Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4/5 rDev +10.2%
A red-hued medium-dark brown with some thickness to it but still somewhat opaque, this beer manages a thick cap of head that reaches just over one finger. It shows good retention, only fading slowly to a thick foam that offers good stick and quantity as it lays down a ring followed by patching.
Malty and sweet, this is definitely an English version of the style. Sweet breads make up the bulk with hints of ripe plum and raisin alongside caramel and toffee sweetness, but a floral hops note offers enough for good balance. Alcohol is warming and certainly noticeable at 10%, but never gets to be too much.
A thick and rich full-medium body isn't too filling but offers the support needed for a big brew. It's got enough crispness to be lively without biting too hard for a malt-heavy beer and enough smoothness to make for good drinking.
05-27-2013 14:37:22 | More by Brenden
4.19/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured 2012 year from 22oz bottle into crooked stave snifter. $4.99 at total wine in Norwalk, CT. Pours a deep maple syrup looking brown with red hue. Super sweet toffee and dried fruity buiscuity malt aroma. Some alcohol stings the nose...
taste is sweet biscuit malt with lots of sweet dried fruit, caramel, and molasses with a hint of tobacco bitterness. this is very very sweet...but still pleasant and the (assuming) noble hops really balance the sweetness with a nice bitter finish without an overpowering hop flavor or aroma. Its a big beer for sure...and just what I was in the mood for on this chilly rainy day.
05-12-2013 01:34:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.26/5 rDev -10.2%
22 oz bomber (2012 vintage) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a clear dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade. Nothing too noteworthy here, aside from the clarity.
S: Sweet. It's about as sweet as I expected, with many of the expected notes - caramel, raisins, figs, currants, and even a touch of bourbon. Aromatically, it should seem generic, but I find its sugary nature to be very enjoyable here.
T: There is a ton of dark fruit sweetness to start, later supplanted by a chocolaty, caramelly sweet finish. It's fairly uneventful with no real complexity - and no real flaws either. Just an average barleywine designed for dessert purposes.
M: The palate doesn't carry the sweetness that well; it only has decent viscosity and lacks the soft creaminess that would have given it a decadent feel otherwise. The gentle carbonation actually gives it reasonable drinkability.
O: Aside from the aroma, this one is average. I can't complain about it being overly sweet, as it's a pure dessert beer...I can complain about its lack of depth and middling feel, though. In addendum, the one I drank this with REALLY enjoyed it - then again, he isn't a fan of barleywines. Take that however you like.
05-05-2013 17:31:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
A- Very dark amber body with virtually no head, just a ring of white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Light comes through the body slightly.
S- Big sweet toasted caramel malt. Some sweetness comes through along with big bready malt aromas. Pretty much on par for an English barleywine.
T- Huge malt presence, mainly caramel malt flavor all the way through. The sweetness comes in towards the middle and leaves a pleasant sweet bread flavor. Finish is somewhat boozy, which is surprising for a beer that has been aged for about a year and a half.
M- Somewhat syrupy, but overall pretty good as a sipper. Drinks better as it warms up.
O- Pretty good barleywine. Nothing spectacular, but I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than the variants.
04-05-2013 01:40:12 | More by stephenjmoore
3.89/5 rDev +7.2%
2011 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass.
A - Pours a clear burnt red/brown color with a finger of light tan foam which fades away quickly. Average lacing.
S - Toffee, caramel, raisins, and some brown sugar. Light alcohol heat.
T - Similar to the nose with some toffee and caramel drenched raisins. Very much an English style BW. A bit boring and plain but still pretty tasty. Chewy and a bit slick, abv is well hidden.
O - For a $6 bomber of a very traditional English BW this is pretty solid stuff. Its also held up very well to two years of age (unlike their stout...)
03-15-2013 03:43:49 | More by davey101
3.61/5 rDev -0.6%
2012 vintage. Interesting beer I have on my hands here. The nose is nothing to point a stick at... very normal. Malty with some hops. You would think you were sniffing Alaskan Amber at first. Surprisingly, the nose on this beer doesn't grow. After it warms, it still smells malty and grainy. Taste is much different. Sweet vanilla and bourbon. Lovely oak flavors. This beer tastes delicious, just really lacks in the nose. Overall, not much complexity to this one. It has depth... but only when you're searching for it. No puns with the "sea theme"... just not a great beer. A tasty beer at best.
03-06-2013 08:10:21 | More by DovaliHops
Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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