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

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BA SCORE
82
good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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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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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +29.5%

A - I like the cartoon-y pirate art on Clipper City's Heavy Seas series bottles. This one pours deep garnet hue that looks russet when not in direct light. The head holds at about one finger, and leaves TONS of really sticky fine lace on the glass.

S - Gooey toffee, caramelized sugar, banana flavored Laffy Taffy, dates, honeycomb, almonds, Worther's Original candies, molasses, and raisins. Holy shit. This is outstanding!

T - Much more hoppy in the mouth than in the nose, this is caramely, toffee laden, honey-sweet, but never cloying. Big time pine hops combine with a nice ethanol burn to make a pleasant flavor, but it's much milder than most Barley Wines that I've had. Maybe that's why this one is listed as an English version...I think all of the others that I've tried have been American, West Coast versions (ie Bigfoot).

M - Thick, rich, sweet, and round. The carbonation is luscious to the point of absurdity. This is beyond full bodied...I'd call it fat bodied or maybe buxom. Anyhow, the finish is dry and hoppy with a nice boozy burn in the back of the throat and a long lasting hop flavor that sticks to your teeth.

D - Outstanding beer. Not the best I've had, but damn close. This is definitely hanging close to that highest echelon of good beer. This is however, more drinkable than some more aggressive barleywines, and I could probably drink two or three, though I'd be a little bit tipsy after more than one.

10-24-2008 21:27:49 | More by pmcadamis
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beerenjoyer1

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +28.9%

I purchased this bottle at Peabody's Beer & Wine in Boone, NC.

A - Medium dark caramel color with carbonation with a thin foam.

S - Rich malty caramel with the scent of bourbon and alcohol but clean with no mustiness.

T - Nice malts with good blend of bourbon from the barrels with a shot of alcohol in each taste but blended in nicely.

M - Very nice and full of flavor that continue through the taste but is not over powering or intense.

O - This beer is very good and I hope to get more of this. The flavors and ingredients come through each savoring taste without being overpowering. if this beer is purchased as recently bottled it would a good idea to let it age as this bottle is close to 2 years old.

02-14-2012 23:47:39 | More by beerenjoyer1
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +24%

09-09-2012 04:05:31 | More by poopsmitherson
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GoGators

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-29-2013 15:01:21 | More by GoGators
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-06-2012 01:38:20 | More by aanakinskywalker
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Ghizmo

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-06-2012 02:53:43 | More by Ghizmo
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Erockss

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-09-2013 19:38:29 | More by Erockss
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-04-2012 20:03:01 | More by Lantern
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oelergud

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24%

2006 Release at 10% abv per the neck label.
Clear translucent golden brown body topped by a big pillowy and creamy off-white head. Low carbonation. Good retention and lace especially for a barleywine.
Some sweet lightly spiced malts carrying prune and raisens along. This brew has not warmed enough yet so I'm looking forward to the full barrage of scents once that happens. Marzipan and cookie dough shows up upon warmth.
Very well balanced. Seems hops are dominant one moment and then the malts appear to take over. Raisens, strong brown sugar, spice, resin hops with a kick of spiked pine and just enough citrus to be noticed. Even the aftertaste is balanced with the jumbled confusion of whats more powerful lasting until the end maybe with the hops finishing slightly higher.
The abv was kept well in check and was mostly noticed by it's effect rather than by it's flavor.
Full body and only a little coating yet leaving a feeling of slick sensation.
Highly drinkable save for the high abv.

-Oelergud

01-16-2007 00:01:31 | More by oelergud
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Sivad

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-04-2013 04:06:34 | More by Sivad
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-02-2012 18:37:54 | More by Beerme09
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NNY2DC

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

I was pretty pumped walking in to this new beer bar in DC on 14th street and they had this barleywine on cask. There was a nice two finger head that pumped out along with a nice malty dark base. The smell was roasty, toasty, chocolaty aroma and the taste to boot. I really liked this barleywine's mouthfeel and drinkability although take care with this one's 10% ABV. There's a slight hoppy finish as you put down the snifter and enjoy the complex flavors.

02-18-2010 21:38:43 | More by NNY2DC
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured a deep dark mahogany color with a small, subtle head that was creamy. Did not smell like your typical barley-wine.

taste was excellent with lingering dry fruit possibly black currants on the tongue. Nice smooth texture. Very drinkable. Hides the big alcohol in a complex taste.

06-09-2010 17:17:47 | More by Katahdin
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jsanto

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

s - on tap in phila. served in a large chimay glass.

a - light brown, with a little head.

s - i smelled pluims and fruit and a slight alcohol.

t - it started out carbonated, then mellowed into a fruit plum sweet barleywine, as it sat and lost some carbonation that was in there, which was not much to begin with.

m - the same fruit plum, but changed as it sat, since i slowly sipped it down. that was the fruit finish, got better.

d - it was good to get one on the way out. i would not want two a little to strong. but still i would want one.

03-06-2009 21:26:11 | More by jsanto
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dfillius

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Enjoyed in a snifter. This is the best English Barleywine I've had in a long time.

A: 1/2 finger of off-white head subsides quickly. Deep maroon with a chill haze. Easy on the eyes.

S: Rye, rich buttery caramel, toast, apple, cherry. This beer smells great!

T: Sweet with a hint of alcohol. Delightful! Supremely decadent: almost like a Werther's candy flavor. Magically it is not cloying.

M: Smooth, modest and pleasant heat.

D: Outstanding - I continue to want more sips as the last one lingers and teases.

10-30-2008 17:39:36 | More by dfillius
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CTbeerboy

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +22%

A- Cola brown, with no head but a bit of khaki lacing on the edges of the glass.
S- I got alot of woodsmoke and mollases on this one. Quite sugary and deep with some great caramel and dark fruit notes.
T- A bit sweet and very dry (astringent). There is a light alcoholic burn that lingers after the swallow.
M- Hits all parts of the tongue quite well. There is a nice smoky/alcoholic after taste that leaves me wanting more of this one.
O- Although a fairly decent Barleywine, Clipper City did nothing special. This is textbook and good, but not outstanding.

01-26-2012 22:27:40 | More by CTbeerboy
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

A - Pours a clear ruby with a decent head. Good lacing.

S - The aromas are fruity, malty and alcoholic with a pungent floral edge.

T - Flavourful and mellow at the same time. Nothing in this is overpowering - sweet, dark fruit, toffee, floral hops and bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Soft, creamy feel. Carbonation is just right - mild and barely there on the tongue. Finished dry.

D - One of the best balanced and barleywine's I've had. Rich, tasty and drinkable.

02-02-2008 04:44:03 | More by allergictomacros
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

2006 Vintage

Pours a nice dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, some toffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, spicy, and toffee/caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well with this one, as in not over-powering. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a treat for sure, thanks Joe.

02-09-2008 02:26:13 | More by Wasatch
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

Pours an amber-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth and malty with a decent whiff of raisin and dark fruit in the nose.

Taste is smooth upfront with a strong amount of raisin and dark fruit upfront. Not cloyingly sweet or too alcoholic. Seems easy to drink as well. Alcohol seems to be at a minimum.

Mouthfeel is full of alcohol heat and raisin at the back of the throat. Otherwise, smooth and highly drinkable.

This is definitely a good example of its' style. It's smooth,drinkable and proof that barleywines don't always need to be aged to be enjoyed.

03-01-2009 04:51:52 | More by Brad007
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thekanna

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

A: Gorgeous chestnut brown, somewhat clear, with not much off-white head.

S: Dates, brownies, tootsie rolls, dark fruits, plums, cocoa powder, and a large sense of chewiness. Phenols are also readily present in the background. Complex!

T/M: Smooth body with date, toffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors. Ends with a slight carbonated hoppy bite.

D: Another excellent offering from Clipper City. This one was great to sip.

06-21-2010 01:03:00 | More by thekanna
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dorkusmaximus

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

I greatly enjoy just smelling this beer between tastes. I get smokey caramel, subtle fruit, and a kick in the nuts. Smells big, and tastes big. I let these four bottles mellow for several months before tasting them, and the finish is silky smooth. My dog is insanely jealous watching me lovingly caress this beer. When drinking this beer, I even savor each belch.

I'm normally a hoppy beer guy, and this is one barley wine I can see me stealing again.

12-14-2010 02:27:09 | More by dorkusmaximus
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ccrida

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

12 oz. bottle, 2006 vintage. Served at 55F in my Russian River chalice, Below Decks is a hazy, ruddy brown with a small egg-shell head that leaves creamy lace.

Smell is rather nutty, some sweetness and fruity, but mainly just nutty, which I honestly don't love.

Taste is very fruity, grapes, a touch nutty, some spice, chocolate, orange and grape, similar to the nose but with a reverse of accent, really quite nice. Very well rounded, I dig the interplay of citrus and cocoa, a great winter warmer, with the high ABV totally hidden. This is my 3rd '06 Heavy Seas beer tonight, wow do these age well, arggh indeed.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth, a nice creamy carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability is high. I really dig this barleywine, and it has huge sentimental value in terms of reminding me of my childhood in Baltimore, and my early adult years in Pittsburgh, where I first discovered (and purchased this particular) beer. Factor in that it's a great value, and you've got a real winner. Sadly I can't get it on any type of regular basis any more, oh well. The good news is I still have friends in town who I will surely hit up for a resupply! While I haven't had this fresh, I'm sure it should be aged at least as long as the two years I did, it certainly didn't taste like it was getting to old, but very well rounded.

12-26-2008 08:42:59 | More by ccrida
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Wamba

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

This is a beautiful ale. Dark amber brown with an aggressive head on a hard pour from the 22oz bomber. Virtually no lacing.

I had this beer with Pesto Chicken and homemade whole wheat bread fresh from the oven. A perfect combination. The sweetness of the beer went well with the garlic kick of the chicken. The beer was almost a liquid version of the bread.

Malt, malt and then some more malt! Lots of malt with some caramel and dark fruit. Think fresh bread!

On the thick side, mild carbonation and smooth, smooth, smooth!

I was blown away by this ale. Sweet, smooth and strong! A classic malt bomb. I picked this one up on the recommendation of the local Friar Tuck's manager. Listen to your local beer man.

This beer will get heavy rotation at my house!

02-28-2011 15:01:32 | More by Wamba
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Brent

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

This isn't the most complex barleywine you'll find, but it struck me as being very well rounded, with nice depth of malt and fruit flavors, not overly sweet and potent without being overpowering. Flavorful and drinkable seem a rare combination in this category. Predominant caramel malt and raw cane sugar, with raisin and prune. Alcohol lent some black pepper notes at the end. One of the few barlewines I've wanted more than one of in a sitting, although this might be ill-advised.

12-27-2006 14:56:59 | More by Brent
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kevman527

New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Let sit for a while before pouring.

Appearance: Poured a big creamy head with decent retention, and has a rich copper color.

Smell: Very malty with notes of caramel, brandy, and brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet and maltly, yeasty with a brandy like taste with notes of cocoa, and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, low carbonation, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Being at 10%/abv I doubt I would have more than one of these in a sitting, but then again never say never. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

02-21-2008 23:27:57 | More by kevman527
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