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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
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hopscat, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

salamiwagon, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

cmak316, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jwps214, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium amber with red hue that has a nice head that laces and retains well. Nice light nose of biscuit malt with a touch of hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice balanced flavor of caramel malt sweetness and bitterness against a mild hop flavor, which I believe is East Kent Goldings. Finishes clean with malt sweetness followed by the bitters. My first sampling of Heavy Seas products, and this one outstanding. A nice change of pace for winter warmers that is expertly done.

tillmac62, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sanitarium16, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kmos27, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Zach136, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

podes, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ConradKenney, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mikehillman, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I forgot about this one, when I poured this beer it has a light reddish color body with a cc full 2"white head. The was of dark fruits and malt. The taste has some dark fruit notes and caramel to it. The malt comes in on the tail end. The mouthfeel is ok and overall it is ok beer, just not my style.

chefhatt, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark copper in color with a thin white head on it. Aroma is of caramel, figs, dark fruit. Tastes about right for the style (imperial ESB). Malt dominated with biscuit, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Followed up with intense hop bitterness and restrained hop earthiness and spiciness. Carbonation is a bit high and gives it a bite that detracts from the rest of the beer.

Overall a very nice example of what I'd expect from an imperial ESB. Let it warm up and flatten a bit before drinking, however.

spokeydonkey, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Dduquette, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

lauries444, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

crowsnest, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Boone757, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NumberNone, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Baab200, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

dcbeers, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

wollefdoogylloj, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BillRoth, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- a nice clear mahogany with one finger of creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

S-earthy aromas with some subtle malt notes in the background.

T- an interesting flavor. Initially the traditional ESB notes of caramel and dark fruit are prominent but quickly give way to a nice seasonal spice blend.

M- smooth and pleasingly full on the palate.

O- not a bad beer but I wished for more focus on the esb aspects of the beer.

delta490, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

chrishiker1409, Nov 23, 2013
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.