Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011)
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Photo of Arithmeticus
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jnn4v
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-to-dark, rich brown color. Some thought it looked like a stout, but I thought it was an appropriate old ale color - in the range of chestnut to mahogany - not black. Much more foamy head than I had anticipated, though. No sediment or haze.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Very nice array of scents for an old ale, but with the distinctly woody character that had been advertised.

T: The malts match up very nicely with the malty scents - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, etc. However, I didn't get nearly as much oak flavor or woodiness as I had expected. The flavors did pair perfectly with the "Smokey Blue" pizza from Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, as I had hoped.

M: Not as dense as an old ale typically is. I think the abundant carbonation and the hot outdoor temperatures both contributed to the perception that it was more medium-bodied.

O: Very easy to drink with very little alcohol burn. When coupled with intensely flavored, smoky foods, it definitely took a back seat and seemed more like a brown ale than an old ale. However, the good initial flavors and lack of any negative characteristics made this an enjoyable beer for sure.

Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of jgasparine
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a three finger white head.

S- Oak, caremal, toffee, aclohol, molasses, very sweet.

T- Roasted malts, toffee, molasses, nice oak finish. Good balance, roasted and oak flavors really work well with the sweetness.

M- Smooth, body is too light for the taste.

O- Solid beer and very enjoyable. Definitely will be picking more up to see how it changes.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Greenblanketbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of obrendano
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told when I bought this it was something special, so I kind of had high hopes. luckily, this beer delivered, and hard

A - lovely deep ruby color, creamy head comes and goes, but swirls around nicely in the glass when poured

S - very malty, VERY malty actually, with toffee, caramel, pine and and ever so slight scent of clean, solvent alcohol

T - a really deep toasty malt almost overpowers at first, but almost immediately pulls back to showcase some fruity esthers (plum, raisin come to mind), very light citrus from the hops, wine-y must, a dry sawdust taste from the poplar aging and a warm balancing alcohol flavor, all of which come together in the finish spectacularly.

M - slightly flat after the head leaves, but thick and bold

O - this is a nice one. not a complex layer of 25 different notes, but a very careful and precise flavor is achieved and I really like it

Photo of JayS2629
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 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 TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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 mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of SickNukes
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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