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Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

Plank IIPlank II

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is aged on thermally treated planks of poplar and eucalyptus wood.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-18-2012)
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 10:12:51 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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far333

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 04:50:18 | More by far333
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hef

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 03:26:45 | More by hef
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LittleDon

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:03:39 | More by LittleDon
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AltBock

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:12:18 | More by AltBock
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Pencible

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and cola, with some honey wheat bread and molasses.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and honey wheat, with some cola and molasses and oaky toasted coconut. It had a somewhat clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Full slick body.
D: This was a decent doppelbock, but it didn't show much barrel character. The scent and taste were a bit muddy, but the body was nice and the alcohol was well hidden. So it wasn't difficult to drink. Probably not for aging. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:26:01 | More by Pencible
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a smallish, light beige head.

Smell: Malty and sweet-scented with firm notes of roasted malt, hot chocolate mix, and sugary caramel-flavored candy. Some skins-on dark fruitiness. I'm coming up empty on the planks, just a whole lot of maltiness.

Taste: Cocoa, heavy caramel, and Tootsie Rolls glazed with instant coffee. Moderate sweetness. Dark fruits. Subtle wood character, I'd hoped for a better showcasing of the woods. Slight spiciness, a faint flutter of earthines

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 01:22:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Prime16

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a great chocolate, milkshake head. A skim ring of foam stays with the beer. Good milkshake

Very faint raisin/dark dried fruit in the nose.

Dark cherry, raisin, dates, malty flavors, vanilla, and slight booze. Well done and nicely balanced.

Full bodied, light carboation.

A very nice beer and worth a taste, I prefer this one on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 17:39:26 | More by Prime16
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with no real head. A skim ring of foam stays with the beer. Some ruby hues when held to the light.

Dark fruit, cherry woody notes in the nose. A touch mild here, but that is being picky.

Rich malt flavors with dark fruit, some beer soaked wood, over-ripe cherry, prune, vanilla, and a little booze. Flavors stay with you and yet the sweetness dries out to mild bitter at the end with a light bitter and fruit mix. Nice.

Full bodied, but a little swishy. Some light carbonation on the tongue. Wanted a bit more chew here.

Nice domestic doppel. Nice flavors and overall balance. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:41:11 | More by OtherShoe2
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy beeruser for giving me this one to tick! 2012 vintage! Served from bottle into a RJ Rockers shaker. Poured dark red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, dark chocolate, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one definitely did a nice job of incorporating loads of the flavors and aromas that one would come to expect from this style. The aroma however was a little weak in intensity which made it hard to pick up on things. The flavor on the other hand was very nicely balanced and complex which made it rather easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I thought that I had ticked this one before, but glad I got the chance to do so again due to not reviewing it. I suggest you try it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 18:28:02 | More by thagr81us
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(2012 bottling). Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, oak, herbal, earth, and light pepper. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, prune, oak, herbal, earth, and light clove. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, prune, oak, nuttiness, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great flavor complexity and balance and extremely smooth to sip on for such a big beer. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:04:25 | More by superspak
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a smallish beige head that lacks in size but makes up in retention. Smells of dark caramel and burnt sugar, some vanilla and lots of dark dried fruits and some bready pilsner malt. Clean inviting aroma, but could showcase some dark fruit a little better. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of caramel and brown sugar. Dark dried fruits, melanoidins, and hints of chocolate round out the flavor quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet dark fruity syrupy mouthfeel. Nice American dopplebock, but is lacking that certain something that makes German style dopplebocks superior. Decoction mashing perhaps? Still a great dopplebock!
I had to edit this review a bit after I read the label, apparently this one has some oak added which I guess I didn't notice at first since it is quite subtle. I think the tannins from the wood actually detract from the beer rather than enhance. The wood probably provides some balance and drying against the sweetness of this malty beer, but also adds a harshness that I wasn't expecting in a clean lager beer. Still a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:23:02 | More by johnnnniee
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, but it settles to a single layer of bubbles that leaves very little lace. The liquid is deep mahogany brown where light does shine through the center of the glass.

Smokey and earthy and attractive. Light semi-sweet chocolate, too.

Relatively thin bodied. but the carbonation is moderated. Full flavored with a good balance of mild sweetness and some darker malt flavors. There is alcohol in the background but it's notable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:34:48 | More by smcolw
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, and a light fruitiness of white grape. In the taste, dry nuttiness to a fruitiness, but mellow. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small, dryness of fruits and nuts. The nuttiness is a bit different but nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:25:46 | More by OWSLEY069
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been hanging onto a bottle for a few months now. Seems to have improved with age.

Appearance- Poured cola-brown with a thin tan head, which slowly receded, leaving little bits of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma- The aroma was quite faint until the beer warmed. Then, some big stewed malts were met with some impressions of toffee and a slight woodiness.

Flavor- Malt up-front, with some impressions of toffee, chocolate and leather. Then becomes a bit drier on the mid-palate, cut by some woody tannins. The finish lingers for a short while, with a malty and woody note, and just a slight tannic bitterness. No fruity esters.

Moutheel- Medium to medium-plus body. Soft carbonation. Slight astringency from the wood tannins.

Overall- A clean dopplebock that plays well with the wood aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 14:50:23 | More by jgasparine
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are recent.

This one is what I expect from a doppel, a dark brown color with a finger tall tan head on top. The head sticks around for a good while and leaves thick lacing as it falls.
The nose showcases that this one is heavy on the malts, but with less of a focus on the anise, licorice or molasses notes that define the style. The distinctive molasses-like sweetness is there, but lightly. The aroma is a bit light overall as well. A bit of dark fruits and a touch of wood smoke A ghost of smokiness, more the woody aspect) come out underneath. The flavor brings out a heaviness in the sweetness of it along with the alcohol and lets it sit on top of the malts, though it weighs it down just a bit. What wood does to a doppelbock is very interesting. A hint of cocoa and some herbal hops come out in the finish.
This is a thick beer, not on the heavy side for a doppel but full-bodied, as it should be. Crispness is low but keeps things going, focusing more on flow and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 12:30:50 | More by Brenden
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/07/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle ordered at RFD before Lupulin, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cedar, a bit musty, bready malts, grains, wood. Smells kind of old and musty, guessing from the wood. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, wood, oak, bread, grains. Much better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 8.5% ABV.

o - Overall a decent doppelbock; I think I like it a little more than I remember liking Plank I. The nose was a bit woody and musty, but some nice fruit came through in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:18:00 | More by mdfb79
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking to experiment with the whole "Plank" style in my own homebrewing practice.

Served in a DFH oversized snifter.

A: Dark, dark reddish brown, with a very foamy, one finger or less head that looked like a beautiful whipped cream on top of the liquid.

S: I got the whole Doppelbock profile in spades: pure malt, red wine, chocolate, and raisons. Not much in the way of wood aging so far... but we shall see.

T: Delicious! I got the whole DB malt compound here: semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, cranberry juice, and red grapes. I didn't get any wood aging, but overall, I'm usually not a fan of this style because of its "rough around the edges" malty and uber sweet character that is completely devoid of any hop components. Perhaps the "plank" technique helped soften this?

M: The carbonation was done to perfection, the sweetness was kept in check (again, maybe the "plank" contribution?), and the lacing was perfectly realized (small) for this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 04:13:52 | More by Chaney
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ckollias

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 22 oz bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a tan 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace with a slight trail down the glass.

S: Strong sweet malty caramel aroma with dark fruit in the background and an alcoholic twinge.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous malt caramel sweetness. Mild chocolate overtones, with a slight wood flavor.

M: Pretty strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent doppelbock - great aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:11:36 | More by ckollias
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billab914

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a pretty big malty sweetness to it with caramel and dark fruit flavors playing a prominent role. I get some notes of cherry to it, which I really like. I get a little chocolate along with a touch of wood, but the wood is very faint.

The taste follows through with more of the malty, dark fruit flavors. Cherry, caramel, a touch of caramel and a little bit of roasted malts helping to give it a little balance in the finish. Again, the wood aging is very light and I probably wouldn't even notice it had it been a blind tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid Doppelbock. I didn't get much of the wood aging to it, but I liked the beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:22:23 | More by billab914
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Rich, brownish read color with a creamy, two-finger head of off-white foam. Carbonation seems fine and lacing is sorta minimal.

S: Complex, fruity malt aroma with some spicy sweetness, boozy notes and a distinct, woody scent.

T: Sweet, fruity and almost cloying roasted caramel flavors are laid on thick at first. A mild, malt and hop derived bitterness cuts the palate a bit before laying down some woody tobacco and whiskey flavors. The finish is smooth, sweet, but still a little hot. The woody aging smooths things over pretty nicely.

M: Full-bodied, rich, sweet and complex with a smooth, malty booziness and velvety wood touch.

O: A pretty nice, wood-aged Americanized doppelbock from Heavy Seas. More refined than their Hang Ten or other forays into bock territory, the 8.5% ABV Plank II has a place alongside Great'er Pumpkin as a favored Heavy Seas wood-aged Mutiny Fleet offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:48:16 | More by Gambrinus1184
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larryi86

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A- Brown with a four finger tan head.

S- Caramel malts, dark fruits, hints of wood, kind or weak.

T- Caramel malts, wood really stands out, dark fruits, some chocolate and earthy spices, a lot bigger than the smell let's on.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- The nose is weak, but other than that Heavy Seas did a great job with this beer. Good price, definitely will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:17:58 | More by larryi86
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed Plank I so it was nice to find this bomber for under 8 bucks at my Giant Eagle (RT.8 one)

A - Damn that's a dark color for a Dopplebock. Almost black tinted brown with a 1/2 inch of mocha head. Lacing is OK.

S - Not getting much smell wise maybe some mild plank and caramel but again it's faint.

T - Well it's not the most flavorful but it is pretty balanced. No detectable ABV mixes well with mild caramel and toffee flavors. Maybe I am also tasting some bread and the Plank comes in mid-palate giving that much needed "wood" flavor. Not bad.

M - Medium and chewy. Great for the style.

Overall I am not sure why people would would want more barrel since this beer delivers the mild qualities of the Eucalyptus wood and good Dopplebock undertones.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:05:14 | More by DrDemento456
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. I found the poplar to be quite interesting in Plank I. Now, I get poplar AND eucalyptus. What else could I ask for?

2.5 A: Dark brown/black color. One finger of fizzy light brown head that fizzes away quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.0 S: Yep, we have some poplar again. It's seems to make sense with beer. I wish other breweries would toy around with it. The Eucalyptus is harder to figure out. I'm not sure if I'm mistaking it for a portion of the poplar or a portion of the base beer. Speaking of the base beer, it is unusually tame. Subtle and muted. The strongest aromas include a light roastiness, chocolate, and caramel. Give me more power and this would be a great smelling poplary beer.

3.5 T: I think I might have figured out what the Eucalyptus is doing. While the poplar gives a "juicy" woodiness, the Eucalyptus is giving a "pithy" woodiness. Either that, or I'm just full of shit (which I most likely am). Anyway, the woodinesses are solid. The base beer opens up a lot more in the taste, but it still isn't overly impressive. Light roastiness, big caramel, chocolate, and moderate neutral malt sweetness with the characteristic lager yeast taste.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this. Solid here.

3.5 D: Another tasty poplar beer from Heavy Seas. If they made the base beer a little better, this would be a huge hit. In any case, I look forward to Plank III.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:07:17 | More by DavoleBomb
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Heavy Seas pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. A finger of light tan head quickly subsides, leaving behind the slightest ring around the glass, and not a whole lot of lacing. The body is an enticingly deep mahogany. Almost pitch dark, really.

The aroma is initially of sweet maltiness, and some raisin. Not atypical of doppelbocks, but nothing special. The taste is similarly sweet, with a toasty raisin and malt throughout. The finish is clean, and luckily gains some dryness from a pleasant woodiness.

As the beer warms up, it really comes to life. The aroma gains a fine, dry, fresh cut wood. The taste then gains a unique woody mintiness, from the eucalyptus, I assume. This mint is especially noticeable when you breath in, along with a hint of alcohol. Sweet, silky chocolate is the last flavor to join the foray, for those patient enough to look for it.

Th mouthfeel is a tad light, but does well by providing a moderately dry finish. The sweetness of the beer is never perceived as being too much.

Plank II is definitely a beer to get ahold of. Part of me wishes the base beer was a little more complex, but the other part of me thinks the wood aspects might not shine as well if that were the case. Either way, I'm looking forward to Plank III...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:42:05 | More by troysoy2
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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
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