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Heavy Seas - Smoke On The Water - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 06-20-2010)
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Photo of jjboesen


4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

This tasting is based on a snifter enjoyed at RFD in Washington DC - it was a Happy Hour Special - to be honest.

It boasts a body as black as the night. This body is crowned by a flimsy head of translucent foam; there is no lacing on the glassrim. Before you is a snifter of tar (not really, but let's make it visual, shall we?)

The nose emits an intense cocoa powder with subtle specks of pepper. As for the palate: well, first there is the molasses facade mortared with bricks of brown sugar, both of which end in a swift kick of syrupy malt that camoflogues a sharp snap of hoppiness. Despite all of these goings on, there is really nothing that suggests smoke. Not there, where is it?

Still, this is a nice little quaffer from Hugh of Halethorpe. Generally tasty, but lacking any complexity whatsover. And, really?, what's wrong with that. If you see it on the shelf ot the tap, check it ut for thine own self. Smoke onthe Water. The fire in the sky.

12-04-2011 01:39:01 | More by jjboesen
Photo of jmfc8237


4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-03-2011 23:20:39 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of sulldaddy


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Beer pours a rich cola brown color with minimal fizzy beige head that fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and some brown sugar mixing with a littel roasted malt, am I missing the smoke? I just dont find it anywhere :(
First sip slightly thicker than average body with silky texture and very gentle carbonation.
Flavor is sweet choclate and molasses then rolls to roasted malt and finally a little bit of campfire ash. Very little mind you. As a smoked porter this fails, but as a robust porter, I like it. Dont expect smoke but it is a solid malty big porter that isnt boozy but seems big on each sip.

12-03-2011 05:48:56 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-02-2011 20:21:46 | More by AngusOg
Photo of bconsidine


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-02-2011 16:42:42 | More by bconsidine
Photo of deapokid


3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-25-2011 16:57:24 | More by deapokid
Photo of homebrew311


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into oversized snifter.

A: pours a opaque black, 1 finger of dark brown head initially, this reduces to a thin film quickly. No lacing.

S: rauch malt shows up in the front, smokey campfire quality this sits atop roasted barley, some sweet molasses in there as well

T: the taste is intensely roasted, the smoked malt gets muddle a bit by chocolate and coffee, some bitterness on the end. Things are a little lacking in the balance department.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: this brew is tasty, but kind of uninspired. The smoke doesn't really take center stage, much more of a subtlety than its namesake infers.

11-23-2011 07:45:43 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Gatordaddy


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-18-2011 23:08:09 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 22:29:22 | More by nmann08
Photo of bmur112


4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 21:35:56 | More by bmur112
Photo of Yoshio


4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 00:48:01 | More by Yoshio
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +8.4%

appearance: deep dark color with tan head retention

smell: chocolate, tad smoke

taste: more of a chocolate flavored beer than smoke. sublte smoke, heavy chocolate

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: good beer, just not a smokey as the title of the beer.

11-14-2011 02:13:11 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of DaveBlack


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Extraordinarily thick, totally opaque and black as midnight. The Head is small, brown, with a really long retention and a lot of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty disappointing aroma, mostly because there basically isn't one. Some darkly roasted malts, but I have to search to even find that.

T: The taste makes up for the nearly nonexistent smell. Big, sweet chocolate malts up front, which fade into a gentle oaky/smoky flavor. Fairly sweet, but not cloyingly so.

M: Thick, very heavy body and not much carbonation.

O: Pretty good beer. Not incredibly interesting or complex, but fairly solid. A little too sweet for my taste, but still good.

11-12-2011 02:41:48 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Picked this up at the little Market near the Gaylord National Harbor as well. A great find. I tend to like smokey aromas and tastes. This one is nice and not overwhelming in the smoke area and is aoverall a tasty balanced porter.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that left some nice lacing in my recently rinsed and dried glass. No way to get this glass truly clean as I would have like at the hotel but the fact that some lacing is sticking points to a measure of success.
Smell is slightly smokey, some coffee notes, some sour yeasty porter notes a nice clean balanced smell overall.

Taste is a complex mix of espresso, anise, some and some slight fruity sweetness with a long arid finish. Wow! Dry somehow seems inadequate arid is the only word that comes to mind. Like someone took a towel to mouth and dried it out...

Mouthfeel is substantial. At first oilly with tingly carbonation and a quickly drying finish that leaves a film on the tongue that lingers for quite sometime...

Overall a tasty warming porter. I think the smoke is an asset and not at all overwhelming.

11-06-2011 22:48:49 | More by Citadel82
Photo of KAP1356


3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

22 oz bottle split with a buddy watching some hockey last night. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass...

A - Pours a pretty pitch black color that has an occasional brown hint when held to the light. A brownish head formas about 1 finger thick and retains nicely.

S - A nice smokey, leathery aroma right out front. Some slight roasted malt and chocolate aroma comes out, but burnt wood chips really take the stage in the aroma.

T - Smoke seems to be the name of the game here. All that really stands out is a rich, grilled BBQ flavor. Some roasted malt comesa through, but is really overshadowed by the smoked flavors.

M - Thinner feel than I was expecting. Light to medium bodied beer (on the border of medium) with a smooth carbonation.

O - Not bad. Not the best smoked porter I've ever had, but certainly not the worst. Delivers what it says it will.

11-06-2011 19:31:24 | More by KAP1356
Photo of engagechad


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Had this on tap at Station 2 in Richmond VA - pint

looks amazing, very dark with dark head, very generous foam. Smells nice a smokey like a barbeque. Taste is okay however the booze knocked my socks off in a bad way.. very solventy. Counldn't finish the beer.

11-04-2011 16:15:15 | More by engagechad
Photo of smakawhat


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured on tap at Alewife in Baltimore into a mug.

A simple dark black/brown body in appearance poured and presented with perhaps a one finger head that is a light cocoa brown in color.

Nose is just a mild smoke, some small roast, but a big strange sweet smell of grape juice. What the heck is this? This is real odd.

Unfortunatly that grape smell was no lie. The palate is just filled and rolling with Welch's style sweet grape juice all over. I can litteraly taste barely anything else on this at all. Texture and feel is perfectly fine and decent, surprisingly not syrupy with all the sweetness present.

Overall this is far too sweet, far too strange tasting (sweet grape juice and smoke just don't mix), and not what I look for in this style at all. It's drinkable but also kind of gross, I won't be having this again.

11-02-2011 14:32:44 | More by smakawhat
Photo of JayS2629


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured a very dark brown/almost black with a thin white head that fades fast and left ok lacing.j

The aroma was of chocolate and smoke with woody elements and earty hops. Nice roasted edges with coffee hints and campfire.

The taste follows the nose. Nice, semi-sweet chocolate with roasted hints are accented with a faint smokey, woody, bitter finish that lingers.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated,

Overall, nice balance. Easy to drink. I enjoyed.

10-31-2011 03:01:24 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Crossmd


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured at Jack Brown's Harrisonburg, VA probably 48 degrees Fahrenheit into a shaker pint.

Came an opaque black, dark brown reflections with a thin light brown cap. Thick, sticky lacing left on the inside rim of the glass.

Smelled of little more than a light tobacco smoke and some roasted malt. Not well projected.

Taste is a richly bitter, even slightly astringent chocolate drying down into a hint of smoke. Slick, oily mouthfeel dries down inside of a relatively effervescent carbonation that was a little bit more than expected.

Overall, I thought it okay, glad I visited it. Probably not really outstanding enough to have me coming back, but a solid offering nonetheless.


10-30-2011 20:56:11 | More by Crossmd
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Very dark brown with a brown bubbly head building about one finger high. It dissipates fast and leaves good lacing.
Smell is not very dominant. Little malt and little smokey flavors.
The taste is that of a typical porter. Chocolate, coffee and malty flavors up front. In the middle a nicely measured smokey flavor gives the character to the beer. The end is a mellow combination of smoke bitter and sweet.
A nice medium bodied porter, very drinkable and definitely a must try for the beer advocate.

10-30-2011 04:08:14 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of gestyr


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Pours an opaque black with a minimal head that goes away fast

S: Rich. Chocolate, coffee, malt... and smoke. Nice blend of aromas

T: Malt, coffee, chocolate... all good porter flavors... then the smoke hits you. Very nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation for the style

O: A very likeable beer. I could see myself sipping this on a cold winter evening while sitting in front of the fire.

10-25-2011 23:36:33 | More by gestyr
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Presentation: Bomber bottle that I purchased about a year ago. Based on the smokey character of the beer and circumstance, I let this one sit for a while. I'm curious to see how this has held up.

Appearance: Ample carbonation and head on the initial pour. Almost black in color with a light brown head.

Aroma: Bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and some freshly ground coffee. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Big chocolate and smoke notes. Actually some nice sweetness throughout. Coffee beans are there as well. Not bad at all. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Thinner mouthfeel, but there is some nice, smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice smoked porter that is a really solid portrayal of the style. I think the age of the beer actually was added to this rather than subtracted. Nothing outstanding but very solid.

10-23-2011 19:44:54 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of russwbeck


4/5  rDev +8.4%

Had this at the Fall NoVA Brewfest.

Black pour with a nice brown head. Retention isn't great. Smoky smell, light chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is really smokey. Like the smell, there are hints of chocolate. Balanced taste, but a bit light and thin. Medium bodied. Carbonated well. Dry aftertaste and no hint of alcohol. Very tasty, very drinkable. Not a big taste, but it's put together very well.

10-22-2011 18:57:53 | More by russwbeck
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

I must have passed this one in the store about 100 times last season and never took the plunge... until now!

Poured into a pint glass, because... I'm a badass.

A: Pitch black.... like any smoked dark brew should be! The head was fairly dark and pepper, thick, and certainly glass coating.

S: It's not too potent, but what is there certainly lives up to its name. Smoked BBQ ribs with wood chips mixed in. Maybe a bit of cocoa, but the burnt charcoal is the main star here.

T: I dig it. Fairly one dimensional, but in terms of the smoke flavor, there is nothing fake about this. Authentic bitter burnt cinder block and then some. I didn't get much fruit, chocolate, or anything like that.

M: Fairly thick and gooey, with low carbonation that suited this beer just fine. The lacing was splotchy.

O: If you don't like smokey beers, please look elsewhere. As for me, I grill fish on cedar planks several times a month, maybe more, and I plan on getting a couple of bottles of this for those outings.

10-11-2011 23:01:29 | More by Chaney
Photo of BeerLover99


3.8/5  rDev +3%

A: deep black body, trace head, no lacing

S: big cocoa nibs, roasted malt, liquid smoke

T: sweet dark chocolate, roasted nuts, smoky alcohol finish

M: med body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: My 1st Heavy Seas offering. Not bad,
it has potential. Needs a little more body, but
nice aroma and flavors.

10-07-2011 15:31:16 | More by BeerLover99
Heavy Seas - Smoke On The Water from Heavy Seas Beer
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