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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

795 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | 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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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep clear amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Aroma is very floral with a good amount of sweet malts and caramel.

Tastes of malts, caramel, floral hops, and biscuit. Clean hoppy finish. The 7.5% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Easy drinking, smooth, and an enjoyable winter ESB.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:38:51 | More by Monkeyknife
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Danny1217

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-25-2012 04:16:19 | More by Danny1217
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2012 20:37:10 | More by amnesia85
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2011 20:23:47 | More by AngusOg
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billybob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2013 15:51:28 | More by billybob
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass leaving a decent lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma with a dark fruit caramel noise.

T: Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor that finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – not my favorite heavy seas brew – but worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:42:56 | More by ckollias
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-07-2011 13:30:40 | More by ROGUE16
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-21-2013 08:18:50 | More by jaxon53
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat hazy copper-orange color (when held up to the light). Lots of bubbles following a medium pour...some big..some small..leaving a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a good mix of hops and malts. Nothing crazy, but a nice aroma never the less.

Taste: This beer has a very pleasent bitterness, but it rounds out nicely into some earthy flavors on the back end for a somewhat smooth finish with some lingering hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of stickiness from the hops. I like where the carbonation is on this beer...just enough.

I could definitely drink a few of these, but the alcohol would start to catch up to me after that.

Morey's Bottom Line: I like this beer a whole lot. Not necessarily ground breaking, but it's darn good. This and Loose Cannon are my favorites from Clipper City although I've yet to try the Barleywine.

If you like Southern Tier Old Man Winter, then I highly reccomend this beer. Very similar in style and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:23:35 | More by Morey
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a notched 'best before date' that was last month, poured into a tulip, yields a sparkling clear, sexy, glowing red-gold body crowned with two fingers of sticky white foam. Lacing commences immediately as the head draws to a finger that retains nicely, and continues all the way down the glass.

Smells richly grassy and grainy; earthy, with sweet floral honey and a citrus character and a rich, tangy, smoky caramelized fruity sweetness, like char-grilled pineapple, lurking.

Taste is kickass and complex; the "aging" did this beer well; buttered caramel flavor/feel with candied lemon rind, the sniffed grilled pineapple, and molasses, rich and mature, dried by an earthy, gritty finish.

Lucky to find this on a local grocer's shelf. 5.99 for the six. "Out of date", my ass! Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 01:53:09 | More by cvstrickland
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Tone

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, rich amber color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops, then some sweet malt come through, there's some nutty and biscuit aromas as well. Fits the style of a Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. A noticeable dryness is present as well. Tastes of hops up front, then sweet malt, then the nut flavors and dryness are present, an interesting yeast flavor, a slight alcohol flavor come through in the middle, and the finish is again hops. Overall, not quite what I was expecting from an ESB, but surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 03:52:12 | More by Tone
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Bito401

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-04-2012 15:26:20 | More by Bito401
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Pharkle

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-16-2011 20:16:49 | More by Pharkle
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look on this brew comes out a nice hazy reddish amber color, with streaks of yellow and orange highlights when held up to the light. It poured with a nice thick and deep, off white head that has pretty good retention. It left nice patches of foamy lace as it when down the sides of the glass.

This brew had a very decent nose. The front is a nice caramel malt. It is then followed with a nice bread/biscuit flavor that feeds well in the touch of grapefruit and other citrus aromas. Its really seems to develope a bit as the brew warms. Smells very balanced.

The flavor on this brew is very tasty. There is a great flavor of dry malts of caramel and nice biscuit flavor that seems to feed well into the citrus flavors that were present in the aroma. Its very balanced and the grapefruit flavors give it just enough bitterness. It has a nice, small punch of alcohol in the flavor, that balances it out very well.

This is a medium bodies brew that has a nice smooth and dry finish. Its has a bit of an alcohol touch that gives it a nice warming feel, but allows the flavors to hold on and give it a nice filling touch. I liked it.

This brew has pretty decent drinkability, its a nice well rounded brew. Its a nice hardy winter brew. I would surely reach for this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:51:53 | More by mattgreger
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-22-2012 04:08:06 | More by abcramer
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-28-2013 22:38:57 | More by NumberNone
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-21-2013 19:28:50 | More by InspectorBob
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-31-2014 20:46:17 | More by TripelMark
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-30-2013 01:01:25 | More by Boone757
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AndersonGT

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-04-2014 23:48:38 | More by AndersonGT
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2011 00:59:43 | More by notdriving
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-14-2012 07:59:42 | More by mater
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kkipple

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Flying Saucer in Columbia.

A. 3cm sticky, lacy head caps off this rusted-traincar brew. Still and clear. Nice.

S. Toasted toffee, a little... orange? Hm. Restrained hop citrus notes, sweet, clean and touches of dark bread and ripe red apples. This smells good, and actually smells somewhat ESB like.

T. Citrus hops with a bit of pine and sweet, toasty malt blend well here. The malt is more forward, as you'd expect from an Imperial ESB. The hops come through at the finish and leave a pleasing bitter, lingering aftertaste to complement the roasted, nutty malt notes. I like this and am impressed that the hops aren't running wild as they do in so many American Imperial-ized styles. (Sam Adams Imp Pilsner, I'm looking at you.)

M. Easy to drink, about the right mouthfeel for an ESB, little thicker. Crisp, medium body and smooth.

D. Pretty good for a 7.5% brew. I liked it and had another.

An unexpected find from Clipper City, this is surely the best "Imperial ESB" I've had -- not that I've had many -- but it's all around above average beer. Lacks brew magic, yet solid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 15:40:24 | More by kkipple
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2014 11:57:26 | More by IPAFrankieH
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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