Heavy Seas - Blackbeard’s Breakfast Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Porter | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Blackbeard’s Breakfast Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee PorterHeavy Seas - Blackbeard’s Breakfast Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
We partnered with local coffee producer Chesapeake Bay Roasting to produce this intriguing ale. Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roast coffee notes and rounded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-06-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,092
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
350
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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39
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Trade:
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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon barrel aged porter with coffee. Poured from a bottle into a MadTree tulip. The pour is very dark, nearly black, and sports about a finger of rather dark tan head with average retention. The nose is very roasty with lots of espresso and roasted malt, but there are also some rich notes of toasted oak and vanilla.

Medium full body with a firm feel and a rich and balanced flavor. Up front I get some molasses, fresh bread, and toffee, then lots of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of toasted oak and bourbon creep in. Near the finish, I get some sarsaparilla, which lingers a bit. Nothing objectionable, but the feel is a little thin for such a heavy beer. Also, it doesn't have the deep roastiness and subtle creaminess that a good porter has. It tastes like a stout or strong ale and not a porter. It kind of reminds me of Dragon's Milk with a slightly thinner feel. That said, I may pick up some more of this and spend some extra time with it. I kind of like it.

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Photo of Burghman
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a small creamy brown head. Medium retention. A thin film always remains, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Mild bourbon, toasted oak, toasted coconut, caramel, acrid black coffee, burnt raisin, black licorice.

T: Bitter chocolate, some bourbon, toasted oak, toasted coconut, black coffee. Some hints of black licorice, prune, and raisin. Mild caramel and vanilla bourbon sweetness, with a pungent bitter finish of coffee grounds and even black pepper. Lingering remains of oak tannins.

F: Medium, fairly well carbonated. Creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spectru
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with a dark tan head; A rich bouquet with a hint of alcohol and sweetness; Very rich, smooth mouthfeel, just a little tangy from the alcohol, carbonation is light to moderate; Taste is influenced by the nose, chocolate sweetness, alcohol, just a hint of the bourbon, the coffee is almost hidden; A very interesting beer - one to say, "Here, taste this." but not something I would drink frequently.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2018 bottling

Pours an opaque dark brown-black with a short-lived tan head

Aroma of coffee strikes first, but is heavily subdued by a blanket of alcohol and a slight smattering of dark chocolate.

Taste is a further extension of the nose, only with a bit more of the barrel to stunt the flavor; some faint vanilla is introduced, though, but not enough to significantly effect the overall flavor.

Feels relatively thin, but at times had a pleasant sticky character.

Just too disjointed all around. There are some solid base elements in this one, but they're just not showing under all the booziness.

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Photo of Jmar25
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "18077"

Appearance: The body is black under a short light brown head. It has a nice chocolate milk colored head that has good retention for the ABV (10% ALC/VOL as indicated by the label). It leaves a short tan ring in the glass.

Aroma: There is a nice espresso aroma to the beer with a bit of green pepper.

Taste: Up front there is a coffee flavor quickly followed by an earthy chocolate taste. There is a nice roasted flavor with a hint of carbon. The aftertaste has a bit of mint and carbon. Some alcohol comes through at various points while drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel: It is nice and smooth with a bit of a thin but sticky finish.

Overall: It wasn't until after drinking the beer for a while that I had to double check that I was even reviewing the right beer. The title didn't say anything about bourbon or barrels but in a scrawl on the front label it says "Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Brewed with Coffee." It certainly tastes like a coffee porter but it lacks the bourbon and barrel flavor. Maybe it is hidden behind the strong coffee flavor? In any event the beer is very tasty and I would both drink it again and recommend it if you aren't concerned with the lack of bourbon.

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Photo of Lahey
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a good imperial porter in that it tastes like a porter more than a stout while being this high abv. It has some coffee and bourbon in the taste, well rounded. Maybe a bit of dark fruit... A little thin and fizzy, but porters are on the thin side. Overall not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChronicLynx
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mjw2808
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deg
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with medium tan head that recedes
Smell of fragrant roast coffee with stone fruit and vanilla
Mouthfeel is smooth and has coffee oily texture coating with moderate roast and light astringent with semi sweet finish
Tastes toasty with a full coffee taste with light vanilla and cocoa and mild toffee with slight coconut and gentle oak element as it finishes on the sweet side
Overall a high quality barrel aged coffee porter with smoothness it does not drink like 10%

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Photo of q33jeff
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**
11/02/17

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, small beige head.

AROMA: wood, bourbon , malt, coffee...in that order.

TASTE: lots of wood, and some whiskey. Lacking some beer qualities, malty or hoppy.

FEEL: the feel is thin.

A touch disappointing.
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Photo of MJSFS
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobHB
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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