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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1,049 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:
#15,757
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,049
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
105
Trade:
0
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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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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
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

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

Photo of Ob512316
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz beer poured into glass.
Look: amber with a thin white head, with minimal lacing.
Smell: biscuits, caramel, toffee, and earthly notes.
Taste: Caramel, toffee, biscuits then earthly notes at the end.
Feel: Very carbonated with a really nice mouth feel, finish is dry and pretty smooth.
Overall: Balanced, love the malt first then hops at the end.

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Photo of generalraider
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours healthy sized white head, creamy and long lasting.

Big malty nose, lots of caramel, complemented with hints of earthy British hops. Overall has a rich, slightly sweet aroma.

Nice hit of malt up front, but quickly brought into balance by adequate hops. Soft bitterness carries into the finish, but the malty sweet lingers to the end as well. Quite a malt/hops battle. The big malt bill with a higher ABV beer probably explains some of the residual sweetness

Medium-full body, and lower end of medium carbonation. Very soft and pleasant on the tongue, no astringency and only the slightest hint of warming.

Nothing exceptional about it, but a nice easy drinking bigger beer. Very clean, and feels big but not overly boozy.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golfontap
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a clear medium reddish brown.
Smell is pretty faint. Earthy with some dark fruit.
Taste is malty, earthy and dark fruit.
Not as strong as expected from an imperial.

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Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,049 ratings
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