Heavy Seas - Plank I - Heavy Seas Beer

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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 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 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).

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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 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 PSUDREW
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 crusian
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of Chaney
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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 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 tbrown4
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Max's this evening at the release event. This version was dry-hopped and on cask. I also had the C02 tap version. There are some slight differences that I will mention. For a more fleshed out review check out my other reivew.

The cask version had a more prominent vanilla presence in the nose and flavor profile.

The hop addition to this cask made this a more well rounded and balanced beer in my opinion, but some of the wood notes are not as present.

The aroma is slightly more hoppy and the finish is much more bitter.

Photo of patreely12
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - murky dark brown. some tan head, but not much. it does leave some nice lacing though.

S - strong roasted malts. hints of caramel, nuts and coffee bean in the nose. really nice underlying sweetness. smells very fresh and appetizing.

T/M - the flavor was mostly made up of the roasted malts. rich combination of the malts and coffee, which give it a bit of bitterness. you can definitely taste some of the flavor enhanced by the wood. the bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the caramel on the back end. slick, creamy mouthfeel. medium bodied.

Overall this is beer is crafted very well. the flavors are very tasty and it's goes down easy and smooth. I'd like to get my hands on this again when it's more widely released.

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

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