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Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Plank IHeavy Seas - Plank I

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011)
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"PLANK is a series of beers showcasing unique wood aging treatments to add flavor and nuance. Our first offering- PLANK I- features an English Style Olde Ale matured with specially treated Poplar wood planks. Look for a subtle, "roasty" wood character that perfectly complements this estrAARGHdinary ale!" Brewed in the style of an English Old Ale, part of a release series launched in 2011, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy, frothy buttery cream head over a deep maple brown body. Sediment is varied in size but clarity is moderate. Retention is average and lacing is light to none. 3.5

(Smell) Bready caramel, mild biscuity grain and light molasses sweetness with hints of raisin, dates and cassis. Any wood treatment is largely imperceivable at this step. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Thin, soft caramel grain malt with a moderate sweetness transitions to a plum, raisin and licorice fruit profile on the finish with a mild emphasis on roasted malt, a character absent in the aroma. The poplar wood generates slightly less flavor than I had expected, influencing mostly texture. giving the beer a soft, dry finish. The impact of the poplar wood isn't quite as sharp or profound as oak or ash but I took into consideration the age of the beer as a factor for it's tameness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, soft, mildly oily. Carbonation generates a soft fuzziness to the aroma without impacting the body. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy-woodsy bitter. Alcohol presence is low. 3.5

(Overall) An enjoyable Old Ale with just enough character to keep things interesting and a very high drinkability. The wood treatment does provide a noticeable impact on the texture and some lesser impact on the flavor, although I find that the old ale recipe by itself carries the brunt of the weight of this beer. I haven't tried poplar wood in a beer before but appreciate using lesser-known wood styles for more creative aging. Heavy Seas should keep this series going with more experiments like this. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Plank I: English Style Olde Ale
3.61/5.00

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 19:45:50 | More by Jadjunk
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a slight amount of sediment seen floating in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a vanilla flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop 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 good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:19:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber-influenced tawny color with an inch of tan foam; decent retention presages a few shards of lace

Smell The poplar (a combination of cedar and plywood) aspect is dominant; caramel, stone fruit and tobacco elements complete the aromatics

Taste: Caramel and tobacco flavors, up front, with stone fruit, earthy hops and the wood elements bringing up the middle; after the swallow, the woody flavors are dominant, though the fruit and earthy flavors add complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting concept using the poplar wood, but I am not sure that it makes this an Old Ale nor does it really complement the malts and hops very well

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:44:02 | More by brentk56
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:39:13 | More by smakawhat
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 02:01:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An entry in the brewery's "Mutiny Fleet," the Plank I, an old ale, begins with an intensive frothing that quickly fills the tulip glass; the body is a dark amber that shuts out light. There is a substantive, yet spongy, head that slinks down into the glassrim to leave slippery splotches of gummy lacing.

Interesting nose evokes whispy notes of toast and charcoal; the palate, the taste is subtle, detects a rushing fade of plum and malt. Chewy mouthfeel provides a hearty bite once there is allowed some breathing time. A unique quaff, to say the least, though it can't really be said to be a representative of the style. Not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:51:10 | More by jjboesen
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 11:33:18 | More by Brenden
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 15:59:49 | More by jlindros
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:08:28 | More by McNealc31
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown color with very little head.

The nose is of vanilla, some wood barrel, and some cherries. Very nice and subtle.

Sipping reveals a nice brown malt with a sweet vanilla bean flavor and and a very smooth rum finish....very nice!

Great balance...not overly carbonated and smooth for a brew with exceptional ABV. Very impressive.

Overall, I loved this bottle for the Super Bowl....cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:58:36 | More by Fish113d
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown pour with a few fingers of white head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: The aroma is full of oak, molasses, and dark fruits. Seems rich and deep.

T: The taste is pretty basic. Old Ale and oak. Sweet, molasses, dark fruit, and oak. Not really anything special, and nothing particularly impressive.

MF: Heavy body, rests creamy on the palate. Low carbonation. Not very drinkable, the oak is just too much. Booze is definitely noted.

O: Disappointed. Not a big fan of oak aged beers, and this was just too bleh.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:35:43 | More by russwbeck
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nickthetick

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:40:30 | More by nickthetick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy old ales, but this one misses the mark a bit- a bit too malty and creamy and a little one dimensional- too sweet. Pours a slightly turgid brown with only a slight head. Smells sweet and malty with a touch of fruitcake and wood. Pleasant enough if a little one-dimensional. Perhaps slightly rummy as well. The taste is more of the same- very smooth, perhaps too much so- I like a little bit of a dry bite in my old ale. Not one of their best efforts.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:04:26 | More by Georgiabeer
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doughanson78

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Chalice. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Very dark amber. One finger light tan head that fades quickly but still leaves a decent lacing.

S: The smell is kind of light but still there. Main aroma is the wood. Some light dark fruits, toasted malts, a touch of leather, and light floral notes.

T: Light butter toffee and caramel upfront. Dark fruits, wood, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body. Lower carbonation. Good creaminess.

O: A bit boozy for 8%. Good start. Would be nice to try this with some age.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:17:37 | More by doughanson78
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:09:15 | More by TheHoppiest
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:07:01 | More by Arenbeer
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:14:35 | More by DavoleBomb
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: A half-finger of denseish, creamy, off-white head with mediocre retention. The beer is a dark-dark nut brown that, surprisingly, is nearly transparent in direct light (also a crimson-orange hue). Faint lacing.

S: Sweet and lightly funky. Molasses and a heftier alcoholic whiff than I'd expect from an 8% brew. Bourbon? A bit of a red wine?

T/M: Lighter than expected, but chock full of flavour. Light-bright fruit -- tangerine, white grape, green apple -- is rather unexpected. Otherwise, few surprises...caramelised sugars with a punchy finish. Carbonated and drying, a very pleasant complement to the beer. The aftertaste is the most reminiscent of the odd old ale flavours.

O: An interesting beer, one I'm glad I held on to for a few months. I would recommend it, as I would every bottle of the Mutiny Fleet I've sampled.

Notes: Apparently this beer was "matured with specially treated Poplar wood planks."

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:29:23 | More by AgentMunky
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear deep mahogany red with a creamy tan head building about two fingers high. It shows some retention and leaves little lacing.
The smell reveals mostly malty caramel and brown sugar notes. There is a earthy wood character to it as well.
Taste is starting out with the sweet caramel, brown sugar flavors, being met with malt in the middle. The ever present earthy wood flavors, which have also a little Bourbon taste, take over at the end. There are also dark fruit notes developing at the end.
A very drinkable beer, another great beer from Clipper City Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:44:09 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-cask at the Avery. Served in a tulip. Pours ta deep mahogany with a creamy, one inch, tan-colored head. Some spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a suggestion of bourbon and caramel all on a malty backbone - solid, yet somewhat subdued. Taste follows nose with the addition of some wood aging, not at all over the top, but there's definitely a suggestion of the barrel outside of the bourbon. There's also a little bit of oxidation happening here. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a bit thin for the style, with a carbonation that is just about still. All and all, this is an extremely drinkable beer. It is not a huge malt-bomb of an Old Ale by many means, but it is oh so drinkable. That said, it's not something I would cellar for an extended period of time. Drink it sooner than later in my opinion.

Serving type: cask

10-03-2011 01:22:09 | More by Jwale73
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 12:52:57 | More by ShanePB
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HoosierInOhio

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Brown with red hints, thin head

S - Caramel, roasty, some chocolate and fruitiness.

T - Roasty Caramel and malts, alcohol, and a fruity finish

M - Thin, carbonated

O - Meh, OK, was expecting more, maybe its just not my style. Not sure what I was expecting, wasn't bad just was OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:12:17 | More by HoosierInOhio
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent, warm chocolate brown with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. The sample I got fizzed quite a bit when I opened the bottle, so be careful! Malty aroma has a strong overtone of brown sugar and caramel as well as a hint of apple brandy. Flavor is malty with a definite brown sugar overtone and caramel, apple and nutty hints. It is slightly, but not cloyingly, sugary sweet. Texture is heavy-bodied and smooth, with just a little tingle, leaving a somewhat sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:02:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 22oz bomber bottle from the Foodery. From what I remember hearing about this beer, Clipper City is experimenting with various woods for their "Plank" series. the bottle says that this Old Ale was aged on Poplar wood planks.

Poured into my snifter glass, the beer has an attractive deep ruby color with a tan head that billows up to about one finger thick. While the head does disappear in a minute and leaves no lacing or any trace that it was ever there, the beer still has a nice appearance.

The smell is quite average for the style. Old Ales should have a lot more complexity, especially after being aged on wood, but the aroma here is somewhat lackluster. There is a soft wooden smell, but not one that I am quite used to. I would describe it as more acidic than American Oak. Notes of caramel sit in the background from the sweet malts, but there is no depth here like I said before.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, in that there isn't much going on. In fact, what I believe comes from the wood aging here is a somewhat sour note that leans heavily on the delicate sweet malts. The aftertaste comes through with a bit of toffee, roasty flavor. I have had some excellent examples of English Old Ales, which I find have a deeper malt character that bring out fruitiness all throughout the aroma and flavor, and unfortunately, Plank I has missed the boat, so to speak. The alcohol does a decent job of hiding itself here, so good marks for that.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, full-bodied and soft. The carbonation was kept low, which I liked. Good job all around here. The only room for improvement would be to develop a slicker texture for the beer.

I love the idea of experimenting with wood aging, but one must realize that it will be hit or miss. This isn't a total abomination. Not even close really...I just thought that the base beer didn't really stack up to what I expect from an Old Ale and that it didn't mesh very well with the Poplar wood anyways. I would be interested in trying a vertical of all the different iterations over the years, but other than that, I don't think I will repurchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 17:21:05 | More by MusicaleMike
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a wooded old ale, slightly medicinal and boozy with a good profile.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Perfunctory pirate skull themed label on this occasion over a background of planks. The pirate theme sure is working for them but they could do better with these designs even without much of a departure from this identity. Side narrative notes overall intent of the Mutiny Fleet and that of the Plank series with a small description of the brew. Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazed dark amber brown pour with a short ecru head, moderate retention and surface memory, with random touches of lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity smell. Malt toasted notes, and an orange-clementine woody solvent whiff coating it all. Perfumed and a bit unusual.

T - Taste picks and expands the nose with a sweet caramel range, toasted malt and a rich fruitiness with a distinct tangerine, boozy, and almost solvent like touch with touches of vanilla, caramel, and faint dash of chocolate. Slightly rummy?

M - Medium-full body, slight astringency, fairly smooth an creamy with an alcoholic texture in the finish, moderate prickly carbonation,

O - Nice sipper, a bit of an unusual take on an old ale with the Poplar planks but worth the try.

Notes: Nice exploration from heavy seas. Not too common for an old ale, but actually this reminds me a bit of the overall profile offered by Bells on its Third Coast Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:02:08 | More by Daniellobo
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