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Winter Storm Imperial ESB | Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
1,032 Ratings
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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:
#15,147
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,032
pDev:
12.11%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
99
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,032 |  Reviews: 525
Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops, barley, and Malts.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops, barley notes, and Malts.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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

Photo of wonothesane42
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GFD400
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjmj51
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prue
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colin32
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly darker amber medium off white head short lived. Light lacing.

Smells of toasted malts. Light citrus and maybe some sweetness.

Bready malt at first fading to slight bitter and light citrus. Medium to lighter full body carbonation makes it slightly picky. Finishes light bitter with maybe some yeast and make

Would drink again

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass: color is copper, head is off white to extremely light tan, head presents about 1 inch thick and lingers well with a thin top.

Smell is light malt, then hoppy bitterness, then stronger caramel and toffee malt aromas.

Flavor enhances the smell to showcase the 'imperialness' of this ESB: moderate malt flavor with prominent toffee and subtle caramel and toast; hoppiness is strong in bittering qualities, less so in strong flavor with moderate citrus and light pine.

Mouthfeel is good and turns better as it warms with fairly strong bitterness, but not mouth shattering DIPA bitterness more subtle and full bitter strength on the tongue.

Overall a great brew that starts simple but a beer you need to warm to enhance the subtle malt and bittering qualities.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber producing 2 fingers of off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves webby, wisps of lacing. Aroma is caramel sweet & biscuit malt, nutty toastiness, faint cocoa, perfumey floral/herbal & thin citrus hops. Taste is malt forward caramel, biscuit & toast backed up by floral/herbal, citrus & resinous pine hops. By mid-sip the caramel sweetness balances with the hop flavors but gives way to a roasted malt & hop prominent finish & a nicely bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to slightly heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, silky with a slight oiliness, prickliness in the latter half with a heavy astringency late in the aftertaste.

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Photo of outsider
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AmitC
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Peyton5410
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deansellers
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,032 ratings
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