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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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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 2
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 91
Photo of billab914
3.99/5  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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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).

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Photo of John_M
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of crusian
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from a bottle shop in Richmond va.
reviewed on my phone so it is shortened and may have odd autocorrect errors.
Pours a deep rich brown with about a finger of head...
Nose is heavy on the caramel and brown sugar with a hint of over ripe dark fruit or raisin.
The raster is very contrary to the nose. It is very dry and woody. I expect a lot of sweetness, based off the nose, but it is nowhere to be found. If you smell poplar, that taste you imagine is strong. Once you taste this you know what a poplar is. It is quite amazing. this is a very very dry beer... can't say I have had one quite so dry, it is as if the poplar sucked all the moisture out. There is a bit of the caramel on the palate, but it is quite overpowering with the dryness. It really reminds me of a really dry merlot, it just sucks the moisture out of your mouth. I want some water after each sip.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This almost hit the harvest season in term of color scheme.... but not quite. Ruby red-orange color, clear, and with a slight head that quickly died down.

S: Very subtle, but that's the English style for you. Musty, and with mild puffs of butterscotch and candy sugar.

T: On the forefront, I almost tasted bourbon... but then I re-vamped my position. Very oaky and dry on the finish. This made it a bit tough for me in general.

M: Thick, with a slight "gelatin-like" feel. Very mild prickle on the carbonation, and the lacing was non-existent.

O: Dunno. On one hand, I like some of the subtle roasty aspects of this, but I found the finish to be off putting. Not bad, but definitely not great.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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