Winter Storm Imperial ESB | Heavy Seas Beer

very good
1,024 Ratings
Winter Storm Imperial ESBWinter Storm Imperial ESB

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, dark golden color with a moderate, off-white head that recedes to leave some very thin, lacing.

Aromas begin with well-toasted bready malts with a dash of dried citrus peels, earthy/floral hops and a touch of evergreen. There is a slight alcohol in the background as it warms.

The tastes negom wotj deeply toasted bread crusts and almost a generic table sugary/candy presence. Slight yeasty fruitiness as well with an emerging earthy, zesty, citrusy hop profile with a medium-high bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly crisp and dry with some lsightly emerging alcohol and hop bitterness.

Overall I really enjoy a high quality ESB but unfortunately this just was not one of them. There is an overly assertive minerally, alcohol dryness that overwhelms the flavor profile. The hops are also too American for the style, comes across as a muddled IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brownish tan, slight white head and minor lacing. Looks like a brown ale for sure.

Smell - Hops, caramel malts. Toffee, spices, brown sugar and mollasses. A little bready, grainy.

Taste - A nice bitter malt kick at first. Caramel, mixed with some spices. Then a decent hoppy note at the finish. Some pine and apple flavors, Herbel spices add a peppery flavor. Some booze shows up adding a little heat.

Motuhfeel - SOme bitterness, malts and hops coat tounge. Spices also add more bitter and peppery notes. Hops hit palate with some fruits and bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter, malty and dry.

Overall - Decent, a different kind of winter beer compaired to everything else that comes out. Its Flavorful, and a nice mix of bitter hoppy and sweet malty. Alcohol is minor in each drink. The spices really are strong and stand out. Nice change of pace, worth a drink.

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Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,024 ratings.
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