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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

800 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 30
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 07:39:15 | More by Budinetz
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-13-2014 02:22:02 | More by ToddGingerich
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-10-2014 01:58:42 | More by outoffocus
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57md

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 05:45:19 | More by 57md
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2014 19:13:52 | More by dsnyder61
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KevinDanger23

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-04-2014 01:11:07 | More by KevinDanger23
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Crimsonfloods

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-04-2014 01:07:13 | More by Crimsonfloods
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dwren89

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:53:51 | More by dwren89
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Xandrose

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-29-2013 18:18:12 | More by Xandrose
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2013 22:52:20 | More by rolltide8425
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pinkysup

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-28-2013 16:17:06 | More by pinkysup
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-28-2013 06:58:16 | More by twenteone
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:58:45 | More by Jason
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-27-2013 22:26:55 | More by JohnK17
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tdatt43

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-24-2013 01:46:01 | More by tdatt43
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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-22-2013 12:47:55 | More by Remdog
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-21-2013 23:47:48 | More by SonOfKyuss
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jbierling

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-21-2013 13:05:44 | More by jbierling
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-19-2013 02:20:58 | More by Kerrie
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BHansen214

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-18-2013 22:22:05 | More by BHansen214
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-15-2013 02:15:55 | More by scottbrew4u
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Hopscat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-14-2013 15:07:23 | More by Hopscat
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salamiwagon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-12-2013 03:50:31 | More by salamiwagon
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cmak316

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-12-2013 01:56:39 | More by cmak316
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-11-2013 03:10:24 | More by jwps214
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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