Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
"Our 'Plank' series of beers are designed to showcase unique wood aging techniques and their impact on beer flavor profiles. Unlike barrel aged beers - where beer is put in a barrel - with 'plank' you might say the barrel is put in the beer. Plank II features a Dopplebock style lager matured with specially treated Poplar wand Eucalyptus wood planks. Look for rich, malty flavors along with woody notes." Brewed in the style of a German Doppelbock, this is the second installment in the Plank series, released as a one-off in April 2012. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream head of a frothy, crisp consistency over a very deep maroon brown with crimson highlights and varied sediment. Retention is average at best and there is no lacing draping the glass. 3
(Smell) Doughy, bready malts are very potent up front and a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness and light chocolate malt follows. No hop aroma or bitterness is present at the aroma. The aroma is very malt-centered with an insignificant aroma impact from the wood treatment. Balance seems to be equally sweet and acidic with a limited body. Potency is medium. 3.5
(Taste) The malt profile is a little more sweet at this stage- bready, toasted caramel malts with very slight roasted malt and a mild lager acidity. The body is somewhat full for the style, flavorful and quenching with an appealing display of ripe dark fruit and molasses. The wood comes in strong on the latter half, pairing nicely with a chocolate syrup sweetness for a complex and balanced finish. As in the first Plank installment, the choice of Poplar is fairly unique and combined with the inclusion of Eucalyptus, even more so. The dryness isn't as profound as white ash and flavor isn't as sharp as I usually get from oak chips. The wood flavor is fairly moist, young and slightly raw, and unlike Plank I, contributes more to the taste than the texture. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is moderately full, smooth, mildly chewy. Carbonation adds a soft frothiness for a mouthfeel that lightens the body slightly. The body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is equally sweet vs. woodsy bitter and slightly acidic. Alcohol presence is mild. 4
(Overall) The wood flavor comes out a bit better in the second installment of the Plank series, creating a young, slightly earthy and vegetal natural bitterness to compliment the sweetness and filling body that this beer has. I really enjoy the notes of chocolate as it adds a creative spin to the traditional German style. The mouthfeel does a fine job at highlighting textures while balancing drinkability. Even though Heavy Seas has recently revamped their lineup and put many experimental avenues on hiatus for the distant future, I am overly eager for Heavy Seas to resume this series posthaste! 3.75
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Plank II: Dopplebock Style Lager
04-22-2014 02:26:06 | More by Jadjunk
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Pours a deep copper brown into the glass. A one-finger head of tan khaki loose foam disappears almost immediately, leaving a thin sheen of swirled lace on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a very deep rosewood mahogany, and almost completely opaque except for a touch of light at the bottom edge of the glass at the stem.
S - Deep, dark, medium-toasted malts that appear rough and woody. Moist, dark sugars. Nose is quite subdued and needs quite a bit of coaxing out of the glass, but does present itself more willingly as it warms. Traces of light, floral hops pop up.
T - A chocolate malted thick milkshake with a just a touch of roast and darkness. Cocoa nibs. Hints of moist raisins. Just enough floral bittering hops to balance the dark malts and chocolates let them shine without being cloying. Lots of chocolate/ dark caramel echos on the sides of the tongue in the finish. Not a hint of the ABV from start to finish.
M - Somewhat foamy upfront, but delivered on a smooth, creamy base that coats the tongue without being thick. Moderate carbonation. Moderately full body, with a decently loose, but integrated, structure. Soft finish that lingers. Overall, the mouthfeel is smooth and mellow.
O - An interesting take on the Dopplebock style. The wood planking seems to mute the malts, blending and smoothing everything out so no one aspect is distinct, and winds up featuring malted chocolate. There's not a trace of the ABV, and the light floral hops, especially in the nose, compliment the malt profile quite nicely. This is definitely worth a taste. Would pair well with something like raspberry/vanilla frozen yogurt.
03-06-2014 10:12:51 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
Nearly black and opaque, low head of off-white foam that settles slowly. Aroma of caramel, raisin, and toffee.
Rich flavors of coffee, raisin, root beer, and caramel. A bit sweet. Not tasting any woody notes. Low bitterness.
Slightly syrupy with a slick mouthfeel. ABV remains fairly hidden. Overall a decent beer for the style, but not great.
12-17-2013 04:50:18 | More by far333
3.71/5 rDev -4.4%
Had this when it was first released: initial notes: Pours a nice dark color. This is too sweet for my liking. Very malty and sugary.
I think it has definitely benefited from aging. Once this warms up it is malt and sweetness have mellowed and delicious. I get more carmel and the oakiness has added some nice flavor.
08-13-2013 03:26:45 | More by hef
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Black with a short lived head and no lace. Toasted bread aroma with some caramel sweetness. Sweet, pumpernickel like flavor, with a subtle earthiness. Little hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation. Very consistent from start to finish.
07-04-2013 22:03:39 | More by LittleDon
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
22oz. bomber bottle with a cool picture of a full blown skull and cross bones. This skull is even wearing a pirate hat. Right below the skull and right above the name of the beer in bold white letters is a vintage year. This is from 2012. The left side description talks about the mutiny series while the right side description talks about the beer itself.
The pirate of a beer was poured into a simple Pilsner glass. This beer wanted you to believe that it poured a pitch black color. When this beer was held up to the light, the beer raised the Jolly Roger flag. The color of this flag was a deep dark mahogany brown with a burgundy center. I actually enjoyed the color. I didn't care for the head of foam. It came on strong, but after about 2 seconds, it was gone. The initial head of foam rose up to about 1/2 an inch in height. And then in a blink on an eye, it was gone. It only managed to leave about 3 tiny islands of bubbles and a faint string of rings. As for the color of the head of foam, it was a light tan color. Noting too special.
To me it smelled like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be sweet smelling or if it should mainly focus on the roasted elements. Since it couldn't decide, the aroma was lightly sweet and slightly roasted with sweet caramel, roasted malt, a drop of toffee, a pinch of chocolate, and a scoop of raisins to round off the aroma. Pick a side and go with it. The aroma was like a pirate who couldn't decide if wanted to rape and pillage or work for a European country.
At least the taste could decide which side it wanted to be on. This beer took the slightly roasted route. Right off the bat was the roasted malts. Following the malts was a little baker's chocolate and day old wheat bread. Once those flavors had their moment, in comes the beer's tiny sweet element. This part consisted of sweet caramel, toffee, and a few rum raisins. Not bad at all. At least the taste could make a simple decision unlike the aroma which couldn't do that at all.
This was a solid medium bodied Doppelbock that had a decent level of carbonation and a lightly roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste contained roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a few drops of alcohol. The aftertaste was like the head of foam. It came on strong and then it faded into oblivion after 2 seconds.
It's not a horrible Doppelbock. I'll give them that one. There wasn't anything in this beer that stuck out. It was pretty much a slightly above average Doppelbock. I'm glad the beer controlled the alcohol. Would I drink this beer again? No, one bottle is good enough for me.
05-26-2013 02:12:18 | More by AltBock
Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
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