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Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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Photo of JdoubleA
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in Maudite snifter

Appearance - Cloudy medium to dark brown, slightly amber. Head disappears quickly and leaves zero lacing

Smell - Boozy mild caramel, processed white sugar, some cabernet and wood notes

Taste - Almost cabernet-forward overall as it warmed, mild malty caramel and booze

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly under-carbonated, but style appropriate

JdoubleA, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev +1.5%

csurowiec, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great red wine barrel presence in both the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +1.5%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of KevinmusPrime
4/5  rDev +1.5%

KevinmusPrime, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of pnkRed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

pnkRed, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Sonofalime
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Sonofalime, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

buzzy, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, David.

Pours a murky brown color with a small beige head, no lacing. Aroma has plenty oak notes and a sharp vinous note with mild acidity, some booze, caramel, toasted nuts and brown sugar. Similar toasted wood notes in the taste, caramel, dark fruits, figs, alcohol. Fairly full-bodied and creamy, low carbonation. Drink surprisingly well.

Quite nice. Wine barrel notes and the sweetness from the Barleywine play well off each other.

EgadBananas, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

oriolesfan4, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Mantooth, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

PrimScrewhead, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DruRho, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ajtorres311
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ajtorres311, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

wisrarebeer, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of mozim
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mozim, May 14, 2013
Photo of whallgren
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

whallgren, May 12, 2013
Photo of MCDub
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

MCDub, May 10, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown with a reddish tinge. The head is fizzy and subsides in a hurry.

Interesting smell of concord grape juice, brown sugar, and prunes. The cabernet barrels add a nice touch.

The cabernet barrel contributes a nice touch of grapes but I wanted more of a tannic quality and it turns out more sweet. Anyway, it's still a nice touch. The finish is a brown sugar with a slightly dirty sweet potato-ish flavor. Slightly boozy, but not to shabby for 10%.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and has ample carbonation.

I liked this beer. From what I read in reviews of the base beer, that one's not that impressive. I thought the cabernet barrels added a nice touch to the barleywine and would be curious to see what it'd do with an acclaimed base.

Vonerichs, May 03, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jbaker67, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of crewfan16
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 vintage. poured from a 22 oz bomber. thanks again to runner440 for some successful trading. been looking to crack this for a while now but no one wanted to share so i said to hell with it and decided to try it by myself. i have high expectations seeing as I think red wine barrels would work nicely with barleywine flavors.

a- pours a very dark black/ruby with a thin layer or off-white head that doesnt last very long. really dark for a barleywine, almost looks like a stout or porter

s- stone fruit, maybe like a cherry or plum, chocolate, oak, molasses, a bit of hop presense. not much cabernet character, maybe the slightest hint of some tanic grape quality

t- there is some wine quality. a slight stone fruit tartness, followed by a bit of hops, more molasses and brown sugar sweetness, oak, finishes with some cherry and a bit of chocolate. as it warms a bit more oaky wine-type flavors emerge, but nothing strong at all. a complex barleywine, but still strikes me as a bit strange for some reason that i cant quite pin down.

m- for how sweet this is, it doesnt have that sticky thick quality that some barleywines have. it actually seems a bit on the thin side. for 10% abv it is not noticeable. very drinkable barrel aged barleywine

overall, i have mixed feelings about this beer. the barrel characteristics are not heavy handed and are not terribly noticeable. Having had the base beer, i cant exactly say that the cabernet barrels improved it. a tasty beer, but as far as barrel aged barleywines go, there are others out there that I can get much easier. im glad to have some more to age a bit, but overall, it didnt meet my expecations.

crewfan16, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Duff27, Apr 15, 2013
Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.