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Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Plank IHeavy Seas - Plank I

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BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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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John_M

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-02-2011 16:10:40 | More by John_M
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Clipper City's brews can be very hit-or-miss, usually the latter, but I do like the concept for this series. Let's hope it pays in wood-soaked spades!

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany-hued body with a slim, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: The nose smells like toasted pumpkin seeds with a hint of over-cooked, oven-cooked fruit.

Taste: Sweetish, caramel candy-toned malts with a fair degree of well-toasted bread. Some dried, chewy dark fruits. The recent cedar-aged beers give me a taste of white pepper, and, so far, this sole poplar-aged beer reminds me of toasted pepitas (which, by the way, are wonderful sources of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper). Light leafy, spicy hop character and bitterness. Smidgen of roast preludes a bit of lightly sweetened black tea and a drying (though not quite dry), pepitas-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky crossing over the tongue.

Overall: Not particularly sure I'm diggin' this beer, but I'm still fully behind the concept of various woods (at least at this point).

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:45:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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patreely12

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - murky dark brown. some tan head, but not much. it does leave some nice lacing though.

S - strong roasted malts. hints of caramel, nuts and coffee bean in the nose. really nice underlying sweetness. smells very fresh and appetizing.

T/M - the flavor was mostly made up of the roasted malts. rich combination of the malts and coffee, which give it a bit of bitterness. you can definitely taste some of the flavor enhanced by the wood. the bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the caramel on the back end. slick, creamy mouthfeel. medium bodied.

Overall this is beer is crafted very well. the flavors are very tasty and it's goes down easy and smooth. I'd like to get my hands on this again when it's more widely released.

Serving type: cask

04-12-2011 16:37:00 | More by patreely12
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark bronze color with a thin white head spread out across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of dark fruit flavors to it with plum and fig being the most prominent. A sweet, caramel flavor really comes out in it as well. A little alcohol mixes in with the sweetness. I don't really get any noticeable wood aging presence to it though, but the malty, old ale flavors are excellent.

The taste shows a little more of a woody presence to it throughout the beer. It's not a strong like say a barrel aged character, but instead more of a dry, smoother, very slight wood character. The dark fruits, caramel and toffee really came out in it and add some big and bold flavors. Some brown sugar and molasses sweetness mix in throughout the flavors. The wood character might be light, but the old ale flavors are very nice overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice old Ale, but the wood aged character was barely noticeable. It was a very nice beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:08:26 | More by billab914
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nickthetick

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-11-2014 04:26:40 | More by DrBier
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2012 00:32:00 | More by HattedClassic
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-01-2012 04:37:21 | More by aanakinskywalker
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-29-2013 02:58:33 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:07:01 | More by Arenbeer
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-14-2013 01:20:57 | More by CGMLS3
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - The body appeared a brown-copper color with a bubbly, off white head...the head showed some retention and there was nice lacing

S - Woody aromas are apparent but this has some nice sweet and roasted malt aromas...caramel and chocolate

T - The flavors are pretty well in line with what was detected in the nose...more of the roasted flavors stood out...chocolate was a big part of the beer towards the finish...the flavors started off sweet with caramel...the poplar wood came out in the middle of the beer...it was mixed with some sweet, dark fruits...the finish had chocolate and some more wood

M - Medium bodied...nice cask feel...creamy...nice roasted finish

O - I was able to try this new offering from Heavy Seas the other weekend at the brewery...they tried something different with the wood and I don't know if it was their technique or the wood they used, but I found this a bit better than some wood-aged beers I've tried before...the wood flavor was present but there was a lot of other things going on...I wouldn't mind obtaining a bottle once it's released

Serving type: cask

04-04-2011 12:24:03 | More by thain709
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 21:34:29 | More by bmur112
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-10-2011 03:54:44 | More by bigdaddypolite
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-22-2012 00:43:02 | More by dprophet
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KevinTK


4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-30-2012 14:13:02 | More by KevinTK
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-16-2014 20:37:10 | More by wisrarebeer
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-22-2011 23:55:46 | More by THECPJ
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2012 18:34:58 | More by jriggins6
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Max's in Baltimore.

A: dark copper brown, inert; thin head dissipates quickly; no lacing; looks dead
S: caramel aroma, light but persistently nice
T: complex, bitter, heavy ale; saison and wood says it all: oaken flavors, roasted grains; the wood component is very strong
M: silky, smooth

Presentation aside, this is overall an amazing, stellar beer; I hope it gets wider circulation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 20:25:10 | More by Arithmeticus
Heavy Seas - Plank I from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.