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Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

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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: 9
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.