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Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer

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89
very good

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2010)
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-08-2013 08:00:46 | More by GratefulEdd
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RWNay

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

12-03-2013 20:12:43 | More by RWNay
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%

11-26-2013 21:48:59 | More by mendvicdog
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-24-2013 20:36:01 | More by BillRoth
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crewfan16

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage bomber poured into a central waters snifter. had several different varieties of this beer, including the base beer and have all been good so I have high hopes for this bottle. thanks again runner440 for the good trades over the past few years.

a- dark ruby brown in color with very little light showing through. a little darker than the average barleywine. not a ton of carbonation as the slightly off-white head fades quickly.

s- lots of bourbon booziness and oak character on the nose. a bit of fruit, maybe raisin. a bit of caramel and vanilla.

t- follows the nose. lots of bourbon barrel initially followed by a tinge of fruitiness. some caramel, breadiness, a bit of bitter hops then the boozy bourbon on the finish. really tasty but seems to lack a little bit of balance. booze is just a tad overpowering

m- slick feel really sticks in the palate. very little carbonation. some boozy tingle at the end.

overall, a little disapointed because it didnt reach the heights i was hoping it did, but overall a pretty good beer. perhaps i need another one to lay down for another year or two and see if the booze mellows a bit and try it again. anyone want to trade :)

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 02:52:03 | More by crewfan16
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davet100

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-07-2013 18:49:47 | More by davet100
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2013 10:58:21 | More by nrbw23
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core42

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-03-2013 00:10:27 | More by core42
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, and light booze. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown bread, raisin, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark malt and barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA Barleywine! All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 06:04:59 | More by superspak
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

10-17-2013 23:45:51 | More by kbuzz
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JdoubleA

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served into a Maudite snifter

Appearance - medium-dark reddish brown. Small temporary head with some lacing present.

Smell - Alcohol, caramel, toffee, oak, and bourbon.

Taste - Intense bourbon alcohol. Caramela nd molasses with a small note of coffee.

Mouthfeel - Slick and coats the tongue a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 14:24:00 | More by JdoubleA
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-14-2013 01:24:56 | More by Brewski
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delta490

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear ruby red. A slight bit of head is present on the pour but there is almost no head retention.

S- deep dark fruit and oak.

T- this is where this beer shines. Notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and oak bounce off and play with each other. The interplay is fantastic.

M- silky smooth with no carbonation or bite

O- a delicious and complex beer with great depth. Aged for about a year and it seems to have made this beer great.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:03:52 | More by delta490
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2013 02:59:32 | More by generallee
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2013 02:09:41 | More by firstlighthiker
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-05-2013 23:57:36 | More by MrBoh
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SA PP glass. Beer is a medium brown color, very hazy, with a one fingered mocha head that quickly recedes leaving a fine lacing in the middle of the beer and around the edge of the glass.

S: The bourbon notes from the aging process are fairly aggressive here with little of the traditional barleywine notes making their way through. Some dark fruits are present in the mix with a tiny bit of spice as well.

T: Delicious notes of sweet caramels, oaked vanilla and of course the bourbon meld together in the primary taste with hints of spice and some dark fruits present closer to the finish.

M: Somewhat thick and oily on the tongue with a low amount of carbonation combines well for this full-bodied beer. There is definitely a boozey quality after the finish with the alcohol making itself present, but not obtrusive.

O: Overall, great. I'm really enjoying this beer, it's definitely different than a traditional barleywine, but for a bigger, heavier beer, this is delightful.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 16:07:17 | More by Daktyls
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%

09-14-2013 04:15:57 | More by sendbeer
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

09-13-2013 19:14:31 | More by KevinmusPrime
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

09-05-2013 01:13:29 | More by mtpHokie
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear, very dark ruby, with a soft, fizzy, light tan head.

Smell: Spiced rum is at the forefront, with dark fruits close behind. a harsh phenolic smell warns that the bourbon quality to this beer may be strong enough to detract from its other qualities.

Taste: The bourbon taste is almost too obvious, with sticky sweet molasses and caramel sundae topping barely balanced by the mild bitterness. Dates and plums add some complexity, but also add to the overt sweetness, heightening an unbalanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, with medium carbonation. The tongue gets coated in numbing bourbon before the alcohol warmth moves on to the back of the throat. Could use some more bubbles to balance out the sweetness.

Overall: A decent barleywine, but one that lacks the complexity of other versions, partly because its bourbon character is distractingly high. There are many tasty flavors present, but most of them are too sweet, creating an unbalanced combination.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:10:01 | More by BethanyB
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

09-01-2013 16:50:29 | More by HoistinBrews
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Evarigan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

08-22-2013 19:44:04 | More by Evarigan
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2013 05:36:12 | More by oriolesfan4
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-16-2013 02:50:51 | More by kevgod
Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
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