Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer
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1.18/5 rDev -70.1%
Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Murky mahogany, it poured with a cream head with lacing.
S: What the hell... this is a very subtle aroma of fetid grapes, corny biscuit malt, chlorine, cranberry juice and mint. I really don't want to drink this, but I do, and...
T: Watery wine like cheap fruit juice, biscuit malt, some caramel with booze, Marshmallows!, a weird wood flavor. Is this poisoned? I think it's poisoned.
M: Thin with a weird froth.
O: Holy hell this is a mess. Terrible, terrible drainpour. This is a barleywine like Natty Ice is a lager.
It doesn't taste like it was infected... it just tastes like they meant it to be this mess.
04-07-2011 00:09:00 | More by ne0m00re
2.48/5 rDev -37.1%
This one is a gusher after opening. Fair warning.
dark ruby red/brown body with a thin cap that fades out into some continent looking bubbles.
The aroma is on the dark fruit side of the spectrum, sweet smelling, with a hint of alcohol.
Taste wise it is jammy, dark fruit, and the cabernet barrels seem to have imparted their likeness into this one. Some alcohol is present, grape, and oak tannins.
mouthfeel is smooth and low carbonation, medium body.
The cab barrels made this one interesting and unique, it was really cool to see what they did, but maybe not the best style to use them on.
03-25-2012 00:17:51 | More by ChadQuest
2.75/5 rDev -30.2%
Pours a dark muddy brown color that raises a bit of taupe head. Smell is a bit odd, the cabernet comes through with some vinous qualities to it, but the underlying sweet barleywine seems to fight with the cabernet. Caramel, toffee, and a bit of booze is there.
Taste just continues the problems for me, I feel like these flavor combos make for a hot mess. The cabernet struggles to peek out from under the sweet barleywine, and when it does, the wine tends to assert itself as an off-flavor rather than an integral part of the beer. I just don't really like the flavor profile here.
Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, making this already difficult process more difficult. I can't really fault that too much, however, as thick is typically the name of the game with English barleywines. Drinkability is dramatically hampered due to the flavor on this one. They just don't seem to meld together. It's got some promise to it, but largely I thought this beer was a mess. I would not buy it again.
08-30-2010 02:54:46 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
Having just had the regular and BBA versions, it is time to hit this one up. I'm anxious.
Murky, dirty brown with a nougat sheet of foam. There is the slightest, bloody red ruddy tone. The base beer smells profoundly of cocoa, this one has a hint, but mostly I get oak, red wine (cheap red wine), some hints of a tannic, metallic tone. Honestly reminds me of the nose on many Oud Bruins I've had.
Flavor does not follow the nose. Sweet, malty; infused with toffe and caramel tones this is accented with some fruity character, but nothing tannic. Some hints of raisin and if I reach, a little bit of juicy berry, but that's a stretch.
Medium on full bodied with low carb. Somewhat of a velvety feel. I'm unimpressed on how the barrel impacted this brew. It's nice, but I would take the regular, unaged version over either variants.
01-01-2012 07:00:59 | More by harrymel
3.35/5 rDev -15%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass.
This is an interesting looking beer, almost resembling mud when poured out. Had a small head that did not last more than 10 seconds. Smell immediately reminds me of red wine (as expected), chocolate - Tootsie rolls to be exact - as well as toffee, apple and a hint of coconut. Taste is bizarre, yet still enjoyable. First thing I noticed is the cabernet, followed by the caramelly malts. Did not taste one bit of hops. High alcohol content definitely shows in the taste, due to the wine barrel-aging, in my opinion. Wine was a bit overpowering and masked the other attributes of the actual beer. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. I was expecting it to be smooth and dull like a stout, but it was lightly carbonated and left behind a fruity, oaky flavor on the tongue.
Overall, I really enjoyed the complexity that this brew offered on the nose and tastebuds. I have only tried this style of beer once or twice before, and I think this is a nice interpretation. The wine barrel aging definitely throws a curveball - unlike anything I have ever tasted before, but again it's overpowering. Probably will not try again, but no regrets. Cheers
09-27-2012 01:21:50 | More by bensbeers
3.35/5 rDev -15%
1672nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
Split with my brother in law
Side by side by side with Bourbon/Cabernet
App- This was the color of a barleywine. A good and deep mahogany and tinged with red/browns. A bit of a cordial looking beer. A lighter center. Bubbles towards a 1/2" Had zero cling like the base beer.
Smell- This retained a faint note of the base barleywine and instead was more like a pure cabernet or more wine like than what I would say should be. Tannic, oaky, dark fruits and a bit of sweetness. Booze is very tame.
Taste- This was a pretty good barleywine. This was fairly sweet from the wine. A bit of sugars and booze. A good amount of malts on this one with a good amount of tannic flavors and a bit old.
Mouth- A lighter medium body with a creamy wine like flat carbonation. A couple bubbles danced but that was about it. The remaining flavors are of the oak and the wine. Not really picking up the maltiness or the citrus.
Drink- I think this was the least of the 3. The wine didnt do enough to layer but dominated. I liked that we did all 3 side by side. Its a nice beer, but not great. Probably wouldnt trade for this bottle again.
12-28-2012 18:41:50 | More by FosterJM
3.35/5 rDev -15%
served @ 55 F, bottle into snifter.
A: Dark, red brown, little head, no lacing.
S: Oak, brown sugar, not overpowering. Fruit, molasses?
T: Cabernet is very forward. Dark fruits, boozy, full on the tongue. Loose the barley wine characters in the barreling.
M: Dry, sides of the tongue, bitter lingering aftertaste. Much oak tannin lingers from the wine.
O: Different. Nice varietal, but not a go-to BW style wine. Will serve to my wine/cross over craft beer friends...
03-30-2013 00:46:37 | More by watsonmd
3.36/5 rDev -14.7%
In review is a 2010 Vintage.
A - Pours a deep burgundy caramel color with some yeast chunks (relatively few although it was carefully poured). Carbonation is light and steady and the appearance is very viscous as the glass is swirled.
S - The aroma is subdued with light caramel, toffee, dark red cab grapes, and some dankness.
T - The Cabernet lends some wine acidity followed with oak and underneath the two is a light caramel/toffee base. Wine presence from start to finish and ends with a subtle to moderate bitter wine bite. Alcohol is not at subdued and is boozy.
M - Thick medium body with a slight bit of wateriness on the finish, slick, and the carbonation creates very light pricklies but never being harsh.
O - It's interesting, 'not sure I would let the next bottle sit for 3-4 years like I did with this one. I predict this would be closer to the sweet spot in the 1-2 year range. Although not totally awful, 'just wouldn't recommend cellaring it this long.
03-11-2014 23:44:51 | More by jzeilinger
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
Slightly hazed ruby red with a nice off white half inch head with suprisingly good retention.
Muted aromas of date, caramel, currant, black cherry, hints of wood and a slight funky aroma?
Nice barley wine. Toasty oak with thick biscuity dark malts. Not overly sweet but the way I like a barley wine....english. Cab doesn't show through only slight notes of currant, black cherry, and bits of leather. A plum character on the finish. Finish is short and the beer lacks pop and resonation. Yet a nice drinker.
06-30-2010 22:41:19 | More by mcallister
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Have had previously (and enjoyed it much much more), but reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished #5 of 6 for me.
A - Pours medium brown with a nice light tan head
S - Weird nose with saurkraut, dark fruits and a little vanilla and oak
T - A mild sweetness, then a little bitterness but has a fantastic caramel finish. Taste overall is a bit strange, but not inherenetly bad.
M - Medium body and sharp carbonation
O - Okay, but nothing special. Just not that good. The nose is slightly offputting, but otherwise, just a solid barleywine with unique barrel aging.
12-27-2011 03:35:54 | More by ChrisPro
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
A: Clear brown out of the bottle, the beer rests a deep brown to black color with really only a teasing amount of head. The head rises up late in the game and disappears before you can really appreciate it, leaving behind no lacing.
S: The aroma is really nicely blended, but borders on too boozy. Deliciously sweet malts, sugar, and dark fruits. Certainly some hints from the barrel: oak, and maybe a light grape character.
T: The taste seems to be a strange mix of not enough barleywine and not enough from the barrel. Decreased sugary malts from the non-barrel aged version and some dark fruits mix with oak and far too much booze. Perhaps the wine barrels just didn't impart as much flavors as the bourbon barrel did. There's just not enough there.
MF: A bit thin on the body, and low on the carbonation. The finish was dry and boozy.
O: For all is faults I actually didn't mind this. The booze and wine characteristics are pretty interesting. I don't think it's a great beer, but I do like it.
03-08-2012 23:34:01 | More by russwbeck
Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
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