Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
07-29-2012 21:23:02 | More by johnnnniee
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
07-28-2012 02:34:48 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
07-10-2012 17:25:46 | More by OWSLEY069
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-25-2012 14:50:23 | More by jgasparine
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-24-2012 12:30:50 | More by Brenden
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
06-19-2012 18:18:00 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-08-2012 04:13:52 | More by Chaney
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
06-06-2012 02:11:36 | More by ckollias
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
06-02-2012 22:22:23 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-30-2012 00:48:16 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-24-2012 23:17:58 | More by larryi86
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-21-2012 01:05:14 | More by DrDemento456
Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
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