Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
Appearance: pours a ruddy red with a cream colored head
Smell: instant notes of dark fruit, possibly dried figs or dates, followed by caramel, reminiscent of sticky toffee pudding
Taste: enters with sweet malty goodness, and a rich fruity depth, balanced nicely by a fading hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich and complex without the alcohol burn (until it warms a little above proper temp) that might be expected with a 10%. The cabernet barrel aging is most evident in the dry finish.
Drinkability: While it's not exactly a "summertime" beer here in the south, it makes a fine dessert beer or accompaniment to strong cheeses with some good funk to them. Not something you can have more than one of in a night, but one is certainly enough to leave you satisfied.
06-11-2010 20:52:44 | More by asnow
4.64/5 rDev +17.8%
Appearance: Deep mahogany
Smell: Brown sugar and wine
Taste: Red wine start, Barleywine middle, Warm boozy finish
Mouthfeel: Body like Monica Bellucci
Overall: This is a treat for Barleywine fans. You can tell the pre-aged barleywine didn't stray too far from the template but what a difference the cabernet barrels make. Adding that touch of red grape up front makes for a tasty and unique experience. At $10 per bomber, it's worth every penny.
07-07-2013 19:43:39 | More by PrimScrewhead
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Another especially dark barleywine for me, I appreciate the frothy head. Head with lasting power and beautiful legs that spread with a swirl, it looks oh-so-appealing.
I like the nose. I reach for more of a Cabernet influence, but something tempers that English-style toffee that predominates most barleywines of this style. I like that.
It's neat. There's more oaky dryness than is typical, and I attribute that to the wine barrels. In fact, I think it balances the barleywine perfectly. Many of us love beer so much because of the seemingly infinite ingredients, and I must say that the wine barrel-aging evidences that beers are the alcoholic cream of the crop! Can you imagine aging a wine in a beer barrel? It's its adaptability that makes a good beer go great. Again, it's the oaky dry touch tampering that sweetness that makes this one spot-on. A well done, mutiny style beer to which I'm likely to return--for me, the flagship of the Heavy Seas Fleet.
01-22-2012 19:36:09 | More by marvin213
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
A - dark brownish amber with a thin white head
S - candy sugar, bread, dark fruit
T - caramel, dark fruit, candy sugar
M - smooth, full bodied, sticky, a bit dry
This is a very nice English-style Barleywine. It's exceptionally malty with a big though not cloying sugary present. The dark fruits come through as well. I couldn't put my finger on it, but raisins and figs and possibly dates all made their presence known. I do love a good Barleywine, and this one had it all: balance, hidden ABV, drinkability, maltiness, full flavor, and full body. This is definitely worth a try.
01-19-2013 20:09:26 | More by tdm168
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
2011 Vintage (aged for over a year in cabernet barrels)
A - Muddy-dark mahogany, thin soapy off white head, light lacing.
S - Wonderful oak, red wine, chocolate scents.
T - Very oaky, hints of vanilla, chocolate, & caramel sit atop the massive fermented dark fruit flavors, the cabernet leaves a slight alcohol & tart flavor as well as a dry finish to the beer.
M - Because this was aged for over a year in the cabernet barrels it really smoothed out well, but still is is heavy, low carbonation.
O - Excellent beer, the year in the barrel really made this an over the top experience!
12-21-2011 22:41:36 | More by Rickythejeweler
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a great brown and ruby hue with a nice tan thick bodied head.
Smell is deep syrup and malts with a light wine.
Taste hits malts and strong syrup that mellows with cabernet esters.
Finish is long lasting and the flavor of dark fruit pits.
Drinks amazingly at 10% with too sweet and smooth taste to hang up anyone.
09-11-2010 02:13:24 | More by ThaBobfather
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
Very interesting beer! Poured into my crystal mug, I was surprised of how cloudy the beer was. I almost wondered if it was not a spoiled specimen. The color was deep brown with a little red. A two finger high tan head was building and left ok lacing.
The smell was very complex and was dominated by dark fruit and especially by a woody, earthy flavor, like the sediment in a wooden wine barrel.
Tasting the beer those flavors are confirmed, but softened by some caramel notes upfront. In the middle the wine and grape notes dominate, and at the end some mild hops give some balance.
I liked this beer and would buy it again.
01-16-2012 05:02:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
This was a bomber poured into a snifter.
This pours a dark amber and has a slight head. It smells like figs and malts. It tastes really sweet with figs and a little pineapple. It has a good body and decent carbonation. Great barleywine. I would recommend.
01-12-2013 22:03:18 | More by brewdude1982
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
A-This beer pours a light-blocking brown. When held up to the light, there is only mild penetration. Despite an aggressive pour, the head is nothing more than a bubbly, disconnected peninsula of carbonate.
S-This is a very, very interesting nose. The majority of the nose represents the Barleywine aspect. This aspect of the beer is rich with molasses, brown sugar, and rich toffee maltiness. There is a hefty wave of warm chocolate too. But the other semi-substantial percentage of the nose is characterized by the Cabernet barrel aging. The aging lends an extremely pleasant vinous and earthen aroma dimension. I cannot tell if I am more intrigued or satisfied by the nose of this beer.
T-I may be equally as impressed by the actual flavor as I was by the nose. To me, this beer tastes like grape-flavored maple syrup. This has elements of: grape jam, brown sugar, toffee, tobacco, and tree bark. The Cabernet barrel aging really added a spectacular dimension to this beer. There are simply too many flavors to discuss. It is a bit rough around the edges, but I love the coarse finish of this beer.
M-Heavy body. Soothing carbonation. Alcohol is obvious. Sticky and syrupy. Dries the tongue.
O/D-This beer is very impressive. The Cabernet barrel aging added a shocking amount of complexity to this beer. Its a big, rough, yet deep brew. I suggest you try this beer. Under $7 dollars for a bomber too. The mixture of intense Barleywine sweetness and decorated vinous flavors make this beer an absolute gem.
01-27-2012 04:46:54 | More by VelvetExtract
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
On-tap 1/10/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste is very creamy and starts with strongly sweet flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in and the wine flavor is quite evident. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer to drink for a while.
01-15-2012 23:52:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Courtesy of markwise over on ratebeer. It pours clear mahogany with tan head. The aroma is nice with sweet musty pine hop enhanced malts, wood spiciness, sweet / tart raspberries and molasses. The taste begins with sweet malts, molasses, thick sludgy malts, some caramel and pine hops. I dig this. By midway I get modest levels of red skinned berry fruity, cherry, faint red wine notes and some woody barrelness that provide a pleasing balance to the sweetness. Well done.
02-13-2011 20:36:15 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Thinnish offwhite head, murky red-brown body. A bit of lace. Head fizzles away like cola.
Smells like aged malt, some grape must, and a bit of shoe leather. Awesome.
This is definitely on par with the bourbon barrel version-- sweet and slightly tart grapes take the place of coconut, oak is sublime throughout. The toffee and malt backbone is phenomenal.
Nice and smooth, but kinda lingers on/coats the palate, but this is only a slight negative. Just drink water afterwards (which is a good policy anyway).
This ends up drinking like one of the best English style barleywines south of J.W. Lees. And a hell of a lot cheaper at that.
02-03-2012 02:38:06 | More by zaphodchak
Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
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