Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.51/5 rDev -3.3%
2012 edition, big beer, and probably not the best choice on the first real hot morning of summer, but whatever, it was next in line. this beer is dark amber in color like good maple syrup, and happens to both look and taste a lot like molasses. some yeast particles, and still showing a nice rich cream head. aromas of burnt sugar and slightly stale caramel malt. plenty of sugar, and plenty of booze. almost has an oak aged mellowness to it, and the alcohol never really shows up, which is possibly a product of its age. its a little too sweet for me in taste, lost in the zone between english and american styles with a strange and out of place hop profile too, which was likely more intense when this was fresh. baking spices in the finish, very autumnal, we probably should have saved this one until fall. big body that just gets impassable as it warms up. cloying sweetness and an interesting high gravity ale yeast. it didn't really hold up super well though, as the grains are a bit skunked out. not a bad brew, but not the crown jewel of the cellar by any measure either.
05-18-2014 21:13:01 | More by StonedTrippin
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Vintage 2009 from the Miller Bier Keller
Pours a coppery brown with just a trace of head and lots of sediment.
The smell when it is first poured is a caramel and port wine smell.
Taste, again when first poured and probably colder than it should be, very interesting.
Deep flavors great sipper. It is surprisingly sweet. The taste will most likely change as it warms.
Low carbonation but not overly thick.
I am a fan, I need to get some more and start the aging process.
01-23-2014 23:08:35 | More by confer
3.66/5 rDev +0.8%
It must be noted that this is a 4 year-old bottle (dated 2010).
Pours a dark ruby tone, with some sediment. Head is minimal, and lace is just a thin thread.
Nose is fruity, with dried figs, prunes, raisins, and fruitcake being the most prominent aromas I caught. Not bad, and pretty typical of aged barleywines, from my experience.
Taste is similar, with more dried dark fruit and sweet malty notes, and the hops have been muted, relaxed, and tempered with age. Even the alcohol content is slightly subdued. Enjoyable.
01-19-2014 20:52:14 | More by secondtooth
3.86/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle, 2009 vintage from the cellar, so at least 4 years old.
appears a deep fairly clear brown. mahogany colored highlights. not much head. boozy rich aroma, sweet toffee and raisins, nice. taste is all malty flavors, but not overly sweet. very smooth. lower carbonation, slick full body. appropriate for the style.
overall - the aroma is quite a bit better than the taste.
01-11-2014 06:06:49 | More by jmdrpi
Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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