Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 3.95%
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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Photo of far333
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 (569 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (2,587 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,699 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany color, really a beautiful looking beer with a nice 2 finger tan head that has a moderate retention and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: A relatively weak aroma, full of rich caramel and dark fruits. It smells good, i just wish that there was more of it.

T: The flavor is much stronger than the aroma. Big malty flavor, slightly smoky with caramel, chocolate and raisins. There is a hint of nutty wood at the end, that reminds one of chewing on a green stick or sapling, only much more pleasant.

M: Hefty body and relatively light on the carbonation, almost chewy mouthfeel and sticky to boot.

O: I wish that I had the Plank I and plain ole doppelbock to compare side by side with this beer, but it's a good beer on it's own. Big, rich flavors, not cloyingly sweet and fairly well balanced. (820 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of hef
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Prime16
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (373 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (970 characters)

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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.