Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-16-2011 23:07:01 | More by Arenbeer
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
11-14-2011 02:14:35 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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."
10-23-2011 22:29:23 | More by AgentMunky
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-15-2011 03:44:09 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-03-2011 01:22:09 | More by Jwale73
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
09-26-2011 12:52:57 | More by ShanePB
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
09-23-2011 23:12:17 | More by HoosierInOhio
3.58/5 rDev -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.
09-05-2011 03:02:57 | More by Cyberkedi
2.93/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
08-27-2011 17:21:05 | More by MusicaleMike
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-21-2011 18:02:08 | More by Daniellobo
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-12-2011 23:08:26 | More by billab914
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
08-12-2011 04:26:20 | More by larryi86
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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
08-05-2011 01:58:45 | More by vandemonian
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
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
07-23-2011 01:52:15 | More by obrendano
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
A: This poured a clear dark cherry with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like sourdough and nutty malts, with copper hops and some fig and earthy unsweetened cocoa.
T: It tasted like dry earthy cocoa and nuts and copper, with some fig and toffee and wood. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste that was dry.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a pretty nice beer with interesting poplar character, almost like pecan. It added a nice element to the scent and taste, but I wasn't a fan of the copper tones. The body wasn't the great either, although the alcohol was hidden decently, so it was easy enough to drink. May improve with age? Fresh was enjoyable and worth trying once.
07-19-2011 02:13:28 | More by Pencible
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-16-2011 22:44:36 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-15-2011 02:16:42 | More by glid02
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
07-12-2011 02:07:18 | More by bum732
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
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!
07-11-2011 02:17:21 | More by jgasparine
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
Deep mahogany color with a nice sized head. Strong aroma of a somewhat metallic quality as it is poured from the bottle. Once in the glass there is a deep caramel sweetness going on, somewhat raisen like. Malty enough flavor with a whisper of wood and a hint of smoke. Fairly sweet then fades into a dry finish. Body is rather thin for my liking. Rather ho hum and unispired. Really was looking forward to this, perhaps I had myself psyched up for something else who knows. Lacks the unique wood notes I was expecting. Form your own opinion is all I can say.
07-11-2011 01:46:13 | More by lackenhauser
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-10-2011 15:31:08 | More by rfgetz
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-09-2011 18:35:25 | More by mcallister
3.58/5 rDev -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.
07-08-2011 19:46:08 | More by Nugganooch
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