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Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks - Heavy Seas Beer

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 05-18-2010)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Duff27, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Zuidman, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

egrace84, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not at all what I was expecting with this one...

Upon pouring, it seems to be somewhat thin in body, as there is little head or lace. But it has body - the mouthfeel is soft but pretty heavy. Pours a very dark brown, almost purple.

The nose was a bit odd and nutty at first, but like most good barleywines, this one grows in complexity as it warms and opens up. Further along, it smells very much of dark fruit.

Not much wine comes through per se, but it's very sweet and fruity. Although my first impression was straight caramel. Caramel, strawberry, dark fruits and hazelnut - sums this one up nicely. Very decadent. Hides it booze better than the bourbon barrel aged version, but you'll feel the warmth from the abv rather quickly.

A very nice surprise, overall. Great for dessert or sipping by a fire.

Mongrel, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of watsonmd
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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...

watsonmd, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of shep8821
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

shep8821, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Colosdog
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Colosdog, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of HarryHood
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

HarryHood, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

PEIhop, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

bsuedekum, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of fatlabrats
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

fatlabrats, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip. Enjoyed on a cold, snowy night.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color with some nice ruby highlights. Pours a one finger, medium brown head that sticks pretty well to the glass. Interestingly enough, this is slightly darker than most barleywines.

Aroma: Caramel, figs and more dark fruit. The red wine barrel character is pretty assertive and lends a really interesting red wne, grape quality. Some toasted bread and strong molasses character as well. Definitely some alcohol as well between the red adn the base beer but it isn't too heavy at all. Really interesting.

Taste: My first sip was almost completely cabernet. Tasted so much like wine that I almost had to do a double take. There is absolutely no mistaking the type of barrels used for this as they are front and center. The red wine gives off some fruitiness, a little heat and a bit of a dry finish. As this warms, the base beer becomes clearer and starts to come into view. Some nice caramel and dark fruit. Surprisingly light and drinkable. I don't think this base beer has quite enough flavor to hold up to the assertive barrel. A really interesting beer that is tasty, but it also has quite a few glaring flaws.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than i would expect for a barleywine. The red wine from the barrels seems to give this a drier finish than normal for the style.

Overall, a really interesting beer with a strong barrel presence. The red wine notes dominate this at times and the base beer isn't quite strong enough to hold up to the wine barrels. Not a bad beer at all, but sometimes the wine is so strong, it takes over.

Gosox8787, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

nwatson, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

BeerThursdays, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Lantern, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of brewdude1982
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewdude1982, Jan 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

klipper, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

monitorpop, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Vintage 2012.

Really not much of a head produced at all, hits weak, but makes a little tan presence, and leaves a tiny pencil thin collar on the glass while enjoying. Body color is very cola like in presences with a faint red hint, but it does look like Coca Cola. However it is missing the soda giant carbonation, and this manages the thinnest bubbles around the edges.

Nose is quite varied, and different depending on first sniff and subsequent sips. However it's very sticky on first sip. Hints of toffee and caramel thick. Light oak sensations, vinous sense of wine heat, and hints of salt. Very varied and exploratory. After sips bring some vanilla and hints of soy sauce, and some grapey fruit character.

Very unexpected palate. The body shines with a real nice wine like feel, but with a smooth coating character. Malt backbone brings the depth though. Soy sauce salty character comes out a bit but also with a little sweetness. Aftertaste is varied in vanilla, and the caramel and toffee angle comes throughout. Mouthfeel is very light, lowly carbonated, not taking away from anything taste wise.

Overall there's a lot going on here, but it's quite enjoyable, and not too out of balance. It's a very unique barleywine to explore, but it may not be to ultimate tastes. I said a lot, and there's quite a bit to investigate. Also for 10% it is not very boozy, and very easy drinking. I am also not sure how well this would age. Drinking it now doesn't hurt.

smakawhat, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a serious barleywine and I should have aged it, but I am drinking it as-is (2012 vintage). As soon as you pour it there is an aroma that is thick and sweet. It is a very dark translucent reddish brown in the glass with a thin head. The aroma warns of the sweetness to come and the taste delivers.

It is thick and sweet as expected, with a hint of the barrel aged grapey sweetness. It seems as though I should be drinking this from some sort of wine glass instead of the pint glass I chose. The complexity hides the booze to some extent. This is a very satisfying barleywine.

The aftertaste similarly is sweet but boozy. The wine barrel taste lingers on the tongue. As with other Heavy Seas barleywines, this is one I would buy again. The bomber is a perfect vehicle for this.

schoolboy, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep burgundy. Sight off white head. Handsome brew.
Smell: quite intense. The wine is front and center with a strong vanilla, oak foundation. I much prefer bourbon in most cases but this is very interesting.
Taste: not as full and rich as the nose but the Cabernet is again, front and center.
Overall: this one has more depth than prev below decks.

cindyjeffsmith, Jan 04, 2013
Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
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