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
Photo of fishguyac
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Way to hoppy of a winter ale for my taste.

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Photo of jahbless
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer, just not my style.

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Photo of dewski312
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justintcoons
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish brown with half inch head
Smell is caramel malt. Taste is the sweet malt with some peppery heat from the alcohol, followed by earthy hops and moderate bitterness. Reminded me a little of a scotch ale but with more hops.
Carbonation is moderate - creamy but a little bite from lots of small bubbles . Very drinkable for after shoveling.
Overall, pleased with this, would get it again.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLogan1989
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marraybay
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark honeyed amber: +1 fingers of white head. cloudy.

Smell: Yeasty dough.

Taste: Decent malt backbone that gives way to some mid & closing
level bitterness that "accumulates." Wouldn't call the bitterness "citrusy"
necessarily--at least at 1st--but as it built upon the palate, it may have
taken on some of those characteristics.

Feel: full

Overall: I enjoyed this. for me it was a bit of a hybrid thing; Not
quite a DIPA, but not a brown either.

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Photo of afay
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Manny1909
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jamminjohnnyjive
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you like Winter beers, but still want that bitter taste, this is for you.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass , best by 2/18/16.

A - Clear brown with orange highlights, Half finger head that moves to a thin bubbly lace within a few minutes.

S - Toffee, malts, some nuttiness. Raisin.

T - Bready. Toasted grains, mild bitterness. Some of the aroma notes are here, though muted.

M - Carbonation medium, a touch on the light/watery side, but that is normal for the style (as I remember it, been a while since I tried one).

O - Good to revisit the style. This beer , while not remarkable, is well made and tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Hyhat
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brushkanna
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lahoi
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful copper color. Hazy. Small head, good lacing.

Smells a lot like a caramel apple mixed with a candied apple on top of an apple pie that is sprinkled with cinnamon. In other words, very good.

Starts bitter, but finishes smooth. Very earthy.

Medium to full bodied with limited carbonation.

Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of pixarnick
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trbtodd
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of microbrewlover
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a solid copper color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a white one finger head which hangs around until the end and there is a pretty good amount of lacing.

The smell is a base of toasted malts and some caramel with some bubblegum and dried fruits, smells like apples, on top.

The taste starts with toasted malts and caramel along with some spice and a fruity taste. Everything is well balanced but nothing really pops. The finish is dry; leaves your mouth puckered.

Overall this is a pretty good ESB; it is worth trying.

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