Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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3/5 rDev -18.9%
STYLE: American Black Ale
LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.
NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a semblance of balance.
MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.
BA Rating: 86
Hayward Abbey Rating: 74
06-23-2012 03:43:56 | More by viverlee
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
Bomber w/o freshness/bottling date info.
Pours murky dark amber, head is darker tan, lasts, before going to a skimpy film, collar and decent ringed sheeting and amplebits and strands of lace.
Malt and more malt in the nose. Caramel and light toast.
Malty brew, again ample caramel picked up, with waves of maltyness.
Respectable red. Worth a try if you like a malty brew with a kicked up ABV
02-09-2012 02:12:36 | More by Billolick
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Picked up a bomber of this for $4.99. Red ales have always been one of my favorite styles of beer and this beer doesn't change that. Pours a nice dark red color, great mouthfeel and caramel malt backbone with just a perfect mix of hoppiness. Great all around beer, goes down very smooth and easy and finishes clean. For it's higher ABV it really drinks way too easy, the Heavy Seas line has been surprisingly good and this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried.
11-13-2011 20:24:13 | More by oriolesfan4
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
This will be my 200th Beer Reveiw on this site. Aaargh! This is an Imperial Red Ale, a style that seemed to elude me. But, leave it to Hugh Sisson to think of this brew. And why not? We have an imperial pilsner, an imperial porter, and - even now, thanks to Hugh (See My Reveiw), an imperial pumpkin. Here we hve an Imperial Irish Red Ale.
It opens thick and quick: with a heavy and spongy froth that settles atop a glistening body of translucent copper. There does not seem to be much activity within; minor carbonation and minimal lacing.
The first bite seems like sucrose with malty supplement; however, working its way to the foreground is an aggressive blast of molasses that takes hold of the finish.
This beer will not overwhelm your palate; nor will it grab your nose by the balls and squeeze. It can be described as a moderate selection from the Boys In Halethorpe,the Baltimore suburb that is home to the brewery. Yet, it is a decent quaff that possesses a strange crispness amid a nicely stuctured body of malt. Nice brew.
10-29-2011 23:47:23 | More by jjboesen
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at Wine 101.
Pours a deep, dark brownish amber with a red hue. There's a quarter inch of dense off white head with good retention. The nose is toasty with a caramel sweetness and faint yeast notes. The taste is also toasty with a caramel sweetness. There is some diacetyl and faint hops in the finish. It has a nice medium body with moderate carbonation.
This is probably one of the better Irish red's I've had. It's well balanced, easily drinkable, and offers more flavor than I'm used to for the style.
10-22-2011 20:58:14 | More by tdm168
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured from a 1Pt 6fl oz bottle...
A- Pours reddish to almost brown in color. Shows a nice head that leaves a decent lace, nothing crazy to report here. Just looks nice and clean.
S- This one gave off a strong aromas of the chocolate malt. Roasted barley and some caramel scents as well.
T- Has a light spice note, a bit malty with a small hop backbone. Some chocolate flavors are noticeable, but very little. The alcohol also pokes through here.
M- A medium bodied brew, with some late heat from the alcohol.
D- VERY drinkable for this style. Nothing overwhelming to report, but very drinkable. An easy beer to have around. Will definitely return to this in the future.
09-17-2011 20:13:28 | More by ccm414
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
Had at a beer tasting from a bottle into a 4oz sampler
A - A beautiful dark red amber color on this one. 1 finger head with minimal lacing on the glass.
S - A lot of malt and alcohol here. definitely get a spice note as well. Little to no hops.
T - Just as it smells. Alcohol. Just what I would have expected from an imperial red. Nice spicy malt.
MF - Very smooth and very drinkable. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these stowaways - HA!
O - A solid brew. Would like to try some others in this style.
08-24-2011 17:48:14 | More by stevenstofen
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.
A: Good head fades quickly. Reddish clear. Orange in direct light. Translucent.
S: Bread and butter. Yummy dry malt.
T: Toasty caramel malts. Sweeter than expected. The maintaste is malty/bready and tasty. The endtaste is drying, biscuity, and delicious. I enjoy it.
M: Substantial and good.
O: I like this beer. It's very drinkable and predominantly biscuity. I would have another. Totally recommended. The whole Mutiny Fleet is worthwhile.
08-22-2011 19:08:00 | More by AgentMunky
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours clear amber red color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass and a ring around the top of the brew; plenty of bubbles race up the center of the beer.
Smells very sweet up front, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones or piney hops, toasted grains, herbs and some spices or earthy tones that are faint and conceal the alcohol presence. Seems to meet the standards for a red ale.
Tastes like it smells but more fine tuned and flavorful, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones/piney hops, toasted grains, herbs, yeast, grass, hay, flowers, light burnt wood, spices like a shake of pepper, some dark fruit, earthy tones like tea leaf and a minor hint of alcohol; this is very malty, but mixed with just enough earthy and floral notes to make it balances and not just a malt beer. Alcohol is very well hidden and not a factor.
Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, bordering on slick, with light carbonation, a medium body that leans on the light side, and a watery feel as it slides down very easy; as it warms it slides down even faster, as it seems the carbonation goes away quickly.
A nice above average beer that was highly drinkable. Not my favorite style of beer, but still well done and good enough that I enjoyed the whole bomber.
07-23-2011 03:50:46 | More by CHickman
Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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