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Winter Storm Imperial ESB | Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
1,036 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:
#15,319
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,036
pDev:
12.11%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
100
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 525
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

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is malt. The taste is malt with some hops. Ayyyyy really like this beer (had to do it)

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Beautiful very dark red, only barely translucent, half a finger head after
aggressive pour which faded fast, a little lacing.

S-Sweet malts & dried dark fruits, some alcohol, smelled a bit of grape as it warmed.
T-Awesome big chocolatey bitter! Offset by some sweet dried dark fruit, prunes, cherry.
Finishes a nice strong bitter.

M-Big creamy feel! Nice level of carbonation for the style.
O-Complex blend of sweet & bitter. Isn't the real test if you'd drink it again?
Yes...yes I would!

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Photo of BlueShepard19
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmyd8386
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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

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

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

Pours a clear orangish light reddish color with ivory colored head. Caramel, malts, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with mostly malt.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of fishguyac
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
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 -32.9%
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 -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justintcoons
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLogan1989
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marraybay
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter Storm Imperial ESB from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings
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