Below Decks | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the depths of the Heavy Seas ship comes our Below Decks barley wine. Aged for a full year in red wine barrels, this palate punisher has enough firepower to keep your crew satisfied for the duration of the winter excursion. The beer is opulently rich, malty, and nuanced with notes of dried cherries and subtle oak. See why some of the greatest things come to those who wait.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,461
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
30
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quafftastic
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B302
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dennisdrinks
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: definite red wine smell - medium high to high, balanced by medium to medium high malt aromas. Alcohol, bread, vanilla, brown sugar, treacle, fruit and dried fruit aromas are medium and add complexity. Hop aromas are medium low to low. The aromas are slightly sweet.

L: It pours semi-clear brown with a red wine to rose tint. Fine bubbles slowly rise to the surface joining a thin pinkish white foam cap with moderate to poor retention. A swirl of the glass produces fine legs.

T: The flavors are complex and layered melding fruit, grape and vanilla red wine barrel flavors with English Barleywine dark dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar and treacle. It has a balancing bitter finish. While the beer leans to the malt it has a fairly big red wine character and big alcohol. The alcohol is smooth and not hot or harsh.

F: The beer is full bodied to chewy with medium low carbonation.

O: big, complex well balanced beer, deligh to drink

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Didn't really like it that much it was a bit too musty grape wine tasting and by the second glass (Got a bomber for 8 bucks) the alcohol really takes over. The BBA version is by far the most superior.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**
02/26/2017

On tap at blend.

LOOK: murky brown, medium white head.
AROMA: grape, raisin, red wine,
TASTE: wine, grains, little bit of woodyness.
FEEL: warming, medium body.

This is really nice. My favorite heavy seas beer by far.


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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

This big ass Barleywine is mellowed out for a good while in red wine barrels, for 12.2% abv that level is pretty tame. Lush oakiness, berries and cherries, and an edge of caramel. Loads of complexity, mildly vinous though without a doubt this clearly says Barleywine all around.

Seek a bottle out.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium brown. It's like a bog. No head whatsoever. The aroma is sweet, heavily vanilla, with just a hint of fruit. The taste balances the vanilla with a unique red wine quality and the traditionally malty barley wine. It's a little different but really good. The body is thicker and smooth.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky rust colored with no head.

Aroma: can easily smell the red wine, some dark fruits, raisin and plum. Slight booziness to it, but not very noticeable.

Taste: a fair amount of hop bite up front, light sweetness to it. The hops take the lead and overpower the malt. Earthy notes, oak and red wine finish things out. The booziness is at the very end.

Feel: lightly carbonated, medium in body.

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft. Looks hazy, almost like unfiltered apple cider - not what I was expecting. Flavor is nice and not overly boozy but you can still tell it's strong since it will definitely creep up on you.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a regular pint glass. Pours a very attractive deep amber, with a solid 2 inch head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell is red zin, caramel, black cherries, clove, and oaky wood.

Taste follows red wine immediately hits the tongue, ripe black cherries, clove, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, definitely dry, and a sipper that drinks easy enough.

Overall this is very nice, different than most Barleywines and that is a positive thing.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 30 ratings