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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

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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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Reviews by troysoy2:
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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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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.

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Rich flavors of coffee, raisin, root beer, and caramel. A bit sweet. Not tasting any woody notes. Low bitterness.

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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.