Winter Storm Imperial ESB | Heavy Seas Beer

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,023 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
Ratings:
1,023
Reviews:
522
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,023 |  Reviews: 522
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich cherry/copper into my DFH glass. A thick and fluffy, tinted head that leaves a ton of chewy lacing as it slowly fades away. Wonderful clarity!

S- Whole grain nut bread, pine needles, cashews, caramel, hay, orange/tangerine peel. Nothing really dominate or over the top, in fact... I'd say lackluster. Even as it warms, nothing really pops out at you. I'm a little dissapointed.

T- Bitter orange peel/pine sap mixed with raw sugar and caramel. Some toasted whole grain bread, wet grass, and lemon-pepper. Dry and citrusy... just a hint of alcohol. Nice, but I was hoping for more than nice. Very drinkable tho!

M- Dry... piney, some bitter citrus and hints of sweetness. Feels a bit flat.

O- A decent sit around the fire fall brew. Flat on the tongue, and nothing very special about this brew. Bitter as it should be, but the nose, taste and mouthfeel are all very underwhelming!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into DFH pint glass. Appearance is a deep reddish amber with desne micro bubbles up top and a coating left behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma skews in the direction of herbal with notes of spruce, pine, and molasses. Taste is pretty sweet with more molasses and spruce. The sweetness doesn't give way to any bitterness and is very sweet all the way to the finish. Not really getting the ESB quality here, this tastes much more like a winter warmer (Which is what the name implies as well). The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy. Overall, I don't feel that this qualifies as an ESB, and it definitely leans towards the sweet side. I would pass on this.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BostonHops
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a deep amber / borderline chestnut tone while yielding a solid 2" creamy tan head. very solid retention and some nice lacing as well. simply a great looking beer. nose is nice if not especially potent. caramel malt leads the way with some hop characters trailing in the background.

taste trends a bit more toward the so-so range IMO. big malt-forward beer with secondary notes of piney hops. not overly complex. reasonably tasty, just nothing fantastic. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a nice beer; not one i would kill myself trying to get a hold of, but does not disappoint either. moderately enjoyable.

(originally reviewed: 11-30-2011)

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/15/2012

A: Amber with good clarity. The head is a finger of slow moving beige foam. Thick sheets of lacing linger on the sides of the glass.

S: Rich malt character, redolent of bread and caramel, with pronounced dark fruit aromatics. Raisin blends with plum, prune, and date. There's a firm sugary sweetness and a touch of alcohol with earthy undertones.

T: Caramel and sweet bready malt with brown sugar and earthy notes. Light toastiness with pervasive prune, plum, and raisin. There's a low bitterness with a light alcohol presence. I get some lightly astringent dark fruit skin in the finish.

M: Upper medium body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with a little alcohol warming.

Overall: I guess it's not really an ESB but it's still a pretty good beer and better than expected.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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