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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep mahogany with a thin beige head that was gone in a flash,alot of of chunkies and floaties.Aromas were straight caramel butter with some dark fruit dipped alcohol underneath,ringwood maybe?
A whole lot of malt complexity on the palate,buttery caramel,brown sugar,dark fruit,and nuttiness all rolled into it,its somewhat cakey.Okay this is a good beer in my mind,it started out slow but was spot on when I actually started drinking it,the poplar aging realy does not show thru but the malt complxity is great.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of heavy herbal and slightly earthy hops. Also present are hints of oak and lighter hints of indistinct medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderatley dry caramel malts with solid amounts of spicy and lightly earthy hops. Midway through hints of green apples and other indistinct fruits come into play before they’re pushed aside by oak that carries through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this was a solid enough beer but it’s not something I’d be excited to have again.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are recent.

A finger tall tan head tops a medium brown-colored brew with red hues, leaning toward the darker end of the spectrum as old ales go, and shows pretty good retention. Lacing is left in uneven spotting and light patching.
I like the balance on the nose of sweet and dry (woody). There's some dark fruit and some brown sugar as the sweetness goes. Some toast comes out of the malts with a touch of caramel adding to the sweetness.
I'm not sure the wood tones down the sweetness to a perfect balance in the flavor, though it is tasty. The dark fruits notes form the bulk of it. Alcohol sits underneath the entire way. I like how the wood dries it out, though, and adds its own dimension of flavor and balance. It's difficult to describe how it's dry without drying, but that's more in the feel anyway.
Speaking of, this beer has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Crispness stays even and there's a smoothness that the alcohol doesn't take too much of. With the wood, this beer ends up semi-dry, which is good for a sweet beer like this one.

Photo of McNealc31
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with a beige head, just from the smell, expect this to be big and malty. Indeed, it is! Full and round butterscotch flavor coats everything. Decidedly on the sweet side of things, but the hops cut through at just the right time to bring some balance. Hints of cherry and vanilla are there and a certain wood-like quality in the finish. Though I'm wondering if I would notice it if I didn't know to expect it.

Big flavor, creamy mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Complex and tasty flavors. Plank I is a winnerrrr!

Photo of nickthetick
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear black brown into a Brewers Art goblet with almost no head.

S: smokey, sweet, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, apples galore, biscuity.

T: sweet candy/sugary notes, some apples and plums, a bit of coffee. Toasty biscuits and definitely woodsy.

MF: the body is on the lighter side and for the lack of head there is a great amount of effervescence.

O: a good beer with some interesting notes I'm glad I got to try this and would buy again but if they only produce it in very limited quantities I would let someone else pick it up before I bit the bullet.

Photo of bum732
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich melanoindens, toffee and caramel, a prominent woody component, almost like sawdust. Just a hint of dark fruits.

L: Very dark brown with some red highlights. Off-whie head that dissipates, leaving a ring of foam, almost still looking.

T: Toffee and some wood like qualities. Low woody bitterness leads to some faint dark fruits. Some wood like tannins near the finish.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Ok, mouthfeel was a little thin for what i was expecting, but ok for 8% i guess. Fairly meh.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, I don't think I've ever had a beer matured with Poplar wood before so this should be interesting. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints, along with an inch tan head. The head went away quickly, and there isn't much head retention. Aroma is malty and sweet, the brew smells like caramel and roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and some wood and smoke. Wood is definitely noticable in the taste of this beer. Along with the wood, there's also roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and a bit of smoke. There's also a nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick and has moderate carbonation. It's pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I hope it won't be too long of a wait until the next Plank offering comes out.

Photo of vandemonian
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas Plank I is a sweet malty a old ale. It was ok.

A: Lovely red colour and a 15 mm head that fades to sparse lacing. 4

S: Malt and dry sawdust with a hint of caramel. 4.5

T: Malty and sweet up front into an alcoholic caramel malt aftertaste. 3.5

M: Thick and reasonably foamy. 4

O: Decent, but a little too much sweetness without anything to compliment it. 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A small two finger caramel and light tan head is made, settles to a slow small collar. Body gives a nice dark red amber brown, kind of mahogany red. Some slight light penetrates giving some chestnut appearances.

Nose is toffee and sticky malts, smells a little oaky but also an interesting kind of balsam like sense, like sawdust.

Taste is quite tannic. A very woody and thin body mixes with a very light malt. Not very rich tasting, and quite thin in the palate and in feel. A prickly carbonation up front at first. Finish is kind of lacking but an almost varnishy quality perpetuates the mouth. Bitter tannic quality lingers, but not boozy.

Overall, it's not quite awful or particulalry bad, but it's not really that great. I could drink worse. However, the Plank II is CONSIDERABLY better.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark brown with red highlights.
smell: Not bad just not much happening. I guess the 'plank' addition is meant to be subtle but not getting anything in the nose.
taste: A pleasant taste to be sure and there's a little of the 'plank' aging. Again, understood it's supposed to be subtle but maybe a little too subtle.
overall: A decent brew, not a stand out.

Photo of ShanePB
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, shared by Matt and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Medium to dark copper, rustic mahogany colored body with an off-white, bubbly and creamy head. A nice retention cap forms and does manage to leave behind some minor lacing. There's nothing too much to really fault in the appearance, especially for an Old Ale.

S: Wood, smoked peat, leather, spicy yeast, tobacco, minor oak and a touch of old outdated bourbon. It's very rich, dark and has a lot of qualities you'd expect. It's an eclectic blending of flavors that make sense on the nose, I'm just unsure how this will translate to taste.

T: Tobacco, leather and a certain "meatiness" about the flavor comes through up front. Smoked dark malts are around mid-palate, and into the finish is a decent amount of an alcohol bite. It seems very astringent, with a flavor leaning more towards the bourbon family.

M: Fizzy but still somewhat creamy on the palate. Perhaps it's a bit too watery for what I expect an Old Ale to be, in my opinion. Not too sticky, dry or cloying in any way, just a touch thin.

Eh, this was okay for me. It may be that this isn't my favorite style but I've had other Old Ales that had a completely different flavor profile and qualities that this one didn't seem to have. It wasn't bad by comparison, but certainly isn't something I'd ever need to revisit again.

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Victoria Gastropub.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown color with a red hue. There is a layer of off white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of vanilla and a little smoke.

Taste: Again, there is a lot of caramel. The vanilla and smoke notes are there as well. I'm also picking up some dark fruit as well as a bit of alcohol. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: One of my favorites from this brewery. I really love the flavors added by the wood. Very nice.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Old ale on poplar? Yes, please.

3.5 A: Clear with a deep crimson brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is about average and just the smallest touch of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Very pleasant nose. Dark caramel malts, plum, prune, fig, and date fruitiness, and brown sugar. The poplar isn't as intense as I would have imagined, but it does complement the brew. Sweet, but balanced. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 T: Hmmm. This isn't what I was expecting. The poplar takes control of the brew and adds more astringency that I'd like. In addition, the sweetness perceived in the nose is much reduced in the taste. In any case, this is still tasty, it just doesn't impress much. Underneath the poplar, there is the fruitiness, brown sugar, and caramel found in the nose, but at lower levels of intensity.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit creamy, but could be more so. Not bad here.

3.5 D: Interesting experiment, but the base beer couldn't really stand up to the poplar contribution. Still, not bad.

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber brown with a two finger tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy rings of lace.

The smell is complex and pleasant. Nice woody notes round the edges with earthy essenses enwrapping a sweet rum character. Full of malty aromas like caramel and toffee with some brown sugar notes. Dark fruit. Hints of vanilla, spice and earthy hops hide in the back.

The taste is extraordinary. Rich rum with nutty tones and soft poplar to round things out. Soft notes of vanilla flow with a rich malt profile of brown sugar, toffee and burnt caramel. A few roasty notes in the back with a hint of spice and dark fruit throughout like raisin and plum Complex and delicious.

A nice medium bodied, creamy drink with a pleasant burn. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a goblet glass. Big thanks to Finewinemike for this one.

A- Pours a dark amber with 1 finger of off white head that dissipates quickly. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and splotchy lacing but some really nice alcohol feet on the sides.

S- First thing that comes through is definitely the wood notes that gives the beer and almost off sweetness but very inviting. Slight roasted notes as well, lots of malts, grain, dark fruit esters, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Creamy malts with lots of flavors and roastiness that is quickly followed by a nice wood presence and some alcohol. Lots of dark fruits and molasses as well, really nicely balanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet clean finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a light beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains bourbon, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruits. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time, but there are better options in the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. This olde ale was matured with poplar wood planks. As I am unfamiliar with the benefits of poplar wood aging, I am curious to see how it translates to this brew.

Pours a rich mahogany color, with a one finger tan head that reduces to smoky wisps slowly swirling in the glass. The color really is quite stunning, grabbing and dispersing light beautifully.

Smell is leathery, buttery and peaty, like a smooth port or warmed scotch. Maple syrup, rich malt, boggy peat, oak leaves and mild yeast combine for a heavy smelling brew.

Tastes like a dream, smooth, creamy, rich and buttery. The wood treatment really sands out any rough edges that may have existed in this ale. Vanilla, maple, roasty malt, undertones of coffee beans, and a bit of tangy dark fruit combine for a very tasty brew.

Full bodied, it will take the evening to sip this one down. Though there's really no hop profile to this, I'm getting that tingling feeling that highly hopped brews typically produce.

I've sat on this for a while, and boy, was it worth it! Beautiful to behold, pleasant to smell, and a joy to drink, I definitely recommend grabbing one of these, aging it 6 months or so, then drinking it warm after a 15 minute breathing period. Enjoy!

Photo of rfgetz
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahagonay color with disappointingly tiny tan tinted head for a hang pumped brew. Scent is of caramel with touches of damp wood, peat, vanilla and concentrated citrus. Taste and body are disappointingly thin... Malt forward with some mutyness from the aging process, lightly smoked peat, decently strong citrusy hop profile and vanilla round out the taste. Medium bodied, thin for style and cask presentation. Some good notes but when combined a very weak beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose carries some nice oaky notes plus a bit of light caramel and toffee. The flavor is a bit plain, mostly focusing on the planks. Can't remember what type of wood they actually are. Flavor is certainly woody. Some semi-sweet bready malt in the background with a touch of caramel and butterscotch. Medium body with some tannins and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty nice beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Keg @ EBF.

Hazy brown molasses color, light fizzy head.

Nose light barrel, esters, buttered barrel, light diacetyl, brown malts and sugar, toffee, caramel, etc.

Taste sweet, hint of diacetyl, buttery oak, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of dark fruits, toasty biscuity malts, and some bitter almost briny earthy hops, and a light booze towards the finish.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of booze.

overall not bad, a nice old ale with decent malts, hint of dark fruits, lots of buttery oak and toffee flavors which also make me feel there is a hint of diacetyl but not completely sure.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice unexpected extra from mdfb79 - Cheers Bro!

Bomber to pint

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with some lighter edges that sort of redden in the light. Thin body in appearance. Tiny little fizzle of a khaki head dissapeared rather quickly and no lace present. 2nd pour yielded a much frothier head.

S: Aroma has a definite woody nose and is full of deep burnt caramel sugars. Nutty breads and a distinct molasses character.

T: Big earthy flavors overall. Subtle woods and nutty crackerness akin to a brown ale with more of a burnt sugars and molasses twist. Possible use of some treacle here but in low amounts I would say. Dried fruits with a nice bitterness. Not too shabby.

M: Really nice light and creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitterness. Not heavy or lingering at all.

D: Decent drinkability at 8% ABV it is well balanced. Light creamy mouthfeel. Nice little bitterness to it. The wood is upfront but it does not overpower the entire brew.
All in all not a bad ale by any means.

Photo of crusian
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from a bottle shop in Richmond va.
reviewed on my phone so it is shortened and may have odd autocorrect errors.
Pours a deep rich brown with about a finger of head...
Nose is heavy on the caramel and brown sugar with a hint of over ripe dark fruit or raisin.
The raster is very contrary to the nose. It is very dry and woody. I expect a lot of sweetness, based off the nose, but it is nowhere to be found. If you smell poplar, that taste you imagine is strong. Once you taste this you know what a poplar is. It is quite amazing. this is a very very dry beer... can't say I have had one quite so dry, it is as if the poplar sucked all the moisture out. There is a bit of the caramel on the palate, but it is quite overpowering with the dryness. It really reminds me of a really dry merlot, it just sucks the moisture out of your mouth. I want some water after each sip.

Photo of John_M
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Mahaffey's last night.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with decent head retention and fair lacing. The nose is unusal, showing some apple sauce, light citrus, a hint of vanilla and conisderable sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with more of a baked apple and graham cracker flavor. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile... this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, despite its moderate sweetness and low carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish.

Decent beer. Not sure if cask conditioning helps or hurts the flavor of it. A lot of these mutiny fleet beers are hit and miss, but this isn't bad.

Photo of jgasparine
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle with a finger of offwhite foam, which slowly receded, leaving touches of lacing over a medium brown body.

S- Smells of moderate crystal malts, toffee and raisins, laced with a hint of smoke and wood. The nose was subdued while cold, but really opened-up and seemed much richer as the beer warmed.

T- Less sweet on the palate than anticipated- definitely a rich malt base, which is met with the anticipated raisin and toffee flavors. A tannic bitterness emerges midway to balance the malts, and the beer finishes dry with a very mild hop bitterness and an echo of dry toffee.

M- A medium body coupled with a soft carbonation. Surprisingly no heat from the EtOH, and low astringency.

Overall- While I shared this bottle with a few friends, I could have definitely consumed the whole thing myself. A very drinkable, smooth beer overall. Not a classic Old Ale by textbook definition, but certainly something I would buy again.

NOTE: I have since had a bottle with 10 months age on it, and it has improved dramatically!

Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany, a quarter inch off white head loose and fine yet showing some density holds a topper for a few minutes then fades.

Brown sugar, mollasses, maple, honey, prune and date off the bat in the nose. Some earthy hop notes, roasted malts, yams, pecans and almonds, light vanilla, and an ever so light hint of malt.

Nice Old Ale. Not overly complex but shows good layers of dried fruits, earth and wood. Date, fig, prune, rum soaked raisins, roasty and bitter, chewy malts, earthy in the middle. Vanilla, rich wood, cherry, orange marmalade, a bit grassy and leathery. Complexity shows more as it warms a little more. Mouth is medium with a nice glycerol in the middle.

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