1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Plank II - Heavy Seas Beer

Not Rated.
Plank IIPlank II

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rabiddawg
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Photo of troysoy2
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 silentjay
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 nimrod979
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 onetodave
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 murraymj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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.

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 Kromes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.