Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
01-13-2014 07:39:15 | More by Budinetz
3.64/5 rDev -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.
01-08-2014 05:45:19 | More by 57md
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-31-2013 00:53:51 | More by dwren89
3.83/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-28-2013 04:58:45 | More by Jason
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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