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Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2010

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 105
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Nose of medium-toasted malts, brown sugar, and liquid caramel. Traces of light, raw wood occasionally emerge in the background. Hints of toffee and vanilla when it warms, and brown sugars take on more of a molasses. I like how the wood in the nose gets darker, too.

Lots of luscious caramels on a foundation of whiskey wood. Hints of vanilla in the finish. ABV is quite well hidden, but emerges soon enough warming the tummy. After it really warms in the glass, the malts take on a dark molasses flavor. There's also some dark, bitter fruit in the finish after it warms and opens. In fact, this is what becomes the lasting impression of the latter half of the bottle.

Overall, a solid bourbon barrel-aged barleywine that impresses by the quality of its even execution rather than any single memorable aspect. Not a go-to like Insanity is, but definitely worth consideration.

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In review is a 2010 vintage.

A - When cold, pours an opaque burgundy brown color, as the beer warms in the chill haze subsides and leaves a nice, clear dark burgundy amber color, no carbonation, very little head retention, and very viscous when the glass is swirled.

S - Sweet toffee malt aroma, some bourbon, brown sugar, and dark fruit.

T - Very mellow and evenly blended: bourbon, toffee/caramel malt, dry oak, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon soaked plums. At 10%, there is alcohol effervescence, but no burn.

M - Medium body (on the heavier side of medium), slippery, sticky, and coats the mouth.

O - Held up pretty well for being four years old and enjoyably mellow.

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