Deep Six
Heavy Seas Beer

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Porter - English
Ranked #46
Ranked #16,144
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Dark and earthy, this robust porter exhibits rich mocha-like complexity, with a dry finish that keeps all hands on deck.
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a black color with a lasting finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a mild pace. Some lace, somewhat stringy and sliding. The aroma had some roastiness, coffee beans and grounds, light smoke, some black licorice - sweet and spicy tones, dark fruits, sweet wood, and a touch of cereal grain sweetness. The flavor was moderately roasty with a touch of the sweet trying to balance. And it does a pretty good job for the most part. Sly roasty aftertaste. Not much of a finish, somewhat roasty - somewhat sweet. The palate was almost medium bodied seeming to sit just a touch under and having a pretty good carbonation. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty good porter, I might be able to come back to.

Jun 10, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee color with a one finger mocha head; shards of lacing linger

Smell: Chocolate, toasted brown bread with notes of smoke, earth and coffee

Taste: Chocolate and toasted brown bread forward, with an earthy hop character building through the middle; touches of smoke, fruit and coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice porter; like the fruit and chocolate elements and the touch of smoke

Aug 22, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malts dominate the nose with just a little chocolate; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with a very nice roastiness.

Jul 05, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a dark tan head. Head is medium size with less than average retention. Lacing is just isolated spots on the pint glass. Strong and pleasant aroma of rich sweet malt, a little lactose like milk stout and some coffee. Taste is more of the same, slightly sweet and malty with some coffee. There is a some smokiness is the taste that is not found in the aroma and slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth with a touch of bitterness in the end. No alcohol presence noticeable. A very enjoyable porter.

Jun 24, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English porter style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 12, 2016
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brblanch from Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottled poured into pint glass. Best by 5/10/2016. Very dark brown, cola like appearance. One finger tan bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves into thin tan ring around edge of glass with no lacing. I pick up roasted malts with little else on the nose - to me, not the strength of this beer. Taste follows the nose with dry finish. I'm not picking up the mollasses flavor others have noted. Mouthfeel a bit thinner than I expected. Very low hop presence, true to style for English Robust Porters. Overall, not a favorite for me and I prefer American version with larger hop presence, Smuttynose RP for example.

Mar 27, 2016
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88caprice from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up reluctantly to complete a pick-your-own six. My first Heavy Seas.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: I'm surprised how good this is. Great flavor without any of the burnt or acidic unpleasantries this style can sometimes have. I may love it.

Pours a viscous deep brown. Barely any head, but a thin ring of brown bubbles.
Smells of coffee, a hint of fireplace, and maybe raisin.
A smokey, leathery taste. Cocoa and... something i just can't place. Is it molasses without the sweetness? No, something even more rootsy. Not bitter though. Just earthy, dark, and dirty. A very pleasant finish.
Medium to full body, low carbonation. Fairly smooth. Coats the mouth a little.

Mar 14, 2016
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle says BB May 17 16. DFH Tulip. Served just about room temp.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque dark brown/black, with 1 finger tan head, quickly fades to a pretty thick skim of tan, with little pools of bubbles here and there. Little in the way of lacing, but retained that skim of head all the way down.

Smell: Initially a little fruit, quickly overpowered by roasted malt, and that bloody/flinty/burnt smell I associate with many roasted beers.

Taste: Roasty, somewhat floral arrival turns to molasses midway - no, really, this beer tastes like molasses! Not as sweet as molasses, but just barely tips the scales on the sweeter side of the spectrum. A little touch of floral/earthy hop on the mid-palate, but a roasty affair overall. Lingering roast bitterness, and some hop character. Not really a coffee or chocolate like porter to me; more like very heavily roasted malt or slightly burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than expected; medium; active but not excessive carbonation. Fairly clean finishing for an ale.

Overall: A nice change-up from my usual porters, but not anything I'd go back to. In the winter I appreciate easy-drinking darker beers, but this isn't really ever going to be a go-to, or even memorable for me. Perhaps this is milder on account of the English style? What I generally love about English beers are the yeast esters and earthy hops, but here that is almost completely covered by the roast, so why bother? Really though it is that lingering flinty/bloody quality that comes through in some roasted beers that I just didn't like here.

Mar 11, 2016
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown with thin tan head. Little lacing. Aroma is non-existent. Taste of roasted malt and light chocolate. No bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

Mar 04, 2016
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap from Piper's Pub, South Side Pittsburgh for lunch with Leah's parent's before going to see Jordyn at the aquarium. Very nice flavor and head. There is an in testing taste in this that I cannot place. It's some grapefruit, but finishes with an indescribable flavor that Leah nor I can place. Decent offering, but not one of our favorite high ranking porters.

Feb 26, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight shaker: color is black, amber edges, head is tan presenting about 1/2 inch thick, then dissipating quickly to nothing with no lacing.

Smell is deep malt, chocolate, espresso, toffee, then drying and earthy hop undertones with subtle yeastiness.

Taste emphasizes the aromas with a dark chocolate bitterness that blends with dry espresso and some light sweetness; subtle fruitiness from the yeast byproducts then some drying hop bitterness with earthy/grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel balances the strong flavors and dryness from the bitterness and fermentation, tongue dries out nicely without much cloying malt flavor.

Overall, a very, very good porter; maybe more traditional or cask like in presentation from the fruit subtleness and crisp dry feel.

Feb 03, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival.
Very dark body with a thin bubbly head.
Creamy, near full body. Very light smoke in the flavor and virtually none in the aroma which is more sweet and malty. Moderately strong flavor for style.

O: recommended.

Jan 23, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a tasting with a small pour in a pint glass from a keg.. This is a very traditional porter. Very well made and rivals some of the best in this style.

Nov 07, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Virtually black with a thin tan head and lacing. The smell is typical porter: malt, dark chocolate, and a little burnt coffee. Smells a little like a campfire after a rain. The flavor is a nice dark, burnt coffee with chocolate accents; it's quite dry. It's a nice flavor but not a robust one. This is a medium-bodied porter with a pleasing mouth feel. At 6.8 ABV, it's very drinkable. Overall, it's a good porter - not the level of Founders Porter - but enjoyable.

Aug 16, 2015
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It pours black with a dark brown head. It has aromas of chocolate and coffee. It has a bitter start with coffee flavors and a chocolate finish. It is lively due to the carbonation.

Aug 15, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Baltimore Alehouse location. served in shaker pint glass

black in color, khaki colored head. nice roasty aroma. taste is on the drier side, not too sweet. typical chocolate and coffee flavors. fuller bodied. overall, a nice porter.

Jul 19, 2015
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wrogers19971 from Delaware

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little post Fourth of July celebration beer drinking with a Heavy Seas Beer Deep Six Robust English Style Porter!! Robust doesn't even sum it up... Rich flavors and aromas of vanilla, molasses, espresso and bitter chocolate. The body of the beer is sweet, smooth, balanced and dry. There is very little hop bitterness in the body and finish. A fantastic interpretation of a Porter. Drink this ale slow because this liquid indulgence will quickly suck you out to sea. What everyone else drinking this beautiful Sunday night?
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Jul 10, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a deeper beige head atop.Hardwood smoke,earth,and chcolate in the nose,good smokiness without being too much.The smoke hits up front on the palate bu again not overbearing,chocolate and coffee roast in the finish.The body is just a tad prickly other than that this is a real solid smoked porter.

Jun 17, 2015
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fscottkey from New York

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.50] Pours out a very dark brown. It has an impressive dark tan head - that is 1 1/2 fingers high. The head is dense and creamy looking. The bottle lists the ABV (6.8%). It has a best by date of 5/23/15.

S: [3.50] I get dark fruits and a smoked wood or bacon smell.

T: [2.75] The smoked wood / bacon flavor carries over from the nose. The back end has some more traditional roasted malt flavor. There is an unmistakable metallic taste too.

M: [2.75] The carbonation and tingle seem a little high for this style. The mouthfeel is watery. The finish is right for this style but gets diminished by the metallic taste.

O: [3.00] Not my favorite. The bacon scent and taste sound better than they are. The metallic taste also detracts from the beer. I won't get this one again.

Jun 16, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger and a half of caramel-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Lots of earthy, roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, as well as lots of coffee and dark chocolate, a touch of licorice and smoke. Very, very earthy.

Taste: Excellent, with lots of roasted malt up front, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, touches of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly chewy, and creamy and smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really, good porter! Lots of flavor, in a really satisfying, quaffable beer. Highly recommended!

Jun 12, 2015
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a a solid black color with some red when held up to the light. There is a small 1.5 finger head which dissaptates quickly though some of it remains as a collar; no lacing to speak of.

The smell is chocolate and coco powder. There is also a fruity and nutty quality.

The taste has a light chocolate quality though no burnt coffee taste. There is a nutty quality and a little sourness as well. The malts are mostly sweet, not roasted; the malt backbone is thick. The feel is thick and chewy. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall this is a decent porter. It is not as complex as some others that I have had but it appears to be a good representation of the style. This might be good for someone that does not like the heavy 'burnt coffee' taste that comes with many Porters. Note: The flavor and smell improve as this brew warms up.

May 21, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/1...pours deep black with very little foam. Just a ring to know its there. Smooth vanilla and chocolate nose, light. Light bodied milk chocolate taste, some coffee too. Small bitter. Earthy.

May 10, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick pour for a porter; almost black in the glass with an amber tinge at the bottom of the glass. A two finger brown head. Wonderful looking brew

Smell: Subtle bakers chocolate, lightly roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of dark fruit makes for light yet balanced aromas

Taste: Cocoa covered dark fruits upfront with cocoa and lightly roasted/smoked malt in the finish. A touch of hops as well

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Goes down okay, a little gritty and dry with moderate bitterness throughout

Overall: As far as english style porters go, this is pretty good. Its fairly complex between cocoa, roasted malt, toffee, smoke, and dark fruit notes. The taste is better than the smell which i appreciate. I prefer the American version, but this is a solid English style porter

Apr 20, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I long ago recognized Heavy Seas as a brewer that consistently make tasty products. This is no exception.

It looks typical. Pretty much opaque. The smallish head and fizz has fine bubbles and is a nice light brown. Nice lacing. The aroma is faint but totally clean (nothing bad). It's somewhat hoppy smelling for the style, but it is faint.

The taste is a very roasty and slightly hoppy porter. The malt profile is lower than most, but the balance definitely works. The aftertaste is a burnt bitter, very pleasant lingering flavor. This is an extremely drinkable porter and I wish I had a whole bucket of them to drink this afternoon.

Apr 12, 2015
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MarkLinton1 from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive. Beautiful deep black pour with thin tan head. Tastes are subtle yet distinct. Very earthy roasted malt, mocha and coffee flavors. Dry slightly astringent finish. Easy drinker. Right up there in the top tier of English Style Porters.

Apr 10, 2015
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