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SonOfKyuss, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jbierling, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Kerrie, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BHansen214, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

scottbrew4u, Dec 15, 2013
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.