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Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thain709
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

Photo of CGMLS3
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 doughanson78
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark brown with red highlights.
smell: Not bad just not much happening. I guess the 'plank' addition is meant to be subtle but not getting anything in the nose.
taste: A pleasant taste to be sure and there's a little of the 'plank' aging. Again, understood it's supposed to be subtle but maybe a little too subtle.
overall: A decent brew, not a stand out.

Photo of vandemonian
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 TheHoppiest
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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 jriggins6
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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 jjboesen
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
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!

Photo of PSUDREW
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep burnt amber, browish color. Pours with about 2 knuckles of head, and it looks kind of tannish
S: Wood definitely is there. with some sweet raisin odors & hints of rum. Yeah the alcohol is definitely present in the end
T: Sweeter then expected. There is totally the wood showing up, and there are hints of smoke. Dryer then expected, really. there is some dark fruit in there, maybe a smidge of carmel
M: medium, on the light side. You could go through this and not be overwhelmed at all. well put together
O: really surprised. This beer was very enjoyable

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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