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Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005)
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jds16, Oct 18, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2009 vintage, cellar aged and purchased off the shelf at a local store for $5.

A- Pours a murky brownish with a golden hue, slight translucency, decent amount of floaties, almost completely flat with just faint carbonation here and there.

S- Light toffee and caramel muted by cardboard oxidation, not bad but not overly flavorful or aromatic, definitely showing it's age.

T- Light muted toffee, caramel, and butterscotch, just a very faint hint of tartness attributed by the age, finishes with light cardboard oxidation and very faint smooth caramel. Overall the age has smoothed this out nicely but the flavors are very muted with some definite oxidation poking through.

M- Very flat with some light carbonation here and there (doesn't completely ruin the beer though), booze is definitely present but fairly smooth for the age.

O- I've had my fair share of aged beers. While this wasn't terrible, for the style it could be doing a lot better. I've had beers aged 5x longer that have held up much better. While it was definitely worth the $5 to try, it's not something I'll be going back to try anytime soon.

jaasen64, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

medraut, Sep 23, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

alexn33, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

itchytasty, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BostonPhilly, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

wrightst, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

rbfurr3, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

JDeming, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Liverocks, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Anvilfarm, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

justme, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

randylangford, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

StonedTrippin, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

taospowder, Apr 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Brewski, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JCarey, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

davidwhatshisnam, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

VeganUndead, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Monstro, Jan 29, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

confer, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

AndersonGT, Jan 23, 2014
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