Plank IV | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Myotus on 12-15-2015

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by wisrarebeer:
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 6oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep dark garnet color with a slight haze. This is topped with a small, slow fading head of tan foam. The head just holds a wispy this layer and lacing is very slick.

Smell: The aroma brings notes of dark fruit, earthy dank wood and sweet candy like malts to the nose. I also get a light nutty note with some funky yeast and very faint herbal hops way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a big full bodied hit of sweet fruity malts with earthy and almost spicy woody flavors. Dark fruits like plums, raisins and dried black cherries mix with dank oak, maple and cedar like woody notes. Hop flavor is very mild and the finish is on the sweeter side.

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Photo of ledouge
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine quad pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights with a quickly dissipating off white head of foam that settles to a thin ring with occasional lacing after each sip. Nose of cherries, subtle vanilla, brandy, and sweet brown sugar. Flavors follow the nose with brandy and cherries on the front and sides, moderately heavy booze presence with oak and vanilla coming through on the back with a subtle date flavor on the finish. Warming, smooth, lightly syrupy, and solid for the style with subtle carbonation.



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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown bordering on with reddish hue, minimal effervescence and scant head which resolves rather quickly with minimal lacing. Smells strongly of dark cherry, new leather, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar
Sweet roasted malts forward, with complex medley of contrasting malty, smokey, leathery with strong notes of vanilla, oak, clean finish. Body is medium and has enough astringency to prevent it from becoming syrupy.

Overall a very complex, with apparently multiple woods involved in the aging process - reminds me of Dogfish's Palo Santo Marron - with a little more complexity and slightly thinner body. Makes for a good aperitif or after dinner desert beer. Can be enjoyed and sipped on its own.
I'll stock up on this and see how it responds to aging. . .

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Photo of liquorpig
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color with ruby glowing at the edges when held to the light. Nice tan head on top.

S: Brown sugar is the first thing I smell, followed by a lovely dark fruit, matched with a hint of spice, and a classic Belgian yeast character. The wood melds the aromas together, and really comes out in the finish.

T: Delicious Belgian character, with woody notes. Brown sugar, rock candy, plum, dark fruit and raisins. The wood shines in the finish with notes of cedar and poplar being the most prevalent.

M: Medium thick, and a touch syrupy, carbonation is fine and just slightly less active than a typical Belgian.

O: Overall a pretty great beer, nice flavor, and I like the wood character in it. Although it doesn’t quite have the depth I was looking for. Intriguing and delicious, but perhaps not as complex as I was hoping for. Getting a touch of a bourbon kick in this would really kick it up a notch. It’s pretty awesome though that proceeds go to clean water charity.

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Photo of Bigben0328
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a goblet

This beer pours brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is fig, dates, and molasses.

The taste is similar to the smell. It starts out sweet and malty with flavors of figs and dates. It has a dry, oaky finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel

I'm not going to complain about this beer simply because it was $7.99 for a bomber. The flavor was above average, and it is 10.5%.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really liked this. Good aromas of malt and molassas, certainly a sipping beer.

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Photo of wagnere13
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a snifter. Has a reddish brown hue, with a nose of alcohol, cherry and licorice.

Has a heavy taste of licorice at first sip. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Initially there is a flat, pretty strange aftertaste which is a bit discouraging. After warming up for a few minutes, the aftertaste disappears and this transforms into quite a tasty brew. Not the best quad I've had, but I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first thought with this beer was how good it would taste during the holiday season. It would just pair very nicely at a big holiday dinner. It has some bold flavor, brandy, brown sugar, and raisins. Since it's a spring offering it might do well paired with Easter dinner and balance out the salty ham with the sweetness of this beer. Otherwise it is a tad overwhelming on it's own.

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Photo of rypkr
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I LOVE barrel aged beers and I can't believe I'm saying this, but this has TOO MUCH wood in the taste. Not really a recognizing quad either.

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Photo of kaunshelly
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/24/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of candy sugar, dark fruit, caramel and licorice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong well-disguised kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schaffer9252
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BJB13
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Looks like thin maple syrup in the glass. It is crowned by a one finger tan head that leaves just a bit of lace along with an oily coating on the side of the glass.

The nose is fairly strong and full of raisin, fig, caramel and molasses. Some alcohol is present as well.

Taste is smooth and sweet finishing with a a little tang and touch of heat. Simple and straightforward, dark fruit and molasses are the mainstays of flavor.

Medium bodied with low carbonation it is soft and viscous.

Not complex but easy sipping and very enjoyable. Wish I had more of these hidden away.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First beer of 2017, is a 2016 Heavy Seas Plank IV. Sweet beer, has some woody notes, but not enough complexity to make things really interesting or overcome the sweetness. The base beer is supposed to be a Belgian quad, but reminds me more of an old ale. Very low carbonation. Overall, it's ok, but not great. Had some of the past versions of Plank, and similarly they were decent but not great. Thought maybe this latest version would be a significant improvement, but just not so.

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with ruby edges and about a half finger of head. The nose has notes of bread and wood. The flavor is sweet and sticky with a solid malt backbone and a nice woody essence on the finish.

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Plank IV from Heavy Seas Beer
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