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Winter Storm | Heavy Seas Beer

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Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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

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Ratings: 1,081 |  Reviews: 546
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark orange/amber color with a slight transparency about it. Capped by a small little white foamy head. Dissipated nicely to leave some messy speckled lace.
The aroma starts off with a huge toffee sweet malty character playing with a ton of grassy hops. Fruity esters enter in sweetly with noticeable "boozy" features.
The flavor was moderately bitter and dry like a normal ESB ending up providing a substantial toffee maltiness. Long bold toffee sweet aftertaste and a grassy to earthy play.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under. Good carbonation and ABV. Finish is crisp and fruity dry, eloquent hoppiness for balance.
Overall, it's a pretty cool concept of an ESB. ABV is cleaned up enough to say this works.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StupidlyBrave
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwkash
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spectru
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very dark amber, clear; creamy colored head recedes rapidly; good-smelling beer; nicely carbonated, sparkly; The taste is fairly robust, but not clearly identifiable to me.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour with deep frothy head. Smells of caramel and hops. Bitter taste is just right and doesn’t over power your mouth. Slightly sour finish.

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Photo of Gadzook
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maestro0708
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber, fairly clear, with a small white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is rich malt, hint of caramel, earthy, spicy hops.

Good balance in the flavor between earthy, spicy hops and rich, bready malt. Hints of caramel sweetness are swept away by a firm bitterness.

Body is medium, carbonation seems a bit high for the style.

Its hard to find ESB in the States. This is a tasty imperial version.

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Photo of Budlum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustCamIt
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: reddish-amber and moderate head
S: jasmine tea, raisin, and caramel
T: fruitcake ( the type that has no cake but made of candied fruit, peel, and brandy)
F: medium bodied and oily
O: Uncomplicated drinking. Quite nice and competitively priced.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This nice ESB pours a
muddled orange tinged brown color with a nice head of khaki foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and shows some light lacing.
Nose of subtle citrus, moderate pine, and caramel malt. Flavors are
perfect for the style---citrus and pine mingle with a spicy rye note
and sweet caramel malts with a touch of spicy hops. Very nice mouth
feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a sweet malt and
balanced hop finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a great brewery!


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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Winter Storm brewed by Heavy Seas Beer, with an ABV of 7.50% This English Extra Special/ Strong Bitter pours out a deep amber/Copper color with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Really digging the copper color of this brew. The smell is rich with grains and malts, with a nice amount of hop bitterness. You also pick up some spices. Now for the taste , it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up a nice amount of spices mixed with grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew This well put together brew. The body of Winter Storm is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50 ABV in this brew,it is that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Winter Storm a 4.25 out 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Heavy Seas Beer, did a super nice job with brew.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, 18217/225, BEST BY FEB2619... poured into a large glass mug)

L: fairly clear, med-dark amber-tawny liquid, 3/4" pad of off-white foam on pour, collapses to thin, persistent pad, but no lace

S: robust underlying caramel-y malts, raisin-packed; floral-herbal, tea-like, dried citrus peel hop aromas atop... hint of alcohol lifting what's an invitingly rich, almost doppelbock malty scent

T: huge pop of earthy, herbal/piney, pungent hop bitterness up front; rich, caramel-loaded malt starting midway, dropping during the finish, leaving a humming aftertaste of that peppery-spicy, piney/woody, black tea-like hop bitterness and a toasty, lightly-burnt, clearly-defined display of caramel malt... alcohol is at a perfect complimentary level against the unabashed bittering

F: thick, viscous malty body, plump and oily going through, cut hard in the finish by its mildly-stinging bitterness and soft ethanol burn

O: heard about this on a Brewbound podcast - had never tried this before... glad I had to buy a six-pack (and was lucky to actually stumble across one too), because this was a love-at-first-sip experience... rather American flavors overall and/or much like a heartily-hopped doppelbock - one of the more dynamic US-y USBs I've tried!

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Photo of Grackos
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of KonigObHops
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at a local craft store. The beer was a hazy medium copper color with yeast floating in it (which was a surprise because there is nothing on the bottle stating that this beer is bottle conditioned. The head was off white and about one finger-width clear.

The aroma of the beer was slightly hoppy with a hint of citrus.

The initial taste was a bit on the sweet side, but in the middle it is somewhat earthy. The beer finishes with notes of citrus.

The mouthfeel was well balanced between smooth and crisp.

Overall, this was a nice example of a style that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. I would be happy to find this beer again.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep, reddish amber color. Middling head with minimal retention. Left nice bands of lacing.

S---Sweet malts dominate. Caramel & some fruit. Not complex, but not bad, either.

T---Malty, very malty. There's actually some hop notes in there, too. Caramel & dark fruits.

F---Full & rich. Creamy. Minimal carbonation.

O---A nice (on some light steroids) example of an ESB. Not my first choice of styles, but it's pretty good, nonetheless

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Photo of jrc1093
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/17/19

Pours a deep, burnt ruby hue with a short-lived finger of off-white head; quick retention leaves a fair amount of thicker, webby lacing around the glass.

Aromas of piney, earthy hops on a deeply saturated backbone of amber malts with hints of tempered diacetyl fleeting in between; pine, wood, leather, all well-pronounced and smooth.

Tastes of robust earthy malt, charred caramel, and faint, enhancing diacetyl adding a certain flow to the profile; earthy, grassy hops appear subtly on the finish.

Mouthfeel medium-bodied with well-balanced carbonation and a crisp, subtle denseness on the palate; lightly coats the palate with flavor while a malty bitterness maintains a general consistency.

Dense and earthy while never losing its sessionability; a well-made beer with pronounced character built for easy drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced, biscuity malt but not too heavy, dash of caramel malt, hops have a bitter European kiss, checks all of the boxes for the style, well done

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

Photo of h4ger
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Storm from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,081 ratings