Winter Storm Imperial ESB | Heavy Seas Beer

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Winter Storm Imperial ESBWinter Storm Imperial ESB
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3.8/5
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1,057 Ratings
Winter Storm Imperial ESBWinter Storm Imperial ESB
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)

Added by stirgy on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,891
Reviews:
533
Ratings:
1,057
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
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36
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Photo of h4ger
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lampro
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty and bitter. Smooth drinking, became somewhat estery as it warmed up. Got this at a bargain $0.50!

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Photo of Kelly10359
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BJB13
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Slightly cloudy tarnished copper in the glass with an inch of somewhat rocky off-white foam leaving some slick lacing.

Nose is a moderate to strong aroma of bread and caramel malt with a hint of earthy hop and some not quite dark fruity esters coming through.

No surprise after a good whiff the taste is medium bitter, both from toasted malt and hops, with a little caramel and darkish fruit sweetness. Bitterness may even be high for the style.

To the high side of thin bodied with fairly low carbonation it finishes rather smooth with a bit of frothiness. It does coat the tongue some but not too noticeably.

I have looked forward to this brew for the last few winters.

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Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

HEAVY SEAS WINTER STORM IMPERIAL ESB 1/31/18

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a; Clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense patchy lacing

s: Caramel malt with slight cinnamon and pear notes.

t: Mild caramel and spice with light to moderate hop bite which lingers more as it warms. Sweetish finish along with some residual bite.

m: Medium, smooth body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A good ESB with little hop bite until it grows stronger later, which along with light notes of spice and fruit provide a relatively complex overall taste experience. The format suggests the potential for conflict between any hop flavors and the basic caramel malt, but this works well in substituting some additional if still mild hop bitterness for a heavier malt profile.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a pint glass

Clear, copper colored, white head. Mild aroma of earthy hops and bready malt. Mildly bitter, Clean flavor. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by Feb 13, 2018. CBF Tulip.

A: pours a golden copper-amber with tiny chunks of suspended sediment and 1/4 finger off white head that fades quickly but retains well. Streams of small-bubble carbonation. Exquisite lacing.

S: sweet, orangey citrus malt. This beer smells exactly as I expected and desired. Very similar to Mt. Carmel Harvest, or a toned-down Bigfoot. English esters, too. Overripe pears.

T: taste follows the nose to begin with - sweet malt - toasted wheat bread dripping with orange honey, orange marmalade. Toward the end the sweetness doesn't stop, but is overlaid with a slightly floral, heavily woodsy hop bite that lingers into the finish.

M: full bodied without a doubt. Middling carbonation, and extremely slick.

O: I came into this expecting this to be a contender for one of my favorite beers of all time, and the appearance, smell, and first sip didn't disappoint. But it quickly got sickly sweet and too heavy. Definitely more of a sipper. Would love to have it again, but what I love about ESBs is this flavor profile and sessionability, and though this has the flavor profile 100%, the imperial aspect does it in for me.

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Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Nearly-clear mahogany brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid ring of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel... earthy... mild spice.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and spicy... caramel and toasted grains. Earthy/nutty and balanced with some spice and hop bitterness. Dark fruits and yeast. Medium to light bodied... well carbonated. Sharp on the tongue... the finish is bitterness and molasses.

O: A really nice ESB.. great flavor, good mix of bitter and sweet. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Djoneil
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TWRBVB
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuhndog
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrOH
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark amber with a dense off-white head. Good retention and lace.
Toffeeish malts, some yeasty fruitiness, a whiff of spicy hops.
Deep caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Nice earthy/spice hop flavor.
Kinda heavy, but it's meant to be a winter beer.
My favorite offering from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of GHow
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as a X-mas gift from the youngest of My Three Sons. This (E)xtremely (S)mooth (B)Sailor from Maryland meets high standards in my captains log. Dark color, spicy, earthy, forest taste. Also gifted a logo-ed chart map pint Heavy Seas glass. Arghhh Yee Matey!

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Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, dense, off-white foam with medium retention. Medium bready, toasted and caramel malt aromas with light earthy hop and boozy notes. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Light smooth feel through the middle with boozy warmth toward the finish. Dark fruity flavors up front followed by toasty and bready malt aromas. Medium, earthy, lightly spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Spicy hop flavors and a boozy bite from the middle to the end. Finished with light bready malt and spicy hop flavors. Evenly balanced hop and malt flavors with pleasant boozy warmth.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,057 ratings