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Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

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Plank IIPlank II

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BA SCORE
87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

LittleDon, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein deep deep brown with a tinge of ruby,a thinner tan colored head atop.Alot of caramel in the nose along with a bit of toast and sweet grain alcohol.A nice feel in the mouth,almost chewey in the back end.Sweet caramel malts and alcohol on the palate,faint but noticable toasty wood lingers.It's a little one sided in the sweetness,for me it just lacks a little breadiness and complexity,it is still a good doppelbock though and I enjoyed it.

oberon, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown, clear

Smell: toasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate

Taste: big caramel , light chocolate, and a bark backbone

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Overall: This one is kind of middle of the road for the style that I have had. Not a bad beer, but no where near the German classics. I would drink this one again, but there are others I would go for first.

tigg924, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

far333, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Brenden, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

russpowell, May 30, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

thagr81us, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Heavy Seas Tap Takeover @ Hempen Hill BBQ

Cola-like color. Thin white head that fades to just a small ring around the top.

Aroma is very malty. Caramel, bread. and dark fruit. Mild oaky/wood aroma.

Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Moderate sweetness before a quick and clean slightly more bitter finish.

Smooth and creamy, a little bit sticky. Low carbonation. Very drinkable. ABV not noticeable.

nimrod979, Apr 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Swift989, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toasted/bready malt, wood, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some molasses. It's a mostly sweet tasting beer, but there's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit sticky and very smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. For $7.99 a bomber, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeastLU, May 18, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style tall glass, Vintage 2012.

This is a very dark doppelbock. Black walnut brown just like a good stout, some rising carbonation, and a little bit of light gets through to show some transparency in the bottom of nice chestnut. Head has some retention, off brown sort of muted swadust brown color.

Nose has a nice woody character to it. Splintery and giving to almost tree sap. Small dense malt character with a light little roast. Very nice, like this mellow balsalm like wood bent it seems.

Taste brings a very mellow and rounded malt presence. Feels like a good doppel, but has a real wood bent to it. Faint nut of toasty almond comes out upon further sips. Body seems to have a bit of light character to it, but luckily doesn't distract. Nothing too fizzy either in feel.

Overall really nice job on the wooden angle here, I really like this sucker. Great job.

smakawhat, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark brown with crimson highlights. Slight tan head.
smell: malt, bready depth. From the site, "matured with specially treated Eucalyptus and Poplar wood planks." This is in the subtle school of wood, barrel treatments as I gotta strain to get any wood smell at all. Pleasant enough to be sure.
taste: Very tasty indeed. Smooth, though lacks complexity. Not a complaint, but if I didn't know bout the wood thing, I wouldn't have guessed.
overall: very tasty, very smooth.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

atoulouk, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mendvicdog, May 13, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin line of tan bubbles on top and ruby highlights.

S: A sweet toasted malt aroma that is rather tame.

T: Toasted caramel malt and sweet honey. It has a very clean flavor throughout. It's almost a ghost beer since it is so easy to drink. Goes down smooth with good flavor and then there is a clean finish where the flavors die out and you just want more. Slightly woody and earthy.

M: Medium body with a nice smoothness to it. low carbonation makes it very drinkable.

O: A very interesting doppelbock. No nonsense and very clean in flavor and feel.

Kromes, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of hef
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

hef, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

runner440, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 11, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

DrDemento456, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

pathman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

troysoy2, May 05, 2012
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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.