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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

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Oct 28, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.4%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -46.9%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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

brentk56, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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).

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2011
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.

oberon, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Kegatron, May 01, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

jlindros, Feb 13, 2012
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.

oline73, May 20, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

mendvicdog, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of off white/light tan head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of definite wood, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt notes. Not bad but nothing great; I guess interesting is the best word to describe it. Definitely something different; lots of wood and tooasted/burnt notes.

t - Tastes of wood/oak, toasted malts, light fruity malts, smoke, roadted malts. A bit of a step up from the nose, mainly because of the fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little too carbonated.

o - Overall an interesting beer. Not what I think of at all when I think of an old ale, but I don’t think they were going for something traditional. Lots of wood comes through which was their intention, so I suppose the succeeded. Tough to drink a 22 oz. bottle by yourself.

mdfb79, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -20.4%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

orangesol, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Aug 13, 2011
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.

ShanePB, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

glid02, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

THECPJ, Nov 22, 2011
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Heavy Seas - Plank I from Heavy Seas Beer
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