Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

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Plank IIPlank II

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BA SCORE
87
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is aged on thermally treated planks of poplar and eucalyptus wood.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 40
Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at the recommendation of my good friend Passow (iamaguitargod) when I went to bother him yesterday at his new place of employment The Wine Spot on Lee RD. in Cleveland HTS. Poured into one of my mugs, this beer pours a deep amber brown color with ruby highlights. The slightly tan colored head is about an inch thick when poured, before quickly settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a little bit of foam dotting the surface of the beer. Not much lacing here. Aromas of toasted caramel malt, a bit of clove, and certainly some woody notes. The flavor is a nice mixture of bready, caramel malt sweetness along with clove, dark fruit such as raisins, and is rounded out with the eucalyptus woodyness. Has an overall smooth, very dry, almost sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel. Coats the inside of your mouth. Light to moderate carbonation. The flavors do seem to dissipate too quickly for my taste, which I thought was odd too because of the sticky coating this beer left on the inside of my mouth. Good and drinkable in the way well crafted beer should be. Certainly an interesting offering with some unique characteristics I don't think I've experienced in many, if any of the other hundreds if not thousands of different beers I have drank. Certainly worth a try if you come across it, but there is certainly room for improvement with this one too.

Eric

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a clear dark brown with red, when held into the light.
The nose is caramel, brown sugar, some dark fruit and malt.
Tasting the beer, this is pretty much the sequence of appearance as well.
Nice and sweet Doppelbock, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  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.

Photo of troysoy2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel. Then a hearty malt character and lager yeast breadiness follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, the oak aging wasn’t as pronounced as it is in most oak-aged beers but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for a good variation of the style.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
3.97/5  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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is on cask today at Max's, so I guess it's time to give it a review.

The beer pours a rootbeer brown color with good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I do pick up is kind of unusual. There's some leather, light tobacco, a hint of dry tea and maybe some light vanilla. Pretty interesting, but... is this what the brewer was going for? Given the aroma profile, I'm almost stunned by how good this tastes. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, but with brown sugar, vanilla, some light caramel, and some light bitterness on the finish. The beer is quite tasty. Mouthfeel is superb, and IMO, this beer lends itself well to cask conditioning. There a nice soft, plush mouthfeel, and the finish is long and spice filled. Also, given the abv., I'm impressed by how well integrated the alcohol is into the flavor profile in this well crafted beer.

Nicely done... very easy to take, especially if you can find it on cask.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  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.

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Kromes
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"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

Heavy Seas Beer's
Plank II: Dopplebock Style Lager
3.8/5.00

Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is mainly fruity and yeasty. It pours a deep, opaque sable that is just a couple whiskers above black, with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head. Flavor exceeds the expectations of the aroma: strongly malty with yeasty and caramel notes and a fruity hint. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz. Look forward to more planks in this series!

Photo of Prime16
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
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