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

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BA SCORE
82
good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
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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mjw2808

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany color with less than a one finger head that leaves quickly and leaves some lacing. The smell is strong of grapes and raisons with a big malty note and some alcohol. The amount of malt kind of reminds me of a dopplebock. The taste is very similar with the exception that I picked up much more on the malt and less on the cherry. There was a clear booze bite as its going down, but not overpowering. There is a hop bitterness, but not nearly as strong as many other traditional barleywines that ive had. The mouthfeel is very smooth and enjoyable, causing it to be a very drinkable brew. A good beer from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:08:59 | More by mjw2808
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Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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