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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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4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a hazy orange-brownish color leaning into mahogany, Heavy Seas Winter Storm gives an initial top note of hops. As it opens up, there’s elements of orange peel, subtle woodsy notes, and elements of cacao. There’s just the slightest trace of bread. On the palate it starts bright, slightly bitter with flavors of citrus, pine, and an earthiness that’s almost slightly herbal. The hop flavors are plentiful, the but the malt plays back up, with notes of subtle biscuit, burnt sugar, and toast. The body is thick, noticeably carbonated, bright, and focused on hops leaning into the bitter side of the spectrum. The ending comes alive has elements of unlit mild cigars, dried herbal notes, bread, burnt sugar, and hits of citrus pith. The finish is long and complex.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium born in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to an uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: toffee and malt;

T: nicely balanced; malty with a little toffee; long, moderately bitter finish with a little spice;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; alcohol is present, but not overwhelming; dry finish;

O: a little hoppier that your average ESB, which makes me happy;

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

had beer on tap. was good.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JimKal
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Pours a dark amber with a tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind. It is a bit on the boozy side for an ESB and has a strong caramel aftertaste that just doesn't work for me.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a copper/amber-ish color with a one finger head which disapated to a thin layer pretty quickly. Nice look and carbonation.

Had a nice toasty caramel smell along with some fruits; a little citrus note as well. I really liked the initial smell of hops there…

Definitely malt forward with with some bitterness up front; (a faint) citrus flavor along with something that is a bit herbal tasting to me.

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth; medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall pretty good beer; not overly bitter and very bright. I have not had a lot of ESB style beers so this review may need to be tweaked a bit over time as I taste more.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.