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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

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
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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Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -48.3%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Jwale73, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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 Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Lare453, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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 mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

lillitnn92, Nov 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ROGUE16, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gotta say it's a fine looking Dopplebock. Almost black in color but more of a deep mahogany. A large inch and a half head of light tan thin and light bodied erupts to a peak than smolders down into thick bubbling lace.

Dark bready malts, hints of clove phenols. The eucalyptus wood comes through. A little vinous throughout with candied dates and light raisin aromas.

Pretty solid brew, deep luscious malt character, showcasing dark, rustic breads, raisin, date, only light hints of wood but more wood tannin than anything. A hint of mint or what is probably the eucalyptus. Very dry and slightly astringent. Very nice but I would have preferred a bit of residual sugar.

mcallister, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Grinky, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rorjets, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Casterbridge
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Casterbridge, May 27, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ohtheguilt, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rabiddawg, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JakeDebus, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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

ChainGangGuy, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

silentjay, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

AltBock, May 26, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.