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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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812 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jlove5, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mendvicdog, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a tan head the falls to just about nothing. Thin Spotty lace.

Picking up sweet caramel malts in the nose backed by an herbal hop aroma.

Taste is similar with a noticeable caramel malt base flavored with bitter hops. Does a good job of hiding the alcohol.

The beer is much fuller in the mouth than the appearance would lead you to believe. Also a bit biting.

Not bad at all. Easy enough to drink, I'd say a good solid brew.

dstc, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Irish57, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

pathman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with a hearty malt character, a strong hops bitterness and background flavors of caramel and citrus. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a slightly stronger beer in this style.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a recommendation from a buddy. Solid beer for sure, a nice tasty ESB with a good punch behind it. Pours a solid light brown color with a nice head and a touch of lacing. Nose is citrus hops balanced well with the malt. Tasty is leans into IPA territory; strong hoppiness, with a subtle ESB-saltiness. Then a good mix of caramel malt. A very light hint of alcohol. Solid body with good carbonation. Overall, a fine and tasty beer.

Birreria Paradiso/$6.25/Pint

soupyman10, Apr 11, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

pogoowner, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Drknight, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lantern, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mjanderson, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Monkeyknife, Jan 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Danny1217, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

amnesia85, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

billybob, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

ckollias, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jaxon53, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Morey, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

cvstrickland, May 23, 2008
Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Tone, Mar 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bito401, Feb 04, 2012
Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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